Program Funding

Stronger Neighborhoods Community Impact Plan

United Way of Metro Chicago has a vision for the Chicago region that is backed by nearly a century of experience. We know what it takes to make a difference in lives and communities – good health, quality education, stable finances and safety from violence – and we know how to make it happen. It takes all of us, united, to create lasting change for our city and suburbs.

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

Stronger Neighborhoods Community Impact Plan (PDF)

Community Fund Application Process

United Way of Metro Chicago 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 United Way’s published performance.

Our FY20-21 grant application cycle will open in fall 2018. Sign up at the bottom of the page to receive information on how and when to apply.

FY18-19 Funding Documents

The documents below will provide you with information about our Stronger Neighborhoods Impact Plan and the funding documents that guided the previous FY18-19 grant cycle.

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 Timeline

Our application process begins with a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) for all new requests, followed by a full application for successful LOIs and currently funded partners. The FY20/21 cycle will open in fall 2018. Please check back here later for a more detailed timeline.

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

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