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Community Investments

Our top priority is ensuring your contributions are invested in the best possible way to have the greatest local impact.

How Does United Way Invest In the Community?

United Way works to address our community’s economic mobility challenges, while providing a safety net for our neighbors that face unexpected life challenges. We do this by supporting nonprofits that advance racial equity and create equitable access to opportunity.

Impact Grants

We support our five-county region through a network of partners that work collaboratively to provide comprehensive and coordinated services that will improve economic mobility and achieve results greater than any single organization.

United Neighborhoods

We work to change the odds for those in our most under-resourced neighborhoods by supporting community-driven holistic neighborhood transformation and revitalization efforts.

Unite Charlotte

We support new and grassroots organizations through grants and capacity-building activities focused on improving racial equity and increasing social capital.

Our Process

We provide annual grants through a competitive proposal process to high-performing organizations that address our community’s economic mobility challenges. All grant applications will be assessed through a community-led review process, in which staff and dedicated volunteers evaluate and identify the local collaborations and approaches that can create a lasting impact.

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Grant Applications

Grant Applications

  • The application processes for our various grant programs are open to nonprofit agencies in our five-county region on an annual basis.
  • Applicant agencies are required to complete rigorous application procedures, which include a thorough financial certification process.

Grant Review

Grant Review

  • Community members are invited to participate in the grant review process, serving on behalf of more than 200,000 donors who give to United Way of Central Carolinas.
  • Panels of volunteers review and evaluate applications and host presentations by applicant agencies.
  • The grant panels then comparatively evaluate the proposals and recommend funding amounts to United Way of Central Carolinas’ Board of Directors.
  • Click here to learn about the volunteer review.

Grant Awards

Grant Awards

  • The Board of Directors approve the grant awards and agreements, and agencies are notified of their awards.
  • United Way’s funding cycle is based on the calendar year, beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31.

Questions about United Way’s funding process?

  Please review our funding opportunities and priorities stated above. Click the button below to contact us if you have any additional questions.


  With a focus on building stronger neighborhoods, increasing racial equity and improving the systems that serve our children and families, we work with our network of more than 100 partners across our five-county region.