United Way Grants
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas brings together the people and organizations who have the passion, expertise and resources to help achieve the United 2020 community goals. As part of that effort, United Way invites nonprofit organizations to learn more about applying to receive United Way grants, which include multiyear Community Impact Grants in the areas of Education, Income and Health, annual Basic Needs Grants, and social innovation grants.
- Multiyear Community Impact Grants
- Annual Basic Needs Grants
- Social Innovation Fund (The GroundFloor)
Eligibility for United Way grants
To be eligible to apply for a Community Impact Grant or Basic Needs Grant, a program must:
- Concentrate its efforts and services within the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas service area (Dallas, Collin, Southern Denton and Rockwall counties);
- Align with at least one of the United 2020 goals, strategies and community metrics or fall under the Basic Needs category;
- Meet financial criteria including: a complete annual independent audit, an annual tax return (990/990EZ), an active Board of Directors, and an IRS determination letter verifying non-profit status.
Each applicant is initially reviewed against key financial standards. Afterwards, programs are evaluated for their alignment with the strategies and goals for Education, Income and Health; ability to show measurable results; and the resources it takes to obtain those results. This assessment uses a consistent and standardized tool and includes reviews of written proposals and site visits of applicants.
Throughout the review process, Best Investment Criteria are used to determine strength of the program investment based on:
- ALIGNMENT: Connection between program goals, United Way strategy panel metric(s), and United 2020 impact area goal
- IMPACT: Effectiveness of programming as reflected by evaluation efforts and outcomes
- RESOURCES: Access to the resources (staff, experience, financial, etc.) to successfully implement the program
Organizations interested in applying should read how to apply for United Way grants »
Community Impact Councils & Strategy Panels
The Community Impact Councils and Strategy Panels — comprised of corporate donors, community volunteers, as well as members of philanthropic and community organizations — help ensure that (a) evaluations and funding recommendations are aligned with the strategies, metrics and goals, and (b) the process is open, fair, transparent and equitable.