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: 
  • 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. 

Spring Cycle General Grant Due Date:  May 21, 2021
Fall Cycle General Grant Due Date:  October 29, 2021

All grant applications will be submitted through our e-Cimpact database. If you are interested in applying for a grant, please email Lisa at lisa.severson@unitedwayfoxcities.org with your interest. Once the application process is open (early March 2021 for spring cycle), you will receive a log-in via email. 

 

Innovative Grant:
  • 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. 
Innovative Grant Due Date: August 16, 2021

All grant applications will be submitted through our e-Cimpact database. If you are interested in applying for a grant, please email Lisa at lisa.severson@unitedwayfoxcities.org with your interest. Once the application process is open (early March 2021 for spring cycle), you will receive a log-in via email. 

 

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.

Note: If your agency is in need of immediate relief funding for basic needs services, please consider applying to the Community Response Fund, administered in partership with The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and United Way Fox Cities. You can email inquiries to communityresponsefund@unitedwayfoxcities.org.