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Leveraging our resources to fund collaborative, proven solutions for the most urgent challenges


We believe in local solutions for local problems. An essential part of our approach is our volunteer Community Investments Committee. These volunteers ask the questions our supporters want answered. By using a thorough vetting process to select nonprofit partners, they ensure donations are used to solve our most urgent and challenging problems. In addition to pouring over 990s, audits, program details and results, volunteers hit the streets, visiting agencies to see the service for themselves before deciding where funding is invested.


United Way’s grant opportunities will be offered primarily through Requests for Proposals (RFPs) released throughout the year to enable flexibility and responsiveness while promoting greater structure and cohesiveness. Across these opportunities, United Way volunteers aim to invest in direct services (including both essential services and program investments) and systems change because this two-pronged approach is crucial to tackling our community’s most complex challenges. This year, we are introducing a new online application portal called e-CImpact, in hopes of creating a more user-friendly experience for our agency partners. To learn more about the application portal, please view the getting started guide linked below.
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We envision a community where every person belongs, and every person thrives. To reach that vision, we are committed to making strategic investments in alignment with our ongoing efforts and initiatives, including achieving academic success and moving families from surviving to thriving. We recognize this will require a community-wide, collective effort, with many partners and entities all working together for systems change, and we are committed to supporting and walking alongside agencies to make it happen.

In support of that effort, we recently launched our Grassroots Community Building Grants to allow access to United Way funding for organizations that may not meet our agency certification standards, but are doing critical work in the community, particularly among marginalized populations. This RFP will fund agencies and programs on a rolling basis from January 2023 – December 2024, in addition to providing access to a toolkit of capacity building resources. To learn more about the eligibility requirements and application process, please view the request for proposals linked below. If you have questions or need technical assistance, please email us.
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Certification is a one-year classification – not a grant funding opportunity – that United Way of South Hampton Roads offers to local nonprofits that have a direct, substantial presence in UWSHR’s service area. United Way Certification is intended to maintain fiduciary responsibility to our donors. Certification demonstrates to the public that an agency has met a robust set of standards covering three fundamental areas: governance, financial health & management, and strategy & mission alignment. All certified agencies have access to the full list of benefits that certification offers. When an agency is approved for certification, this status is active for a year from the approval. If you are interested in learning more about our Community Investments and how to apply, please email us.


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