How to Apply

Impact Fund application process

United Way of Metro Chicago runs a competitive application process supporting high-quality programs that serve individuals and families in our geographic footprint. Agencies selected for funding align precisely with our focus areas, present evidence-based models for service delivery, demonstrate effectiveness with data-rich results and utilize United Way’s measurement framework.

2022 Application Process

United Way is still determining its guidelines and strategic priorities for funding in 2022. More information will be available in fall 2021, and will be automatically shared with our list serve.

For questions, contact communityimpact@liveunitedchicago.org.

United Neighborhoods Equity Fund (UNEF)

United Way of Metro Chicago is proud to launch the United Neighborhoods Equity Fund (UNEF) to support small, Black and brown-led nonprofits predominantly located in the city’s south and west sides and south suburban region – ideally aligned with United Way of Metro Chicago’s Neighborhood Network coalitions, and connect them to new investment opportunities. Organizations will have Black or brown leadership, be rooted and respected in local communities, and have an interest in building new capacity. Learn more about eligibility requirements, grant cycle and application timelines here.

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