COVID-19 Assistance for Individuals - Koochiching County

The purpose of the UWNEMN COVID-19 Crisis Fund is to provide financial support to those living or working in UWNEMN's service territory (click here to see if you live or work in a community served by UWNEMN) whose jobs have been impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals/families impacted must demonstrate a financial loss on or after the Governor’s Emergency Executive Order, dated March 13, 2020, to request approval for support to cover basic living expenses.

The following information requested will be used to determine your individual/family’s financial situation and state of need. All requests will remain confidential; each will be carefully reviewed by a small United Way of Northeastern Minnesota committee. Financial support cannot be processed without the form completed in full. Remember to include all household members’ income.

One-time Maximum Request Amount: $350 per person/family

Please note that filling out this application DOES NOT guarantee funding. If your application is approved, please keep in mind that this is a one-time grant opportunity with a maximum distribution of $350, though distributed amounts will vary based on a number of circumstances as we weigh the amount of funding we have to distribute and the number of requests we receive.

  1. Section One – Personal Information: Complete ALL information requested. Please note, this application is specific to individuals living or working in Koochiching County.
  2. Section Two – List of bills to be considered for payment: Please note, United Way does not make contributions to individuals. Payments will be made directly to the creditor. A copy of the current bill(s) requested for consideration MUST be attached.
  3. Economic Analysis – This is a simple budget to determine your monthly income and expenditures. Be precise and inclusive when completing this.
REQUIRED back-up documentation:
  • Copies of actual current month’s bills requesting consideration for payments
  • Documentation showing a reduction in hours, salary, being furloughed, or laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic (examples: letter or email from employer, Executive Order listing your business type as non-essential, etc.)
  • Confirmation of receipt of Unemployment Insurance (if applicable)
  • History of pay stubs showing hours worked prior to 3/13/2020 through application date which demonstrate a reduction in hours (self-employed individuals who do not have pay stubs can upload different documentation demonstrating a decrease in income)
  • If you have indicated you are a veteran or service member, attach a copy of your DD214.
  • If you do not have a scanner, uploading a photo of these documents will suffice.
To access the online application, you will need to create a username and password. 
Click here to create your username and password - or to login with the username and password you already have.