Funds Distribution

Grant Opportunities

United Way of the River Cities fight for the health, education, financial stability, and basic needs of every person in our community by investing in agency programs targeted at our critical issues. United Way of the River Cities offers two different grant opportunities:

Safety Net Grants

Safety Net Grants are awarded annually to programs that provide short-term assistance with these basic needs: food, clothing, safe shelter, prescription medication, healthcare, and rent/utilities assistance.

Impact Grants

Impact Grants are awarded every two years to programs that address one of United Way of the River Cities’ critical issues in the focus areas of health, education, and financial stability. Impact programs are expected to demonstrate outcomes, that is, a positive change in participants’ knowledge, skills, or behaviors.

Grant Application Process

Safety Net and Impact Grants are awarded through a competitive process that opens in January. In 2018, UWRC will accept applications both for Safety Net and Impact Grants. The funding year runs from July 1 to June 30.

Exact dates will vary, but the application process follows this general timeline:


Funded partners are required to file reports on their program activities and outcomes semi-annually.

A team of trained community volunteers make an annual site visit to each funded partner. Site visits help United Way of the River Cities gain perspective on the program’s execution in the community and enhance understanding of how United Way of the River Cities and its funded partners can work together to achieve greater impact.

If you would like to know more about grant opportunities through United Way of the River Cities, please contact Andrea Roy, Director of Community Impact, at 304.523.8929 ext.107.