United Way Grant Management


United Way of Alamance County has studied the risk factors, root causes, and priority needs of Alamance County. Proposals will be considered that address a focus area (Education, Income, Health) and align with our intended outcomes. Proposals should take a multi-generational approach to building a resilient community by addressing a root cause (poverty, gaps in public education, limited access to healthcare, disparities and inequities, toxic stress).

Funds available to allocate will be based on our annual campaign donations to our Community Fund.

Grant funding takes place from July 1-June 30 each year. Applications are submitted via our online software and applicants are strongly encouraged to attend our grant workshop(s) each winter.

An overview of the process is listed below:

All new agencies must meet with staff prior to beginning an application. Returning applicants are encouraged to talk with staff before re-applying, especially if funding request or staff have changed.

Eligibility criterion are outlined below:

  • Local public agencies, 501c3 nonprofit organizations, and government authorities may submit one application by the deadline.
  • Previous grantees must be in good standing in order to reapply, i.e. timely and complete reporting.
  • Applicants should have documentation confirming a valid solicitation license from the NC Secretary of State (or exemption from holding this required license) as well as audited financials from a CPA firm.
  • Programs should be based on data and serve Alamance County residents through evidenced based programming, with at least one year of solid results using an evaluation component.
  • Proposals may be in the planning and/or implementation stage.  The nonprofit must be established for a least one year.
  • Preference is given to agencies that:
    • demonstrate using 2-1-1, Volunteer Alamance, and Community Council.
    • collaborate or take a collective impact approach with other initiatives and nonprofits.
    • take an inclusive approach using a racial equity lens.
    • include those that are directly affected by the problem being addressed.
  • Applicants will be required to show a 30% match (cash or in-kind).

*Each year United Way of Alamance County grants out approximately $600,000 dollars from the Community Fund through a competitive application process.

**Grants typically range from $12,000 – 60,000 per year (paid monthly by electronic transfer).  Grant funds cannot be used for religious activities or political campaigns.  Grant funds may be used for a wide range of expenses such as: programming, staffing, agency overhead, supplies, training, and client assistance.

***Starting with the 2019-2020 cycle, funded partners (in good standing) may have the opportunity to renew long-term projects for up to three years.

If you have any questions or are interested in applying, please contact Heidi Norwick:


Grant Software Forms (select preview to view Letter of Intent questions)

UWAC Partner_Application 2019-2020 (PDF file of questions from grant software)

Memorandum of Understanding

Proposed Program Budget Form 


Partner Agreement

Electronic Fund Transfer & Anti-Terrorism Compliance Form

UW Grant Financial Report Spreadsheet (2018-2019 revised budget using amount awarded, then used to track mid-year and year-end financials)

19_20 UW Grant Financial Report Spreadsheet (2019-2020 revised budget using amount awarded, then used to track mid-year and year-end financials)

Solicitation License & Exemptions – NC Secretary of State


Allocation Appeals Policy

Emergency Funding Policy