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Grants to Michigan Nonprofits and Agencies for Education,
Basic Needs, Health, and Financial Stability Programs

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United Way of Genesee County (UWGC)

Deadline Date:

04/06/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Michigan nonprofit organizations and governmental entities in eligible locations for projects, programs, and services that will improve the quality of life for residents. Funding is intended for the priority areas of education, basic needs, health, and financial stability. Activities should benefit Genesee and Shiawassee Counties.

 UWGC awards grants that meet specific priority areas:

  • Genesee County, the priority areas are Education and Basic Needs (including Health and Financial Stability).
    • Basic Needs:
      • Emergency Support Services: Food, Shelter, Financial Assistance, Child Abuse Intervention.
      • Economic Mobility
      • Access to Health
    • Education:
      • School Readiness
      • Youth Success
  • Shiawassee County, the priority areas are Education and Basic Needs. 
    • Education
      • School Readiness
      • Strengthening Families
    • Basic Needs
      • Emergency Support Services
      • Safety
      • Senior Needs

More about the priority areas can be found in the specific application forms in Supporting Documents, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162666

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typically awarded grants range from $2,500 - $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding will begin on July 1, 2021 and extend through June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following requirements must be met in order for a program to receive funding through the Community Impact Grants Process:
- The organization must be a 501(c)(3) in good standing with the State of Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act and IRS rules for Charitable Organizations; or governmental entity.
- The organization must be established for more than 3 years at time of submission.
- The proposed program must concentrate its efforts and services within Genesee or Shiawassee County.
- UWGC values programs that are non-duplicative, large in scale, emphasize collaboration and leverage dollars from other donors.
- The proposed program must make an impact in one or more of the UWGC priority areas and its target strategies.
- The United Way does not support capital projects of any kind.

Pre-Application Information:

United Way of Genesee County is currently accepting applications for Community Impact Grants. The application process for the 2021-2022 cycle is now open through April 6, 2021.

UWGC Community Impact Program Proposals must be submitted to Emily Marrah, Relationship Specialist, electronically, via email no later than 5:00pm on April 6, 2021. Organizations may apply for multiple programs; however, each proposed program must be submitted through separate proposals. Combined proposals will be automatically denied. Each program submitted may only be submitted under one target strategy.

Community Impact Cabinet will begin the application review process in April/May 2021. Final approval will be determined by UWGC Board of Directors in May/June 2021. Organizations will be notified of funding decision via letter and email. Funding decisions are final and there is no appeal process.

Funds are distributed in two installments, one at the beginning and one halfway through the funding cycle.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to:
Emily Marrah, Relationship Specialist

For questions related to the United Way's Community Impact Grants process in Genesee or Shiawassee Counties, please contact Jamie-Lee Venable, Vice President of Operations, at or 810-762-5826.

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USA: Michigan: Genesee and Shiawassee Counties

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