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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.
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Women United, a leadership giving society of United Way of South Hampton Roads, is a local network of over 750 women that provides the opportunity to take action in our community through leadership, fundraising, and advocacy. Women United directs resources towards achieving self-sufficiency and long-term economic security among women and families living in South Hampton Roads. Through these investments, they strive to break the cycle of poverty by using innovative, bold strategies that allow women to flourish in every part of their lives and that unite partners, align existing resources, and target service gaps.

With this RFP, they’re seeking innovative ideas in the utilization of brain science. This $25,000 microgrant is intended to spur small innovations by encouraging curiosity, problem solving, and creativity. Specifically, the investment strategy aims to boost the adoption of brain science informed approaches in the design and implementation of programs and/or within the practices or policies of human service organizations. Click below to learn more or apply. Applications are due by July 22, 2022.
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Certification is a one-year classification – not a grant funding opportunity – that we offer to local nonprofits to demonstrate to the public that an agency has met a robust set of standards covering financial health, governance and performance accountability. Certified agencies have access to multiple benefits, and an agency must be certified to apply for a grant through our annual RFP process. Applications for new and renewal certifications are currently paused while we process applications for our annual RFP. If you are interested in learning more about our Community Investments and how to apply, please email us.


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