The mission of County United Way (CUW) is to improve lives through building community partnerships, identify needs and fund solutions that result in a stronger and healthier community. This is accomplished through a focus on health, education and financial stability.

CUW will find, fund and partner with the most effective local programs that aim to create true opportunities and achieve measurable outcomes and tangible results. Organizations that meet CUW’s eligibility requirements are invited to apply for funding opportunities.


CUW will now offer two types of grants. Applicants must determine which grant will fit their request.

Community Impact Grants are available for organizations with a history of impactful results in Allegany, Garrett, Hampshire, and/or Mineral Counties. Please review the information here for more details.

Live United Grants are unique, short-term, community grants available to nonprofits, schools, churches, groups, and more.
Please review the information here for more details.


Each grant opportunity has unique eligibility requirements, however, there are some basic things in common. Generally, to be eligible for a United Way grant, your program must:

  • Be a 501c3 nonprofit organization (or school) and supply all requested documents;
  • Assist ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households in the impact areas of health, education and/or financial stability;
  • Concentrate efforts in Allegany, Garrett, Hampshire or Mineral Counties;
  • Be prepared to demonstrate and communicate measurable, evidence-based outcomes.

After review, if you’re still unsure which type of grant would best fit, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.


CUW’s volunteer-led Community Response Committee (allocations), comprised of representatives in each county, spends considerable time going over each grant proposal to identify the local programs that align with well-defined strategies and goals to create the most lasting impact in our region.

County United Way requires a letter of intent for all Community Impact Grants. This should include:

  • A summary of the program;
  • The program’s history/timeline of implementation;
  • Need for the program and target population;
  • Partners and basic description of roles;
  • Amount of funding request

Please condense to one page and write for someone who is not familiar with your program/project. Volunteers will review this information.

*Please note: the applicant will be held to the funding request amount provided in the LOI. This figure cannot be increased in the grant application. However, the funding award may be less than the requested amount.

County United Way 2020-2021 Quarterly Impact Report