Partner Funding Process

When you give to United Way of Southern Kentucky, you entrust your hard-earned dollars to an organization that takes this trust very seriously. Community volunteers make sure that designated funds are distributed according to the donor’s wishes and then oversee the allocation of undesignated funds to all programs through community investment committees. These panels conduct annual reviews and closely monitor services. 

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

UWSK seeks proposals to implement its Community Impact priority areas and strategies in Education, Income, Health and Safety Net. Organizations that are federally tax exempt, nonprofit, and currently providing, or could successfully implement, quality programs in alignment with one or more of these strategies are encouraged to apply for UWSK funding. For more information about United Way’s work in these areas, click here

Programs that provide services within a best practices framework, that are collaborative and integrated into the fabric of other community Education, Income, Health and Safety Net efforts, that consider the goals, needs and aspirations of the communities they serve, and that are innovative are programs that UWSK seeks to support. Collaborative programs are highly encouraged. Funds are available on an annual basis to support programs for one year.

Are there requirements for receiving United Way funding?

In addition to achieving impact in one of the priority areas/ strategies, UWSK has several operational requirements that must be agreed to in writing and met over the duration of the grant period by organizations receiving support. These requirements can be downloaded here. If an organization cannot agree to meet these requirements it will not be eligible to apply for funding from UWSK. A full description of the Policies and Procedures for Funded Agencies can be downloaded here. 

How does an organization apply for funding?

Letters of Intent are reviewed by a UWSK regional committee. Proposals that demonstrate meaningful impact in one of the priority areas/ strategies will be invited to submit a full Community Impact Grant Application.

2021 Funding Application Submission Process

Only organizations that have received official invitation to apply are eligible to submit an application (applications and instructions are available below).  Those that are eligible to apply for funding should read through the Policies and Procedures for Funded Agencies to ensure that they meet all requirements. This document can be downloaded below in the ADDITIONAL DOWNLOADS section.

Organizations seeking funding for multiple programs must submit an application for each program. A regional program providing program services in multiple counties must submit a funding application for each county in which you are requesting funding.

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Link to letter of intent application:

The Letter of Intent is due by: Friday, October 23, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

2021 United Way Allocations Calendar:

Important: Warren County applications must submit the Funding Application (see APPLICATION DOWNLOAD section below) by: Noon on Friday, February 5, 2021. Applicants from Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, and Simpson counties must submit Funding Applications by: Noon on Friday, March 12, 2021.

Warren County

Week of Dec.14, 2020         Funding application available on

Week of January 11             Funding Application Training

January 29                             Volunteer Recruitment Complete

February 5, 12:00 Noon        Applications Due

Week of February 22             Volunteer Training (Distribute Materials & Schedule site visits)

Week of March 1                   Site Visits Begin (virtually or in person, TBD)

Week of May 3                       Site Visits Completed

May 27                                     Board Meeting Approval

May 28                                     Funding Notifications sent to Agencies (Visits if necessary)

All Other Counties

Week of Dec.14, 2020           Funding Application available on

Week of January 25              Funding Application Training

March 12; 12PM                    Funding Applications Due

March 12                                 Volunteer Recruitment Complete

Week of March 29                 Presentations Begin (Virtually or in person, TBD)

Week of May 3                       Presentations Completed

May 27                                     Board Meeting Approval

May 28                                     Funding Notifications sent to Agencies (Visits if necessary)

MEETING AGENDA:  Warren County (held virtually or at your organization’s office TBD)

March 1st – May 3rd

  • Allocation Team Pre-Meeting (approximately 15 minutes)
  • Program Review (approximately 30 minutes)
  • Program Budget (approximately 30 minutes)
  • Questions & facility tour- if appropriate (approximately 15 minutes)
  • Allocations Team Post-Meeting (15 minutes)

MEETING AGENDA: All Other Counties (location, TBD)

March 29th – May 3rd

  • Program Review (approximately 15 minutes)
  • Program Budget (approximately 10 minutes)
  • Questions (approximately 5 minutes)Let