This Agency Resources page is meant to provide a centralized space for agencies to access all resources related to United Way’s Community Investments. Each time an RFP is released or an online application opens, the links will be available here. Additional information, such as technical assistance, is also provided in this space. Organizations are encouraged to apply for any and all opportunities that align with their programming and strategic objectives.

COVID-19 Rapid Reponse Grants


Please visit these websites to learn about how we are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and open grant opportunities.

2020 Agency Information Session Recording


If you are interested in learning more about our Community Investments and you were not able to attend this year’s information session in person, this recorded presentation covers the following agenda:

  • About Our Community Investments 
    • Overview
    • Types of Investments
    • Focus Areas of Grant Funding
    • Agency Resources & Opportunities
  • 2020-21 Certification
    • Re-Certification
    • New Agency Certification

CLICK HERE to download the presentation. To listen to the recording: hover your mouse over the sound image in the upper right hand corner of each slide and press the play button that appears. You can navigate to the section(s) you are interested in and listen to the recordings on those slides.



The best way to learn about our application system is to review this Blackbaud 101 document in full.

Here are a couple of the most important things to remember when using this online application system:

ALL APPLICANTS MUST Create an Account Portal Log-in: Go to: and click “New Applicant?” to set up your log-in with an email and password.

Access your saved applications ONLY through your Account Portal: Your Account Portal is the ONLY place to access in-progress (saved) applications for editing, as well as copies of applications that have been submitted. Log-in to your Account Portal at this link:

In other words, you will use the online application links in the Investment Opportunities Section only when starting a new application for the first time. Once you press “save and finish later” you will find your saved application in your Account Portal.  Application links always start a new, blank application.  This means the only time you will use an application link more than once is when you are intentionally submitting multiple applications under the same RFP, such as applications for two different programs that fall under Early Childhood Success. 



United Way staff are available to provide technical assistance related to all aspects of Community Investments, such as the online application portal (Blackbaud Grantmaking), grant applications, choosing alignment with United Way strategies, and Certification. Depending on the type and complexity of the assistance requested, our technical assistance is available by email, phone, and appointment.

For support, please contact Kathleen or Teresa:



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. Certification demonstrates to the public that an agency has met a robust set of standards covering three core areas: financial health, governance, and performance accountability. All certified agencies have access to the full list of benefits that certification offers.

Review the Agency Manual (certification section and Appendix A) for full details of requirements, eligibility, and benefits.

If you were not able to attend this year’s information session in person, CLICK HERE to download the recorded presentation. You can navigate to the slides on Certification in the second half of the presentation. To listen to the recording: hover your mouse over the sound image in the upper right hand corner of each slide and press the play button that appears.


Certification Type

Online Application Link



New Agency [closed] January 24, 2020 For agencies not currently Certified
Re-Certification [closed] January 24, 2020 For currently Certified agencies

 Please Note: There is a new guideline for late submissions. Please be sure to review it on page 34 of the Agency Manual.



This year, our grant opportunities will be offered primarily through Request for Proposals (RFPs) released throughout the year to enable flexibility and responsiveness while promoting greater structure and cohesiveness. The Community Investments Overview provides context for these RFPs and includes United Way’s population focus, Community Vision for Change, and types of investments.

Across our investment opportunities, we aim to invest in direct services (including both essential services and program investments) and systems change because we believe this two-pronged approach is crucial to tackling our community’s most complex challenges. Organizations are encouraged to apply for any and all opportunities that align with their programming and strategic objectives.

Open to All Agencies

See the specific Requests for Proposals to understand the eligibility criteria for each opportunity.



Request for Proposals (RFP)

Online Application Link


Child Developmental Screenings (ASQ®)

Apply to participate in a community-wide effort to ensure that all children are screened and supported with achieving developmentally appropriate milestones and growth using the online Ages & Stages Questionnaire® (ASQ®).

Note: This RFP is NOT for organizations who are applying under the Early Childhood Success RFP strategies 1 and/or 2.

Child Developmental Screenings (ASQ®) RFP Child Developmental Screenings application Rolling
Community Accelerator Fund Aims to support capacity building for collaboratives/coalitions and fund new creative or cutting-edge ideas.

Community Accelerator Fund RFP

Note: Read first

Community Accelerator Fund Letter of Interest Application Rolling
Initiative Investments & Special Projects Initiative Investments include funding for targeted projects or programs that support United for Children and Mission United. Special projects include targeted efforts that address other emergent community needs 
Initiative Investment: United for Children This opportunity aims to support individual or group mentoring programs and/or educational and enrichment collaborations working in the St. Paul’s area of Norfolk.

United for Children Mentoring for Literacy and Youth Development

United for Children Application Link Rolling
Special Project: Trauma-Informed Care This opportunity aims to aims to advance the trauma-informed system of care and support building a trauma-responsive community.

Trauma-Informed Care RFP

Note: Read first

[Closed] [Closed]
Special Project: Oral Health Catalyst RFP United Way of South Hampton Roads and Virginia Health Catalyst aim to co-invest in collaborative projects that seek to identify, understand, and/or address root cause or systems issues that will advance the integration of oral health into the health care system and/or improve oral health outcomes.

Oral Health Catalyst RFP

Note: Read first

Oral Health Catalyst Application  
Initiative Investment: United for Children Summer LEAP This opportunity aims to support the success of school-aged youth by improving access to quality OST activities for youth enrolled in United for Children’s 2019 Summer LEAP program. UfC Summer LEAP Request for Program Proposal [closed] May 29, 2019

Open to Certified Agencies Only

Three RFPs encompass United Way’s funding for Essential Services and Program Investments. These investments represent the longest-running grant funding opportunities at United Way. The RFPs are broken down by three focus areas: Early Childhood Success, Youth Success, and Thriving Families.

The Community Investments Overview serves as the introduction for each of the below RFPs. It includes important information about United Way’s population focus, Community Vision for Change, and types of investments. In addtion to the Community Investments Overview, it is important to carefully read the associated RFP before completing the online application.

Focus Area

Request for Proposals (RFP)*

Online Application Link


Early Childhood Success Early Childhood Success RFP [closed] February 22, 2019
Youth Success Youth Success RFP [closed] March 1, 2019
Thriving Families Thriving Families RFP [closed] March 22, 2019


For current grantees under Early Childhood Success, Youth Success, and Thriving Families, here are the complete Data Reporting guides for your interim and final reports:



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