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 adopted a strategic direction called Community Impact. In collaboration with others, United Way works to address the underlying causes of community issues.

To better direct our investments in programs and projects, volunteers from our four Impact Areas have identified priorities and other ranked community issues that United Way is focused on. These priorities and ranked issues are used by our volunteers to review funding proposals and make investment decisions.

Please note that grants are closed for 2017.

There are two categories of grants:

General 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 for which the applicant is seeking funding must be evidence-based and the measurable outcomes must align with one of United Way's priorities or ranked issues.

General Grants will be accepted twice a year. Applicants must complete the application for General Grants.

The spring cycle of General Grants is open until April 24, 2017. Please note that the application information and forms may change for the fall cycle.

Guidelines for General Grants

Application Forms for General Grants

United Way Fox Cities' Priorities, Ranked Issues and Goals

Sample Agency Agreement

Innovative Grants

Innovative Grants are defined as funding that addresses an underlying cause of an identified community need. United Way will accept proposals that address specific issues.

United Way will award one or more innovative grants up to $100,000.

Projects are encouraged to include collaborative partners and proposals will be evaluated based on the strength of the collaboration.

Applicants are also encouraged to discuss their projects with United Way staff before submitting a final application.

Proposals are typically due in the summer. Applicants must complete all of the requirements in the Request for Proposal.

Criteria for Innovative Grants

Request for Proposals

Innovative Grant Cover Sheet

Outcomes Logic Model for Innovative Grants

Budget Form for Innovative Grants

Sample Agency Agreement

Please contact Mary Wisnet at United Way Fox Cities with any questions. She can be reached at 920-735-5461 or