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Thank you for believing in a stronger, more hopeful community.

The funds we raise are distributed to a network of highly-vetted local nonprofits – a process which engages dozens of community volunteers to help ensure funds are invested wisely and yield results that matter.

Once funded, United Way holds each of its nonprofit partners accountable to achieving specific outcomes. For further support, we offer regular workshops for organizational and program development, as well as training about our funding priorities and program evaluation process.

WHAT TYPES OF NONPROFIT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES ARE FUNDED BY UNITED WAY?

Donor contributions to the United Way Community Fund are invested in specific, direct service programs that align to one of our six priority outcomes within the areas of education, income, and health.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS ARE NECESSARY TO APPLY FOR UNITED WAY FUNDING?

To be considered for a program grant from United Way, nonprofit organizations must have a physical presence in our four-county service area and meet our funding eligibility criteria.

HOW DOES A NONPROFIT APPLY FOR UNITED WAY FUNDING?

Nonprofits that are new to United Way program funding must first apply through Opportunity Funding; this is a separate, smaller grant process from United Way’s annual program funding cycle. The Opportunity Funding application is not necessarily an annual process but is opened at the discretion of United Way’s Board of Directors based on available resources. Monitor our e-newsletter for Opportunity Funding announcements.

Once funded, United Way invites its nonprofit partners to reapply for annual program funding in the fall. The funding process includes a written application and the provision of financial documents, a program site visit, an in-person application review meeting and follow-up Q&A, as needed. The process spans approximately four months. If a grant is awarded, a counter-signed program funding agreement will be required, along with semiannual reporting.

HOW DOES UNITED WAY MAKE ITS GRANT FUNDING DECISIONS?

United Way Community Investments staff facilitates an outcome-based evaluation process that employs dozens of trained community volunteers to serve as grant evaluators, which is overseen by a standing committee of United Way’s Board of Directors. Decisions are based on the merit of organizational and program performance and the resources available for investment.

Support your grant request, program development, and communications with reliable data and statistics about health and human service needs in our community:

Census.gov

Federal census data

Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition

Community dashboards and health, economic, education and quality of life indicators aligning with the Chatham County Blueprint strategic plan

County Health Rankings

County-by-county health and related social indicators, data and rankings

Get Georgia Reading

With a focus on factors that affect childhood literacy, data maps of academic, economic, health and social indicators by county, census tract, and school

Kids Count (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

Social, health, and economic indicators of child well-being

Research: Poverty in Chatham County and Savannah 2005-2017

In 2019, the Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition and United Way of the Coastal Empire commissioned an analysis of the census data to better understand barriers to economic opportunity for single, female heads of households with young children, a population which disproportionately experiences poverty in Savannah and Chatham County.

Find New Funding with the Foundation Directory Online

United Way of the Coastal Empire partners with Candid to offer the Foundation Directory Online grants database at no charge to our nonprofit community.

Grantseekers may access the Foundation Directory Online here during COVID-19. (Please DO NOT share this link directly on social media.)

The Foundation Directory Online is intuitive and easy to learn. If you are new to grantseeking, Introduction to Finding Grants will help you get started. If you are a first time Foundation Directory Online user, watch Search By Phrase in FDO and Advanced Search & Filters in FDO

For questions or technical assistance, call United Way Community Investments at (912) 651-7700 or email [email protected]. Online chat support is also available.

Association of Fundraising Professionals – Coastal Georgia

Professional development, educational and networking

Candid Overdrive

Online library of free e-books on all aspects of non-profit management

Georgia Center for Nonprofits

Education, training, and resources on all aspects of non-profit management

Grants.gov

Current federal grant opportunities and online support

Grantspace (by Candid)

Online training and resources on proposal writing, fundraising, non-profit governance, management, and starting a non-profit; free e-newsletter, and more

Philanthropy News Digest (PND by Candid)

Free, weekly RFP Bulletin delivers current grant opportunities to your inbox

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