Flexible Spending Grant

The United Way of Southern Kentucky Flexible Support Grants are designed to meet needs in the community that would not qualify or be appropriate for the annual allocations process.  These grants are intended to be a one-time request (for any particular need) and not intended to be a substitute for the regular allocations process.

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

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. 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 in the UWSK Community Impact Platform are encouraged to apply for UWSK funding.

What type of funding requests can be made?

The requests must fall within United Way’s scope of work as defined by the Community Impact Platform of Work. The Flexible Support Grants funds cannot be used to fund programs that have been funded through the annual allocations process in that year.

Requests may fall in the following areas:

  1. Capital Needs
  2. Emergency Assistance (non-recurring, unforeseen critical financial needs that arise)
  3. Start-up Costs
  4. One-time, nonrecurring program expenditures such as training, curriculum

The minimum request is $1,000; the maximum recommended request is $10,000.

How often will funds be dispersed?

Grant funds will be awarded until the pool of funds is expended.

The grant will be due November 12, 2021.  Review and anticipated notification will be by the end of December after board approval. 

How does an organization apply for funding?

The first step in applying for flexible support funding from UWSK is the completion of a funding application.

Organizations that are interested in applying for funding should read through the Flexible Support Grant Guidelines at the beginning of the applications to ensure that organizations. If applying please email these two documents Budget and Financial Position to Mhill@uwsk.org after reviewing and applying using the link is below:

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. 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.

2022 Funding Application Submission Process

Only organizations that have received an 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. 

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.

For questions regarding the Funding Application email: communityimpact@uwsk.org.

2022 United Way Allocations Calendar:

 Warren County                                                                       Partner Counties

December 2021 & January 2022 – Training for                  December 2021 & January 2022 – Training

organizations applying for funding.                                       for organizations in partner counties.

12:00 Noon, January 28, 2022 – Community                       12:00 Noon, March 11, 2022 – Community

Impact Grant applications due from Warren                         Impact Grant applications due from partner

County organizations.                                                               county organizations.

March 2022– April 2022 – Agency evaluations                   April 2022 – May 2022 – Agency evaluations

May 27, 2022 – Funding notification                                      May 27, 2022 – Funding notification

July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 – Funding cycle                      July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 – Funding cycle