2024 Grant Application

United Way’s highly competitive process Community Impact Grant process is designed to award funds to programs demonstrating community need, articulating program efficacy, delivering measurable outcomes and effective services. Upon recommendation of the volunteer-led Community Investment Committee, United Way’s Board of Directors ultimately approves Community Impact Grants to local health and human service programs administered by nonprofit agencies. No single volunteer or staff person at United Way makes these investment decisions. 


Based upon the charitable structure of the United Way of Freeborn County, grants are limited to 501c3 non-profit organizations, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities.  

Sponsoring Agencies of programs awarded funding will need to comply with Partner Agency Agreement terms. The completed Partner Agency Agreement form is due back within one month of the grant award notification.  

2024 GRANT Highlights  

  • Grant proposals describe programmatic costs for one year.  

  • Expenditure period for this grant is 1/1/24 to 12/31/24 

  • Applications are for programs with specified outcomes, not for the agency/organization/nonprofit 

  • The maximum any program may apply for is $10,000  

  • One application per agency may be submitted 

2024 Grant Timeline & Awards Info  

  • Applications due on September 4th at Noon 

  • Panel Presentations will occur during the evening the week of September 16th or week of September 23rd 

  • The primary contact will be sent an email with an invitation to sign up for Panel Presentations

  • Allocation timelines are noted in your grant award letter

  • Award letters will be sent out no later than the first two weeks of October


Panel presentations are designed to showcase your program and community impact. It is also an opportunity to answer questions from the Community Investment Committee to clarify or expand answers on the application.  
Applicants will be notified of presentation details the week following the application deadline. Presentations will occur the weeks of September 16th or September 23rd. Applicants should plan for a 10-20 minute presentation, including Q&A. At this time, please prepare for these presentations to be in-person. Due to challenges of audio, there will be no hybrid option.  
Executive Directors are encouraged to invite a board member or program staff be at the presentation. If more than two people plan to attend, please notify UWFC staff.  


In 2024, UWFC staff will be providing questions regarding grant guidelines via written format. Questions and answers will be posted on the website for all applicants to review. We are unable to answer questions specific to your organization or budget. This does not apply to technical support. Applicants should have logged into the grant portal, reviewed the grant application and fully reviewed the Grant Guidelines, Shared Outcomes and supporting documents. These can be reviewed at http://unitedwayfc.org/communityimpactgrant Please bookmark this page, as many questions can be answered by reviewing the materials provided here.  



Questions Submitted By:  

Posted Answers On or Before:   

Monday, July 29th  

Wednesday, July 31st  

Friday, August 2nd  

Wednesday, August 7th  

Friday, August 23rd  

Wednesday, August 28th  



All applicants are highly encouraged to log in and review the grant materials within the first two weeks of the grant cycle.  

  • It is best practice to answer your questions in a word document to ensure work is not lost due to technical issues. You may then copy and paste your answers into the grant form itself.  

  • Technical assistance will be provided via virtual office hours each Friday from 2:00-3:00 starting August 2nd    

  • No phone calls will be accepted for grant or technical support. An email may be sent requesting a phone call if necessary to uwfc@unitedwayfc.org but should only be utilized as a last resort.  

  • If technical difficulties are unable to be resolved, please notify UWFC staff and an alternate method of submitting the grant application will be provided.  





Investment Policy:
United Way's Community Investment Policy has historically been that United Way must not be the primary or only source of funds a program receives. United Way encourages applicants to be as self-sustaining as possible, consistent with sound principals of nonprofit fiscal management. This is done to align with United Way's mission to have the greatest impact and to be able to fund multiple programs in the areas of health, Education and Income.

United Way will not fund more than 50% of a program's budget costs. The overall organizational budget must not be considered when calculating the program percentages. 

Program applications that meet both of the following conditions, please review this additional guidance.

·        Grant recipient in 2022, using funds for expenditures in 2023

·        Applying for the same program in 2023

If your program meets the above, please consider the following:          

·        UWFC must not be the primary or only source of funds a program receives. To determine this, evidence must be shown on the financial documents that the agency is providing funding that match or are in excess of the requested amount.

·        Any funds granted by the United Way in 2022 for expenditures in 2022 must be included in the United Way's portion of the 50% program budget cost calculations.  

Example: XYZ Program has applied for funding in 2021 and 2022. They received $500 and will be applying that for expenditures in 2022. In 2022, XYZ Program is requesting another $500 for the same program. To sufficiently meet the financial requirements, XYZ Program must provide evidence of $1,000 designated for the program. In Kind donations and UWFC funding cannot be counted towards this designated line item.




Instructions to Access Grant Form 

All NEW submitters are required to have or create an account to complete and submit your report.  Keep your user name and password handy so that you can "save a draft" and return to complete your submission. This user name and password will continue to be used for future grant cycles. 

  • LOGIN HERE: (If you already have a user name and password. Staff can assist with user names if needed)
  • CREATE AN ACCOUNT: (New users only - Please use your email as your user name - then an email is sent to you to set your password an email will be sent to you)
  • RESET YOUR PASSWORD: (if your email has been used previously, you can reset your password - note that your user name will appear as the greeting)
  • LOGOUT: (Be sure to log out once you have saved your draft or submitted your report)

Due September 4th by Noon