Program Funding

Strong Neighborhoods Community Impact Plan

Just as United Way of Metropolitan Chicago focused on the critical areas for individual success with our LU2020 community impact plan—education, financial stability and health—we will now build on and evolve that work to double down on neighborhoods as powerful centers of change and progress. We are committing to strengthening neighborhoods and therefore our city.

Download the Strong Neighborhoods Community Impact Plan to learn more about our approaches and our commitment to helping neighborhood stakeholders, organizations and systems work better together.

Strong Neighborhoods Community Impact Plan (PDF)

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UWMC Community Fund Application Process

UWMC runs a competitive application process to support high quality programs serving individuals and families in our geographic footprint. Those that are selected for funding align precisely with our areas of focus, present evidence-based models for service delivery, demonstrate effectiveness with data-rich results and utilize UWMC’s published performance.

Our FY18-19 grant application cycle will open with a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) for new program requests on October 24, 2016. The LOI will be submitted via Apricot, UWMC’s web-based grants management system. Hard copies or emailed copies will not be accepted.

Pre-registration for the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process closed on October 12, 2016. If you have questions, please email

FY18-19 Funding Documents

The documents below will provide you with information about our Strong Neighborhoods Impact Plan, LOI process, grant guidelines and issue area measurement frameworks.

FY18-19 Agency Forum Presentation

FY18-19 Grant Guidelines (PDF)

FY18-19 Letter of Inquiry (LOI) (PDF)

Webinar: Completing Your Letter of Inquiry in Apricot

FY18-19 Application (PDF)

FY18-19 Education Measurement Framework (PDF)

FY18-19 Health Measurement Framework (PDF)

FY18-19 Income Measurement Framework (PDF)

FY18-19 Safety Net Measurement Framework (PDF)

Application Process

October 24, 2016 – November 18, 2016: Online Letter of Inquiry (LOI) submission period will open. LOI’s will only be accepted from agencies that have pre-registered for the LOI process. An LOI is required for agencies not currently funded by UWMC, current agencies seeking funding in new issue areas, strategies or from new UWMC offices and agencies that are currently funded in Health Access – Primary Care.

December 16, 2016: UWMC will communicate LOI decisions to agencies.

January 5, 2017 – February 2, 2017: Online application period open.

June 30, 2017: Applicants are notified of funding decisions. Contracts will be for two years of funding, from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019.

If you’re not sure if your agency needs to submit an LOI, please review this document: When to Submit an LOI.

If you have questions about our grant process, please review the Frequently Asked Questions document.

If you would like to speak with a UWMC staff member, please email including the nature of your question, and we will gladly connect you the appropriate person from our team.