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UCare Foundation

Creating healthy communities and improving lives

Since 1998, the UCare Foundation has improved the lives of UCare members and their communities through grants that address urgent community health needs. We focus grant-making on initiatives that improve the health of underserved individuals — including seniors, people with disabilities, children and families across Minnesota. The UCare Foundation funds high-impact services, education, community outreach and research addressing health equity, social drivers and access barriers.

Championing the UCare mission

The UCare Foundation directly supports the UCare mission to improve the health of our members through innovative services and partnerships across communities. Grant-seeking organizations should consider if their mission and activities match the UCare Foundation’s mission and guidelines.

Team poses with side walk chalk at Pillsbury Elementary School
Adult and child hula hoop at Pillsbury Elementary School
Getting onboard the Twin City Mobile Market

2024 grants

The UCare Foundation will hold three grant campaigns in 2024, each with a single funding priority and announced separately throughout the year. From the Letters of Inquiry (LOI) submitted for each grant priority, the Foundation will invite a limited number of organizations to submit a full application for funding consideration. Click on the links to the right for more details.

2024 funding opportunities

Dental care access in Greater Minnesota

  • Proposals improving access to dental services in Greater Minnesota, focusing on wider acceptance of new patients, increased Medicaid acceptance, reduced wait time between scheduling and seeing a provider, missed appointment follow up, teledentistry or through Federally Qualified Health Centers and Critical Access Dental practices.
  • Dental workforce development initiatives with an emphasis on rural and underserved areas in Greater Minnesota. Projects may include scholarships for dental assistant training and other training supports.
  • Proposals to increase dental access for people with disabilities such as supports for office/clinic accommodations and onsite dental care in group homes, assisted living or long-term care facilities.

    Additional funding opportunities for 2024 will be posted in May and August.


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Phone: 612-676-3595