General and Innovative Grants

United Way Fox Cities improves lives by bringing diverse people together to build a stronger, more caring community for everyone.

To fulfill its mission, United Way Fox Cities has identified four quality of life goals:

  • Children and youth are on track to reach their full potential.
  • Individuals and families are financially stable.
  • Children are free of abuse and neglect.
  • Adults, children and youth are healthy. The focus of this goal is on mental health.

To help address these goals, United Way awards two types of grants: 

  • General grants are defined as funding that addresses an unexpected agency need, capacity building or another, short-term need impacting service delivery other than capital funding for bricks and mortar. The program or project for which the applicant is seeking funding must be able to demonstrate a contribution to one of United Way's quality of life goals.

  • Innovative grants are defined as funding that addresses an underlying cause of an identified community need. The program or project must be able to demonstrate a contribution to one of United Way's quality of life goals and address one of the strategies of that particular goal.
Results-Based Accountability

United Way has adopted the Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework for population level accountability and program performance accountability. Organizations interested in applying for either a general grant or an innovative grant must be familiar with RBA principles. It is highly recommended that potential applicants attend an RBA 101 training prior to submitting a funding request. Please check the United Way website for dates and times of the RBA 101 sessions.

General Grants

General grants are accepted twice a year; in the spring and in the fall. The 2019 spring cycle of general grants is now closed. The fall cycle will open in late summer of 2019 and will include a revised application. Please do not use any former general grant applications as they will no longer be accepted.

Innovative Grants

Innovative grants are accepted once a year, typically in late summer. This year, innovative grants will be due on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm (noon). The program or project must be able to demonstrate a contribution to one of United Way's quality of life goals and must address one of the strategies of that particular goal.

Each goal has a planning document, which addresses:

  • Why is this [goal] important?
  • How are we doing [on key community indicators]?
  • What is the story behine the baselines? The baselines include data history and forecast if nothing changes.
  • What will it take to do better? These are the identified strategies to address the goal.

Applicants should read these planning documents carefully.

Before completing the innovative grant application, the applicant must attend United Way Fox Cities' RBA 101 training. A list of training dates can be found elsewhere on the United Way website. The applicant should also consult with United Way staff to discuss the program or project and decide how best to complete the required forms.

Please read the Innovative Grant Information and Criteria for more detail on the application forms and process.

Supporting Information

Innovative Grant Information and Criteria

Instructions for New Projects without Performance History

Instructions for Projects with Performance History

Planning Document for Goal: Children and youth are on track to reach their full potential.

Planning Document for Goal: Individuals and families are financially stable.

Planning Document for Goal: Children are free of abuse and neglect.

Planning Document for Goal: Adults, children and youth are healthy.

Sample Agency Agreement

Innovative Grant Application Forms

Innovative Grant Cover Sheet

Program Performance Grid

Program Financial Report

Complete only one of the following applications depending on the goal the program or project contributes to and the strategy it addresses:

Application Document for Goal: Children and youth are on track to reach their full potential.

Application Document for Goal: Individuals and families are financially stable.

Application Document for Goal: Children are free of abuse and neglect.

Application Document for Goal: Adults, children and youth are healthy.