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. 


United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) would like to invite all nonprofit organizations who are eligible to apply for funding, in one of the impact areas listed below, to complete a Letter of Intent that can be found here. This is the first step for the 2024/25 funding year and will be due by Noon on Friday, September 29, 2023.

Impact Areas include:

Education: Kindergarten Readiness or College & Career Readiness

Income: Workforce Development

Health: Access to Affordable Health Care or Safe Home & Community

Safety Net: Transportation or Access to Basic Needs


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. Collaborative programs are highly encouraged, and an organization may apply in more than one impact area.  Please note, your program must fit in one of the priority focus areas and defined strategies as outlined in the LOI applicationA strong focus is placed on the outcomes section. Please provide as much details as possible in that section.

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.

2024-2025 Funding Application Submission Process

Only organizations that have received an official invitation to apply are eligible to submit an application.  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:

2024-2025 Tentative United Way Allocations Calendar:

Warren County                                                                         

January 4, 2024 8:00 am – 12:30 pm –  Training (new application software, budget and outcomes) for programs applying for funding.  

Noon, February, 5, 2024 – Community Impact Grant applications due from Warren County organizations.  

March – April 2024 – Program evaluations & site visits.  

Late May 2024 – Funding notification                                 

July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025 – Funding cycle (monthly installment payments)                                            

Partner Counties

January 4, 2024 8:00 am – 12:30 pm – Training (new application software, budget and outcomes) for programs applying for funding.

Noon, March 4, 2024 – Community Impact Grant applications due from partner county organizations.
April – May 2024 – Program evaluations & committee presentations.
Late May 2024 – Funding notification.
July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025 – Funding cycle (quarterly installment payments)