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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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Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach have been awarded Federal Funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). A local board made up of organization and city leaders will determine how funds will be distributed, dependent upon current local priorities regarding emergency food and shelter. Agencies eligible to apply for EFSP funding MUST: be private, voluntary non-profits, public non-profits, or units of government; be eligible to receive federal funds; have an accounting system; practice non-discrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and, if a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.


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