Your Dollars At Work

We utilize our Community Impact Fund to invest in nearly 80 programs that support our priority areas at more than 50 community organizations. In FY 2015-16, nearly 93% of our Community Impact Fund dollars were invested through Coordinated Funding, while 7% were invested through our own grants.

All of our investments align with our strategic focus areas: Early Childhood, School-Aged Youth, Health & Nutrition, Housing & HomelessnessSeniors, and Financial Stability.

United Way Funding

Our Opportunity Fund supports programs, projects or initiatives that are responding to critical or emergent community needs.

Our Basic Needs Fund supports the immediate, most basic needs of individuals, children and families in need.

Our Financial Stability Fund supports existing and emerging agency programs and initiatives focused on increasing financial capability and self-sufficiency of low-income individuals.

Applications for these funds are currently closed. Visit our Grants page to learn more.


Coordinated Funding

United Way of Washtenaw County is a proud member of the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders. The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders adopted a funding model with three distinct components (Sector Leaders (formerly Planning & Coordinating Entities), Program Operations Funding & Capacity Building Grants) designed to prevent gaps and avoid redundancies in services while streamlining application and reporting procedures for grantees. This effort involved better sharing of information, closer work with local nonprofits to establish common community goals, and increased cooperation in funding decisions.
 
The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders seek to better coordinate our funding of human service programs in Washtenaw County around shared priorities. This effort involves better sharing of information among us, closer work with local nonprofits to establish common community goals, and increased cooperation in our funding decisions.

Program Operations Grants are multi-year funding to support essential services within five priority areas: early childhood, school-aged youth, safety net health & nutrition, housing & homelessness, and aging.

Capacity Building Grants support one-time initiatives that strengthen a nonprofit organization and/or the local nonprofit sector as a whole. Annual focus of this fund shifts in response to local capacity building needs.

Sector Leadership Grants support leadership, infrastructure and support to steer issue-specific collaborative efforts among nonprofit agencies.