Grant Funding Opportunities

Community Impact Fund Grants

Thousands of generous community members make annual gifts to United Way's Community Impact FundUnited Way of Champaign County allocates these gifts via two-year grants to local organizations working to create long-lasting, measurable change in Education, Health or Financial Stability.

All community programs are invited to apply for a grant every two years. The grant process is competitive, and organizations must meet specific requirements. The final grants are determined by the United Way Board of Directors, in conjunction with over one hundred community volunteers who are committed to advancing United Way's mission and goals. More information on becoming a grant review volunteer is available here. 

 

It is time to apply for a Community Impact Fund Grant!

The Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Community Impact Fund Grant Cycle opened October 11, 2017 with a Letter of Intent Training.

 

Click here to begin the Letter of Intent process.

Letter of Intent Step by Step Instructions 

Click here to view the funding cycle timeline.

Eligibility Requirements

United Way of Champaign County has specific requirements for a program to be eligible for a Community Impact Fund grant. Please click here to download the list of requirements

United Way of Champaign County's funding guidelines are specific. We do not provide funds to individuals, political institutions, school fundraisers, capital campaigns, capital items, endowments, sponsorships, marketing opportunities, event fundraisers or sports events.

 

Outcomes and Indicators

The Community Impact Fund grants are intended to create long lasting, measurable community change. To measure community change, we use a common set of measurements called metrics. Each program applying for funding must indicate the target issue they are addressing and the outcomes and indicators they will use to measure their progress. Please click here to download the list of outcomes and indicators

 

Questions?

Contact Beverley Baker or Amy Huang via email or by calling 217-352-5151.


Off-Cycle Funding Opportunities

In order to respond to unanticipated needs and/or investment opportunities that do not align with the two-year funding cycle, our Board has authorized three situations in which money for off-cycle funding may be allocated.

Safety Net Funding

Community Initiative Funding

Special Opportunities Funding

The UWCC board is explicit that off-cycle funding is NOT a way to circumvent the two year funding cycle, which is the main way that allocable funding is distributed and quality control is exercised, nor should the funding be seen as unrestricted discretionary funds.

For more information please contact Sue or Beverley.