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Applying for Community Impact Grants

United Way of Central West Virginia Community Impact grants are how donors invest local dollars in our local communities to address issues. Funding decisions are made through an annual competitive application process.  United Way Community Impact grants are invested in high performing nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services aligned with our four priority areas of Education, Financial Stability, Health and Safety Net.  

Citizen Review Teams, made up of trained community volunteers, review the Community Impact grants, conduct site visits and make fund allocation recommendations to United Way’s Board of Directors.  The Board is responsible for all final funding decisions. Organizations receiving United Way funds are accountable for the responsible use of those funds and must file quarterly reports measuring their service impact.

Who can apply for a Community Impact grant?

Nonprofit programs in Boone, Clay, Kanawha, Logan and Putnam Counties are eligible to apply for United Way Community Impact funding during the open application period.  The 2018 Community Impact Grant Letter of Intent (LOI) guidelines and timeline is detailed below.

Letter of Intent Process

The Letter of Intent Process allows qualified health and human service non-profit organizations to submit program proposals aligned with United Way of Central West Virginia’s Impact Goals.

How the Funding Process Works

What are United Way of Central WV’s 2018 investment priorities?*

Education– 20% of Community Impact Funding
Quality Early Childhood Education and School Readiness
Academic Success K-12
Parent/Caregiver Development

Health – 30% of Community Impact Funding
Alcohol and Drug Use Disorder
Affordable Healthcare
Affordable Mental Health Counseling
Health and Wellness

Financial Stability – 20% of Community Impact Funding
Employment Readiness
Financial Literacy

Safety Net – 30% of Community Impact Funding
Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Services
Shelter Services
Access to Food
Aging in Place for Seniors
Disaster Relief
Rent and Utility Assistance

*Priorities may be adjusted annually

For more information, contact Lisa Hudnall at or at 304.340.3521.