Call: 304.340.3500


How to apply for FUNDING

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 impact areas of education, health, financial stability 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 501(3)(c) programs in Boone, Clay, Kanawha, Logan and Putnam Counties are eligible to apply for United Way Community Impact funding during the open application period.

Letter of Intent Process

The Letter of Intent Process allows qualified nonprofit 501(3)(c) organizations to submit program proposals aligned with United Way of Central West Virginia’s Impact Goals.


How the Funding Process Works

Funding Timeline
November 1 Letter of Intent (LOI) submission open to the public
January 10 LOI deadline
January 12-30 Allocations Committee (Volunteers) Review/Evaluate LOI's
February 6, 8 Grant Application Training
March 2 Deadline for Grant Submission
March - May Volunteer Review Process and Site Visits
June Funding Recommendations presented to Board for Final Approval
July Applicants Notified of Funding Decisions
January Funding Begins

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, call 304.340.3521.

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