United Way Funding Opportunities
The 2023 grant application process is currently in progress and closed to additional applicant agencies. Please check back in early 2023 for information on the 2024 application process.
United Way’s 2023 application process implements funding strategies tailored to meet the specific priorities identified within Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg and Union Counties.
CLICK HERE to access various resources related to United Way's grant programs, including the Impact Framework, 2023 Grants Information Packet, and the rubrics used to evaluate applications.
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)
The 2023 grant application process for Anson County is by invitation only and is currently underway. For information regarding future United Way funding opportunities in Anson County, please email us.
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
The 2023 Cabarrus County Grant application process kicked off in June 2022 with a required Letter of Interest. The process is currently underway and is no longer open to additional applicant agencies. For information regarding United Way funding opportunities in Cabarrus County, please email us.
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
The 2023 grant application process for Union County is by invitation only and is currently underway. For information regarding future United Way funding opportunities in Union County, please email us.
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 launched its 2023 Unite Charlotte First Year application process in May 2022 with a required Letter of Interest (LOI). The 2023 grant application process is now underway and is no longer open to additional applicants.
Agencies interested in applying for future Unite Charlotte funding are encouraged to check this webpage in early 2023 for updates.
Unite Charlotte Second and Third Year grant opportunities are by invitation only.
Please direct questions and inquiries via email.
“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 launched its 2023 United Neighborhoods application process in June 2022 with a required Letter of Interest (LOI). The application process is now underway and is no longer open to additional applicants.
Agencies interested in applying for future United Neighborhoods grant funding are encouraged to check this webpage in early 2023 for updates.
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.
Please direct questions and inquires via email.
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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