United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

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The Community Impact Grants Process of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is an open, transparent, and competitive process that allows eligible programs to apply for multiyear (three year) funding. The objective is to identify the programs that can best contribute to achieving the Community's ten-year goals for Education, Income and Health.

See a list of the 2013-2016 community investments »

Read blog series about the 2013 grants process »


To change lives in North Texas forever, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas invests donors' gifts in the highest quality programs that make measurable progress toward the community goals:

  • Education — prepare 60 percent of high school graduates to succeed in education after high school
  • Income — move 250,000 more people out of poverty permanently
  • Health — improve community health through expanded access, preventive care and healthy behaviors

United Way invites 501(c)3 organizations doing outstanding work in these areas to consider applying for United Way Community Impact Grants. Nonprofits apply for funding for programs that align with the community's ten year goals and strategies and their applications are reviewed by United Way staff and volunteers. Ultimately, United Way volunteers make all funding decisions in this competitive process.

Request for proposals

The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas request for 2013-2016 Community Impact Grant proposals is closed. United Way Community Impact Grants are now three-year grants. Any program that did not receive a 2013-2016 Community Impact Grant must wait until Fall 2015 to reapply for a Community Impact Grant. For more information about why United Way is implementing this multiyear process, please read our Frequently Asked Questions >

Stewardship for Funded Service Providers

Stewardship packets are due December 31 annually for mulityear funded Service Providers
Any Service Provider that received a Community Impact Grant must submit one Stewardship packet through e-C Impact by 4 p.m. on December 31, 2014.

If you have any questions about Stewardship, please contact Mark Pollack, Director, Community Impact Operations, at mpollack@unitedwaydallas.org or 214.978.2012



In addition to focusing on long-term, sustainable change in the areas of Education, Income and Health, United Way will continue to invest in programs that address basic needs in the community.

United Way awards Basic Needs Grants annually, in an effort to help the North Texas community provide emergency or short-term services to those facing crisis situations. United Way volunteers review Basic Needs Grant proposals and make funding decisions in this open, competitive process.

Note that 501(c)3 organizations interested in applying for Basic Needs Grants must satisfy the grant eligibility criteria. Stewardship packets will be due in January 2015. Details on Stewardship deadlines and training opportunities will be provided in Fall 2014.

Please contact Ashley Brundage if you have any questions pertaining to Basic Needs at abrundage@unitedwaydallas.org or 214.978.0023.

Request for proposals

The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas request for Basic Needs Grant proposals is now closed. Please check back for more information on when this opportunity will open again in late 2014/early 2015.

The estimated timeline for Basic Needs 2014-15 grants is listed below. 

  • December 17 – 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Basic Needs Virtual Orientation (1-hour). Register here > 
  • December 31, 2014 – Stewardship forms due on e-CImpact for Current UW Providers
  • Early January 2015 – RFP Released
  • Mid January 2015 – Stewardship Due for New Agencies
  • Late January 2015 – Electronic & Paper (1) Proposals Due
  • March – April 2015 – Program Presentations 
  • Early June 2015 – Award Notifications and Final Feedback Letters Sent

Applying online through e-C Impact

Once the request for Basic Needs proposals has been reopened, you must have an account on e-C Impact, the online grant application software United Way uses, in order to apply. Please review the instructions for creating an e-C Impact account (PDF) if you are new to the Grants process.

If you are a returning United Way service provider, please log into e-C Impact to begin your application. If you have forgotten your password, there is a link available there to request it. If you have forgotten your log in or have any additional questions regarding e-C Impact, please contact Gene Putnam at 214.978.0028 or gputnam@unitedwaydallas.org.

Contact information

Please call, email or set up an appointment to meet with one of the Community Impact team members listed below in order to discuss your application, ask questions about Stewardship, discuss any issues or concerns, have your draft grant proposal or Stewardship documents reviewed, or answer any questions you might have.