This guide does not guarantee that a request will be granted. All proposals received will be evaluated on its potential value within the County United Way footprint, including Allegany, Garrett, Hampshire, and Mineral Counties.

All applications are reviewed by a team of community volunteers who score based on quality, need, and available funds. An unsuccessful application does not reflect the worthiness of a project.

County United Way wishes to provide a broader array of funding opportunities. Live United grants are a mechanism for responsiveness to community needs, and to potentially reach all corners of the organization’s footprint. The focus of the grant must be aligned with education, financial stability or health, which serve as the pillars of County United Way’s mission.

Grants will be considered from nonprofit organizations which are in good standing with the IRS, eligible churches, government agencies, and schools. Individuals who wish to present a community project must obtain a partnership with an eligible 501c3 organization. The service must be provided within the County United Way footprint.

Organizations must comply with the requirements of County United Way and certify compliance with the USA Patriot Act, complete a W-9 and abide by a memorandum of understanding, which will include the responsibility of reporting related to an awarded grant.

Organizations must also involve themselves in United Way events and volunteer opportunities. Those actively engaged will be given priority.

Funding Considerations
A minimum grant request must be $500; grant requests must not exceed $1,500. Funding consideration will only be given to direct service staff costs/costs associated with a project, event or community need.

The request must meet needs associated with education, financial stability, and/or health and should follow the demographics outlined in the County United Way Strategy Map.

Requests for equipment priced at $500 or more will include the expected lifespan of the equipment and any projected maintenance costs and will include at least two (preferably three) quotes. Applications without additional quotes will require an explanation.

Preference will be given to projects or programs which:
*meet an immediate or near-future need;
*can provide a basic measurable outcome;
*is reflective of County United Way’s mission to improve lives.

County United Way cannot meet every need and therefore will not accept applications for:
*after-the-fact support
*operating deficits

Organizations should not view these grants as an ongoing funding stream for annual projects. Consideration will be given on a year-to-year basis and repetitive requests will be subject to a more specific reporting mechanism.

To access a LIVE UNITED Grant Application, please follow this link to the online tool. For assistance with this process, you may contact our office at 301-722-2700.