United Way Funding Opportunities

United Way is opening its 2023 grant application cycle for Unite Charlotte and United Neighborhoods with a Letter of Interest process beginning in May and June, respectively.


Anson, Cabarrus and Union Counties 

For information regarding United Way funding opportunities in Anson, Cabarrus and Union Counties, please send all inquiries to 


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

“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-found Project B.O.L.T.


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
  • Lakeview
  • Albemarle Rd./Central Ave.
  • Beatties Ford Rd/Rozzelles Ferry Rd.
  • Freedom Dr./Wilkinson Blvd.
  • N. Tryon / Graham St
  • Sugar Creek Rd./I-85
  • West Blvd.

  • West Davidson (Davidson)
  • Smithville (Cornelius)
  • Pottstown (Huntersville)
  • Huntington Green (Huntersville)

(2) and respond to the service priorities identified by residents of those geographies. 

Quick Resources:

The City of Charlotte's Quality of Life Explorer can be used as a resource to learn more about the listed geographies.

Grant Process

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: June 13, 2022 | 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. 

For agencies serving the seven larger geographies listed above. 

Information Session: June 24, 2022 | 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. 

Information Session: June 27, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. 

Please direct questions and inquires to  

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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