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. The Impact Areas have also developed goals for four of those issues, along with possible strategies, actions and indicators to help us achieve those goals. These priorities, ranked issues and goals are used by our volunteers as they review funding proposals and make investment decisions.

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. United Way has also established goals for some issues. If the issue being addressed has a goal, the applicant must explain how the program will help achieve that goal. If the goal has strategies, actions and indicators, the program must measure the appropriate indicators.

General Grants will be accepted twice a year, in the spring and in th fallApplicants must complete the application for General Grants.

General Grants for the spring cycle are due on May 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm (noon). 

2018 Spring Cycle General Grant Application

2018 Spring Cycle General Grant Criteria

2018 Spring Cycle General Grant Guidelines

2018 Spring Cycle Sample Agency Agreement

United Way Goals, Priorities and Ranked Issues

Strategies, Actions and Indicators for Poor Mental Health Days

Strategies, Actions and Indicators for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

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 one of our four goals.

  • Children are free of abuse and neglect.
  • Children are on track to reach their full potential.
  • Individuals and families have financial stability.
  • Foster a community of mentally healthy children, youth and adults.

Our Impact Areas are at various stages in developing strategies, actions and indicators for these goals. All innovative grant requests must address one of these four goals and any strategies, actions and indicators that have been developed to date. Before submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to discuss their projects with United Way staff for more information on the goals, strategies, actions and indicators.

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

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

Proposals are due August 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm. Applicants must complete all of the requirements in the Request for Proposal.

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

Innovative Grant Criteria

Innovative Grant Request for Proposal

Innovative Grant Cover Sheet

Innovative Grant Logic Model

Innovative Grant Program Financial Report

Sample Innovative Grant Agency Agreement

Strategies, Actions and Indicators for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Strategies Actions and Indicators for Children Reaching their Potential

Strategies, Actions and Indicators for Financial Stability

Strategies, Actions and Indicators for Mental Health