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SAVANNAH, GA (October 2023) – United Way of the Coastal Empire invites nonprofits serving Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties to submit Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) for funding consideration in its 2024/25 Community Fund grant process. LOIs are required only for programs that do not currently receive United Way of the Coastal Empire Community Fund grant support. LOIs should specifically address how the proposed programs provide safety net services to the most vulnerable individuals in our community or a pathway for upward mobility. The United Way prioritizes upward mobility programs that focus on meeting needs in the following areas:

  • Quality, Affordable Childcare
  • Ready & Resilient Workforce
  • Financially Empowered Families
  • Safe & Stable Housing

Interested organizations should review eligibility criteria and instructions at and submit a LOI by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, November 22, 2023. Selected programs will be invited to submit a full application for funding via United Way’s annual, volunteer-driven review process, which will begin in January 2024.


“United Way of the Coastal Empire is seeking proposals for new and innovative programs that align with our strategic plan,” said Brynn Grant, President and CEO of United Way of the Coastal Empire. “We welcome program proposals from both existing United Way funded agencies, as well as from new potential partners that offer solutions designed to stabilize families in crisis situations, or that help individuals from low-wealth communities create opportunities that break the poverty cycle and support upward economic mobility.”


All programs funded by United Way go through a competitive review process to ensure their efficiency, effectiveness, and strategic impact. Knowledgeable volunteers and experts from the community carefully evaluate and select the programs funded by donor contributions. Their recommendations are reviewed and approved by the United Way Board of Directors. After selection, these programs are rigorously monitored to ensure they produce positive, measurable results. Currently, United Way supports 82 programs across 53 agencies.

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