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United Way Grants


Dear Community Partners, 
Following up on the success of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Campaign for Frederick County we wanted to make sure you have details on how to apply for grants from this fund. 
As you know, we have worked with local funders including the Community Foundation of Frederick County, Ausherman Family Foundation, Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., Helen J. Serini Foundation, Women's Giving Circle and others to maximize the impact of this effort. 
To simplify the process for seeking funding and to increase efficiencies for local nonprofits we have created a common application to use that is being hosted on The Community Foundation's online grant portal. 
See links below to get started on your application. United Way will have access to your application to be able to make distribution decisions for funds raised by the Campaign. You may have received information about this application from other funders. If so, you do not need to apply more than once. We will be able to review what you have submitted. 
Applications will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis. We are asking organizations to submit applications for the fourth phase of funding by Friday, July 31, but we urge you to apply by 11:59PM on Thursday, July 16 to be considered for funding by United Way of Frederick County's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Campaign
Please note: unfunded Phase I, Phase II and Phase III applications will NOT be reviewed for funding under Phase IV. Previously unfunded applicant organizations should submit a new application now to be considered for funding.
We have committed to running the campaign as long as we are facing these uncertain times due to COVID-19 so we expect there to be multiple rounds of funding. 
Please contact Malcolm Furgol ( or 240-578-4007) if you have any questions. Thank you for all that you do for our community. 
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United Way of Frederick County's (UWFC's) mission is to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Frederick County.  UWFC finds, funds, and partners with the most effective local programs/projects that create real opportunities and acheive measureable outcomes and outstanding results.  UWFC invites organizations that meet its eligibility criteria to apply for funding.

UWFC offers several different types of grants. Grant applicants must first determine if they should apply for a Community Impact Partner Grant or LIVE UNITED Grant. Unsure? Here’s a quick test:

  • Does your organization have a history of impactful results in the Frederick County community and are you seeking multi-year support? Then consider applying for a Community Impact Partner Grant.
  • If your organization or program is looking for one-time support, you should check out the 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 UWFC to explore the options! Grant history is available here.

Details on United Way of Frederick County grant opportunities:

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:

  • Assist ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households in the impact areas of health, education and/or financial stability
  • Concentrate its efforts and services in Frederick County, MD
  • Be prepared to demonstrate and communicate measurable evidence-based outcomes


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

United Way of Frederick County offers optional draft review services where program staff reviews draft proposals and give feedback to help the organizations submit a more successful program proposal. A draft review, however, does not guarantee funding.

Please send questions about these grants or the application process to Malcolm Furgol at 240.447.3956 or via email at