United Way Program Grant Application

Partner Program Annual Grants:

The United Way of Ross County (UWRC) works to align community needs and priorities with donations.  Each year, between August and September, United Way accepts applications from 501(c)(3) organizations for grants.  To receive funding, these organizations, operating in Ross County,  must strive to improve Health, Education and/or Financial Stability in our community through their programming.  Organizations and programs must be in existence for one year prior to applying for a grant.  Additionally, the grant request must align with the UWRC community investment matrix.   Programs must measurably demonstrate outcomes in one or more of the UWRC Impact areas: Health, Education, and Financial Stability.  Programs must also serve a documented need in Ross County. Organizations awarded UWRC grants will be paid through reimbursement by showing receipts,  outcomes, and success stories via quarterly reports.   The UWRC grant application process is totally automated.  ALL grant applications must be submitted online to be considered for approval by the Community Grant Allocations Committee.  This grant committee uses a grading matrix to select funding partners. 

New Initiative Grants:

United Way of Ross County also funds New Initiative Programs in amounts less than $10,000 that will improve Health, Education, and Financial Stability and need funding to get started.   The agency itself must be in existence for a year and be a 501(c)(3) organization.  To be approved, the new program must be able to measurably demonstrate outcomes in one or more of the UWRC Community Impact Focus Areas of Health, Education, and Financial Stability;  include a program budget;  and serve a documented need in Ross County.  

Special Needs Grant:

In addition to the Annual Program Grants and the New Initiative Program Grants, the United Way of Ross County awards Special Need Grants to nonprofit agencies.  The agency requesting the Grant must be in existence for at least one year.  The organization requesting the item must provide supporting information on how this item will help improve education, health, or financial stability for those that will be using or benefiting from the item.   Special Needs Grants are not given for operating costs or to general fundraising for organizations.   Special Needs Grant requests are reviewed once a quarter by our Community Grant Committee.