UNITED WAY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

United Way of Greater Charlotte’s 2025 grant application season will kick-off in June 2024.

Click through the various initiative-specific tabs below for key information and resources.

United Way staff worked closely with Anson County residents and stakeholders to create an impact strategy specific to the region. The Anson County grant process will continue focus on strengthening and supporting work in the impact areas of Education and Economic Stability.

Within these two impact areas, three specific service areas are identified as high priorities:
• Childhood Literacy and Mentoring Programs for Youth
• Housing Stability
• Food Security (access to affordable fresh and healthy foods)

The 2025 grant application process for Anson County is by invitation only.

Resource Folder: Invited applicant agencies may CLICK HERE to access resources to be used throughout the 2025 application process.

CLICK HERE to learn more about United Way’s regional work.

The regional grant initiative in Cabarrus County seeks to support and strengthen residents’ mental wellness through resources and strategies to improve mental health, a greater understanding of crisis intervention strategies and supports, and expanded access to care.

United Way of Greater Charlotte will continue to support agencies that commit to entering into a highly collaborative partnership with fellow grantees to engage in community awareness and education efforts focused on:
• Mental health literacy
• Reducing the stigma of mental health diagnosis and treatment
• Encouraging community members to prioritize mental wellness
• Programs reducing barriers to access evidence-based, culturally appropriate mental healthcare

The 2025 grant application process for Cabarrus County is by invitation only.

Resource Folder: Invited applicant agencies may CLICK HERE to access resources to be used throughout the 2025 application process.

CLICK HERE to learn more about United Way’s regional work.

United Way staff worked closely with Union County residents and stakeholders to create an impact strategy specific to the Union County region. The Union County grant process will continue to use this impact strategy and maintain focus on strengthening and supporting work in the impact areas of Education, Economic Stability, and Healthcare.

Within these impact areas, the following specific service areas are identified as high priorities:
• Childhood Literacy and Mentoring Programs for Youth
• Afterschool and Vocational Support for the Intellectual/Development Disability community
• Housing Stability
• Food Security (access to affordable fresh and healthy foods)

The 2025 grant application process for Union County is by invitation only.

Resource Folder: Invited applicant agencies may CLICK HERE to access resources to be used throughout the 2025 application process.

CLICK HERE to learn more about United Way’s regional work.

Since Unite Charlotte’s launch in 2016, dozens of grassroots organizations advancing racial equity and addressing economic mobility have received grant funding, capacity-building training and leadership development opportunities in an effort to support their mission and work, increase their impact and grow a more diverse and inclusive pipeline of nonprofit leaders in Charlotte.

Grant Opportunities Available for First Year Grantees

The 2025 Unite Charlotte First Year funding application will be open from July 8 through July 26, 2024.

Applicant agencies will receive email communication from United Way regarding the application process and their application status. Please refer to the Unite Charlotte Information Packet in the Resource Folder below for more details.  

Virtual Sessions

• 2025 Unite Charlotte Information Session | Thursday, June 10 | 1:30-3:30pm | REGISTER

Funding Requirements

2025 Unite Charlotte First Year funding will include one-year grant awards of $25,000 to 25 nonprofit agencies that:

• Are BIPOC-founded and led (BIPOC = Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color)

• Have an operating budget under $250,000

• Serve Mecklenburg County residents

• Demonstrate a commitment to serving historically marginalized groups

For full 2025 Unite Charlotte First Year application process details, please go to the Resource Folder below. There you will find links to various documents, including the 2025 Unite Charlotte Grant Information Packet and the Financial Certification Resource Guide.

Please note that the Unite Charlotte Second Year and Unite Charlotte Third Year application processes are by invitation only.

Please email questions to unitecharlotte@unitedwaygreaterclt.org.

Unite Charlotte Resources

CLICK HERE to access the Unite Charlotte Resource Folder.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Unite Charlotte.

Our United Neighborhoods strategy works to change the odds for individuals and families living in our region’s most disinvested neighborhoods.

Grant Opportunities for Neighborhood Work

The 2025 United Neighborhoods grant process will be a closed process, open only to agencies currently funded in a given geography. Agencies currently working in a geography will have the opportunity to re-apply to continue working in the geographies they are currently working in.

Please refer to the United Neighborhoods Information Packet in the Resource Folder below for more details. 

Please note that United Neighborhoods partner communities are referred to as “geographies.” Each geography has a unique geographical footprint, as well as its own Community Quarterback agency, grant panel, neighborhoods, and priorities and outcomes identified by community residents. Agencies may apply for funding in multiple geographies.

2025 United Neighborhoods funding will be prioritized to agencies:

(1) That currently serve residents in the following geographies:

• Albemarle Road/Central Avenue*

•Beatties Ford Road/Rozzelles Ferry Road

•Graham Street /N. Tryon Street

•Grier Heights

•Lakeview

•Freedom Drive/Wilkinson Blvd.

•North Mecklenburg (Huntington Green, East Catawba, West Davidson, Pottstown, Smithville) *

•Renaissance West

•Sugar Creek Road/I-85*

•West Blvd

*Please note that these geographies each include two grant funding pools to equitably address the specific needs of the following populations: 1) Black/African-American, and 2) Latinx/Immigrant/Refugee. Agencies applying for funding in a Latinx/Immigrant/Refugee community should carefully read the “Expectations for Applicants in Latinx/Immigrant/Refugee Communities” document, which can be found in the Resource Folder (scroll down for link).

(2) And that respond to the service priorities identified by the residents of each geography.

Please email questions to unitedneighborhoods@unitedwaygreaterclt.org.

United Neighborhood Resources:

CLICK HERE to access the United Neighborhoods Resources folder.

CLICK HERE to learn more about United Neighborhoods.

UNITED WAY OF Greater Charlotte

United Way of Greater Charlotte awards millions of dollars in grants each year to nonprofit agencies that are building stronger neighborhoods, advancing racial equity and economic mobility, and providing a safety net for those who need it most across the Charlotte region. 

All grant applications will be assessed through a community-led review process, during which staff and dedicated volunteers evaluate and identify the local collaborations and approaches that can create a lasting impact.