The United Way is an international philanthropic organization that operates in 40 countries. There are almost 1,800 individual community United Way offices worldwide. And each office shares the basic strategic goals of improving education, income and health. But each acts as a fairly autonomous community entity, focused on the needs surrounding it in the city or counties it supports.
Each United Way office is in fact run as a local organization by those living in the community themselves. It solicits charitable fund-raising locally and returns that investment into support for local non-profits that focus on improving the quality of life in that area. Many of these offices provide regular grant programs for non-profit organizations in the community they serve. These community improvement grants provide funding for programs and services that share the United Way’s overall mission.
If you are a non-profit seeking funding, you should contact the local United Way in your area directly to inquire about community improvement grants. Be aware that what the United Way funds from office to office can be quite different. And criteria for grant eligibility can vary as well.
Here are ten of the larger programs located in the United States and some basic information about the grants they are currently offering.
Atlanta, GA – United Way of Greater Atlanta
Programs seeking grants should focus on one of four areas: education, income, health or homelessness. Any questions should be emailed to Jerry Walters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago, IL – United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Organizations inquiring about grants should email information to email@example.com to receive funding updates.
Dallas, TX – United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Offering grants that focus on education, income and health. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about Community Impact Grants in the Dallas area.
Houston, TX – United Way of Greater Houston
Currently offering $500 to $5,000 one time grants to non-profit groups that benefit community projects and programs. Email Chris McMinn at email@example.com to receive updates for funding opportunities or call 713-685-2738.
Irvine, CA – Orange County United Way
Orange County’s current 3 year grant commitment is providing $4.5 million in funding to 95 service organizations through their Community Impact Fund. Visit their website to sign up for grant updates.
Ithaca, NY – United Way of Tompkins County
Current grants fight hunger and food insecurity and make investments into youth philanthropy programs. For more information, contact Meg Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 607-272-6286.
New York, NY – United Way of New York City
The most recent grants offered in NYC were Collaboration Grants pairing community organizations in partnerships and Community Leaders Impact Grants that provided leadership training.
San Francisco – United Way of the Bay Area
All grant programs are currently focused on lowering poverty in the Bay Area. This office is not accepting unsolicited requests for funding or letters of intent at this time.
St. Louis – United Way of Greater St. Louis
In 2012, this office disbursed $211,000 to 22 Community Enhancement Grants. Contact Vanessa Wayne at email@example.com for information about the grant program.
Washington, DC – United Way of the National Capital Area
Community Impact Grants are issued each January, with letters of intent due in August, each year. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.