United Way Grants

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 achieve measurable 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! For more information about United Way of Frederick County's impact, please see our annual reports 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 mfurgol@uwfrederick.org.