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United Way Grants

In our mission to create lasting change in the lives of our neighbors, we find, fund, and partner with the most effective local organizations that create real opportunities and get real results. Do you want to be one of them? If you meet the eligibility criteria outlined below, we invite you to apply to receive a United Way grant!

We offer several different types of grants. Grant applicants must first determine if they should apply for a grant from our Community Impact Fund or LIVE UNITED Fund. Unsure? Here’s a quick test:

  • Does your organization have a history of impactful results in the community and are you seeking multi-year support? Then you most likely should apply for a Community Impact Partner Grant.
  • If your organization or program is looking for one-time support, you should check out our LIVE UNITED Grants.

When in doubt, take a look at the information below regarding both types of grants and eligibility requirements, and don’t hesitate to contact us to explore your options! You may also review our grant history here.

Details on our two types of grants:


Three-year grants for education, financial stability, and health impact areas


One-time grants for education, financial stability, and health impact areas, available at least three times a year


While different eligibility criteria apply to the two different types of grant, there are some things they both have in common. Generally, to be eligible for a United Way grant, your program must:

  • Concentrate its efforts and services within the United Way of Frederick County service area
  • Align with at least one of United Way’s impact areas and strategies (Education, Financial Stability, Health)
  • Be prepared to measure and communicate results


Our volunteer-led Community Impact Committee, made up of United Way board members and volunteers, spends considerable time going over each grant proposal to identify the local programs that align with our strategies and goals to create the most lasting impact in our community.

United Way offers optional draft review services where we review draft proposals and give edits and feedback to help the agencies submit a more successful program proposal. A draft review, however, does not guarantee funding.

If you have questions about these grants or the application process, please contact Malcolm Furgol at 240.447.3956 or via email at