Community Impact Fund Grants
Thousands of generous community members make annual gifts to United Way's Community Impact Fund. United 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.
Community Impact Fund Grant applications are now open.
The Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Community Impact Fund Grant Cycle opened November 19, 2019, with mandatory application training.
United Way of Champaign County has specific requirements for a program to be eligible for a Community Impact Fund grant. Click Here to view eligibility and 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, 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.
Application Training Walk-Through
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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.
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.
FRAUD ALERT: An online scam is using our brand to swindle people. In each case, someone claiming to work for United Way reaches out to congratulate potential victims on “being eligible for a cash grant.” You will never be contacted by United Way with an unsolicited grant offer. It is highly unusual for any charity to do this. We will never ask for sensitive personal information (e.g. banking information, social media passwords, etc.) in exchange for a "cash grant". If you get an offer like this, please call your local United Way immediately – before providing any information.