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. General grants are accepted twice a year; in the spring and in the fall. The 2019 fall cycle is now closed. Watch for spring cycle instructions in March of 2020. 

  • 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. Innovative grants are accepted once a year, typically in late summer.  The 2019 Innovative grant process is now closed. 

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. Before completing any grant application, the applicant must once attend United Way Fox Cities' RBA 101 training. A list of training dates can be found on the United Way website: dates and times of the RBA 101 sessions.

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 email or to set a time to discuss your project and possible submission. 

General Grant:
Spring Cycle: Applications due May 18, 2020
Fall Cycle: Applications due October 19, 2020
 **Watch for submission details in March of 2020


Innovative Grant:
Applications due August 3, 2020
***Watch for submission details in June of 2020