Grants Awarded

Your Dollars At Work. Raised Here. Stays Here.

United Way of Washtenaw County annually publishes an overview and analysis of where your dollars were invested and the impact they had.

Community Investments Overview by Fiscal Year

2022 Community Impact Grants + Justice Fund

  • Community Impact grants support solutions that mitigate and disrupt the intersectional impacts of poverty, racism and trauma, root causes of systemic oppression and three forces which hold opportunity at bay for all people in Washtenaw County.  These are general operating support grants to deliver maximum flexibility as the human services sector continues to navigate impacts of the global pandemic.
  • Grants made from the Justice Fund are intended to disrupt systems, policies and practices that perpetuate poverty, racism and trauma by coming alongside historically excluded communities in Washtenaw County as they build power, agency and resilience. These are flexible, one-time grants that deliver support over a time period determined by the grantee (1-2 years).
  • Community Impact Investments Overview
  • Justice Fund Investments Overview
  • Frequently Asked Questions 

Opportunity Fund (FY20-23)

United Way of Washtenaw County’s Opportunity Fund is a resource for local organizations and groups whose efforts address poverty, racism and trauma: root causes of systemic oppression and three forces which hold opportunity at bay for all people in Washtenaw County. This cycle, we supported organizations who desired:

  • Piloting/testing a community solution to meet emerging needs connected to poverty, racism or trauma.
  • More fully expressing a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).
  • Mission-related resources for the things that keep leadership up at night (e.g. software, equipment, professional development).

Power of the Purse Fund

UWWC awards Power of the Purse fund grants annually to provide support for efforts that prioritize the financial wellbeing of people who identify as women, individuals and families with low incomes, communities of color, and historically and/or systematically marginalized groups.

This year’s investments were made to women-led organizations that are helping women and families maintain safe, affordable housing and meet their family's essential needs as our community continues to navigate the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Out-Of-School Time Community Learning Relief Fund

Funding from the Out-Of-School Time (OST) Community Learning Relief Fund grant addresses and supports challenges that have arisen as children and families navigate the return to school and work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

FY21 General Operating Support Grants Overview and Highlights


UWWC COVID-19 Response (FY20-FY21)

UWWC's Community Relief, Community Recovery, and State of Michigan Rapid Response grants provided unrestricted operating support to local human service nonprofits and community groups meeting immediate, emergent, and unanticipated needs of people and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Community Recovery Fund (FY21 and FY22)

Launched after the close of UWWC’s COVID-19 Relief Fund to continue meeting the critical and emergent needs of populations impacted by the pandemic including support to individuals who have experienced a loss of income and/or employment, and continuity of community services to families.

FY21 State of Michigan COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

Continuation of funding to Black Indigenous and people of color-led local human services agencies in Washtenaw County meeting pandemic-related needed of communities most impacted by COVID-19. 

FY20 COVID-19 Community Relief Fund

FY21 One-Time Funding Opportunities