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.



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 sections below 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.



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 Jennifer Terry, 



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 strategy/mission alignment. All certified agencies have access to the full list of benefits that certification offers. Certification is also a prerequisite for many of UWSHR’s funding opportunities.

NEW for 2021: The Certification application is now open year-round to allow agencies to apply when their new external financials are available and to apply to grant opportunities in real time.

  • Re-certifying agencies: Agencies must satisfactorily complete the Certification process once per year, at any time of their choosing, in order to become and remain eligible for funding, health insurance, and campaign promotion. If you fail to complete the process on a yearly basis, or your 990 and external financials become more than 2 years old in our records, your agency will no longer be Certified, but can re-apply at any time.
  • New applicants: there is a priority deadline for new applicants for February 22, 2021 in order to be guaranteed promotion in the 2021 UWSHR Campaign upon approval. The application will be open year-round, and new agencies that become approved for Certification will be considered for other benefits (e.g., health insurance, campaign promotion), based on the timing of when they apply and how it aligns with United Way timelines and procedures.

Certification Standards and application questions have also been streamlined. Please review the updated UWSHR Agency Manual for the 2021 Certification Standards and updates on other UWSHR policies and procedures.

QUESTIONS?? Come to a Certification Q & A Office Hours Zoom meeting (information above).


Certification Type

Online Application Link



New Agency and Re-Certification (Now the same application)

2021 Certification Application

(Click only to start a new application – see Blackbaud section above for how to access saved applications)

Rolling – Open Year-Round (see above)

Non-profit organizations that meet the 2021 Certification Standards outlined in UWSHR’s 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.

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 Opportunities

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



Request for Proposals (RFP)

Additional Materials

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®). Child Developmental Screenings (ASQ®) RFP Child Developmental Screenings 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 early childcare and early learning programs and/or safe-space programs for youth of any age during the school-day and/or afterschool hours working in the St. Paul’s area of Norfolk. Childcare for All Ages RFP Childcare for All Ages New Application Link Rolling

Archived (Closed) Opportunities

Below you will find past Requests for Proposals. They are currently closed, but depending on funding and priorities, similar RFPs could be available in the future.



Request for Proposals (RFP)

Operational Support Grants Operational support grants to organizations who provide programming in the core focus areas of early childhood success, youth success, and/or thriving families/individuals. Operational Support RFP
Community Accelerator Fund Aims to support capacity building for collaboratives/coalitions and fund new creative or cutting-edge ideas. Community Accelerator Fund RFP
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
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
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
Early Childhood Success 2019 Early Childhood Success RFP
Youth Success 2019 Youth Success RFP
Thriving Families 2019 Thriving Families RFP

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