United Way Funding Opportunities
United Way is opening its 2023 grant application cycle with funding strategies tailored to meet identified priorities in Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg and Union Counties.
Letters of interest open in May and June for Unite Charlotte and United Neighborhoods (Mecklenburg) and for Cabarrus County.
Preview United Way's Impact Framework, Grant Application and rubrics used to evaluate applications. Updated version of the Grant Application, now available.
GRANTS | ANSON COUNTY
Local Anson County volunteers and United Way staff worked closely to create an impact strategy specific to the Anson County community. As a result of this work, the Anson County grant process will focus on strengthening and supporting work in the impact areas of Education and Economic Stability; providing much needed resources and services for our children and youth, individuals, and families.
Within these two impact areas, three specific services areas are identified as high priorities:
- Mentoring Programs for Youth
- Housing Stability
- Food Security (fresh, healthy foods)
Nonprofit agencies will be invited to participate in the Anson County competitive online grant process. Applications will open on August 15 at noon and close Friday, September 2 at noon.
For information regarding United Way funding opportunities in Anson County, please send all inquiries to [email protected].
GRANTS | CABARRUS COUNTY
The Cabarrus County grants process seeks to support and strengthen Cabarrus County residents’ mental wellness through resources and strategies to improve mental health, greater understanding of crisis intervention strategies and supports, and expanded access to care.
Through the 2023 grants process, we seek to support up to five agencies that commit to entering into a highly collaborative partnership with Mental Health America of Central Carolinas to engage in community awareness and education efforts focused on:
- Mental health literacy
- Reducing the stigma of mental health diagnosis and treatment
- Encouraging community members to prioritize mental wellness
- Programs reducing barriers to access evidence-based, culturally appropriate mental healthcare
Cabarrus Information Session
Thursday, June 30, 2022 | 1pm - 2pm
Cabarrus Entrepreneurship Center, Community Room | 57 Union Street South | Concord, NC 28025
United Way of Central Carolinas will launch its 2023 Cabarrus County application process with a required Letter of Interest on Monday, June 27, 2022 at noon.
GRANTS | UNION COUNTY
Local Union County volunteers and United Way staff worked closely to create an impact strategy specific to the Union County community. As a result of this work, the Union County grant process will focus on strengthening and supporting work in the impact areas of Education, Economic Stability, and Healthcare; providing much needed resources and services for our children and youth, individuals, and families.
Within these impact areas, two specific services areas are identified as high priorities:
- Mentoring Programs for Youth
- Afterschool and vocational support for the Intellectual/Development Disability community
Nonprofit agencies will be invited to participate in the Union County competitive online grant process. Applications will open on August 15 at noon and close Friday, September 2 at noon.
For information regarding United Way funding opportunities in Union County, please send all inquiries to [email protected].
GRANTS | MECKLENBURG COUNTY
Originally launched in response to the civic unrest that erupted in Charlotte in the fall of 2016, Unite Charlotte provides not only funding, but also capacity-building initiatives, to local grassroots organizations advancing racial equity and addressing economic mobility.
Grant Opportunities Available for First Year Grantees
United Way of Central Carolinas will launch its 2023 Unite Charlotte First Year application process on May 16, 2022. The first step in the application process is the Letter of Interest (LOI), which is due on June 3, 2022 at noon.
Agencies interested in applying for Unite Charlotte funding are encouraged to attend the information session, which will cover applicant eligibility and the application process. The recording can be accessed below.
Watch recorded session: Passcode $0C0.jJn
Unite Charlotte Second and Third Year grant opportunities are by invitation only.
Please direct questions and inquiries to [email protected].
“United Way understands that we have to build partnerships with the people closest to the problems because they are the closest to the solutions. I hope and pray we get more companies and organizations in Charlotte to understand this, to latch on to more of these grassroots nonprofits and to continue to invest in our communities.” - Gemini Boyd, co-founder Project B.O.L.T.
GRANTS | MECKLENBURG COUNTY
Our United Neighborhoods strategy works to change the odds for individuals and families living in our region’s most disinvested neighborhoods. From financial stability and affordable housing to school preparation and literacy skills, the needs of these communities are many and varied.
Grant Opportunities Available for Neighborhood Work
United Way of Central Carolinas will launch its 2023 United Neighborhoods application process on June 27, 2022 at noon. The first step in the application process is the Letter of Interest (LOI).
Funding will be prioritized to organizations with:
(1) a commitment to serve families based in the following geographies:
- Renaissance West
- Grier Heights
- Albemarle Rd./Central Ave.
- Beatties Ford Rd/Rozzelles Ferry Rd.
- Freedom Dr./Wilkinson Blvd.
- Graham Street / N. Tryon
- Sugar Creek Rd./I-85
- West Blvd.
- North Mecklenburg:
- West Davidson
- Smithville (Cornelius)
- Pottstown (Huntersville)
- Huntington Green (Huntersville)
(2) and respond to the service priorities identified by residents of those geographies.
The City of Charlotte's Quality of Life Explorer can be used as a resource to learn more about the listed geographies.
Agencies interested in applying for United Neighborhoods funding are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming information sessions. Registration is required.
For agencies serving Grier Heights, Lakeview, and Renaissance West.
Information Session: PPT Slides have been added from June 21.
For agencies serving the seven larger geographies listed above.
Watch Recorded Session: Passcode !HV9t&Ew
United Way of Central Carolinas
United Way of Central Carolinas awards millions in grants each year to nonprofit agencies that are building stronger neighborhoods, advancing racial equity and economic mobility, and providing a safety net for those who need it most across the Charlotte region.
All grant applications will be assessed through a community-led review process, during which staff and dedicated volunteers evaluate and identify the local collaborations and approaches that can create a lasting impact.
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