Community Investments

Is your nonprofit making an impact on education, stability or health and well-being in our community? Then we encourage you to apply to become one of the many outstanding organizations that Live United. Dive into our FAQs below to learn more about eligibility requirements, deadlines, process and more.


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Our Grant Process

The funding process at United Way of Greater Chattanooga is at the end of a 3-year transition phase developed to ensure that the investments drive impact, collaboration, and inclusion here in the Chattanooga region. We invite you and your team to learn more about next year’s funding cycle that will open in early 2022 through the recorded informational sessions and the FAQ section below.

United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s grant funding supports nonprofits located in Hamilton, Sequatchie, and Marion Counties in Tennessee and Walker, Dade and Catoosa Counties in Georgia. We provide annual grants through a competitive proposal process to impactful organizations that address our community’s interconnected challenges in the three Focus Areas of Education, Stability, and Health & Wellbeing. All grant applications will be assessed through a community-led review process, in which dedicated volunteers evaluate and identify the local collaborations and approaches that can create a lasting transformation. If this sounds like your work, we encourage you to learn more below and stay tuned for more information.   

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Community Investment 2022-2023 FAQ

What are the available funds to apply for within UWGC’s Community Investment Funds?

1. Impact Fund: Investing in local nonprofits through competitive grants for transformational work in our community. 

2. Catalyst Fund: Accelerating impact by investing in nonprofit capacity and innovative solutions. 

When will the Requests for Proposals for Community Investment Grants be released?

United Way of Greater Chattanooga will release the 2022-2023 Community Investment RFP & application on January 4, 2022. 

What are the steps for applying?

There are three application steps:

1. Eligibility Survey 

2. Letter of Intent (LOI) 

3. Full Application – Impact and/or Catalyst Funds 

Is my organization eligible to apply for grant funding?

At the most basic level, eligible agencies must be able to provide: 

     1. The applicant must meet the IRS standards for nonprofit status 501(c)(3), faith-based organization, or governmental entity.  

     2. The organization must have been in existence for at least 3 years and have a staff in the UWGC area.  

     3. The program must provide services in 1 or more of the 6-county service regions: Hamilton, Marion, Sequatchie Counties in Tennessee or Walker, Dade, Catoosa Counties in Georgia.     

Additional requirements will be described in the release of the RFP. 

Does my organization align with UWGC’s Community Investment Focus Areas?

UWGC prioritizes investing in applications with proposals containing specific programming in the three focus areas of Education, Stability, and Health & Wellbeing. 

How often can my organization apply for grant funding through United Way of Greater Chattanooga?

UWGC follows an annual grant funding cycle. New applications open each January for the following fiscal year: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 

How much money was invested in the most recent Community Investment cycle?

United Way of Greater Chattanooga Announces $4 million in Community Investments for Most Recent Funding Cycle – read more here. 

How does UWGC’s fundraising and grantmaking work together?

A core part of United Way’s work is fundraising and distributing resources back into the community to create positive change. Read more here. 

Virtual Info Sessions

To answer questions and gather input from Chattanooga nonprofits, we provided open invitations to engage and learn more about next year’s funding cycle that will open in early 2022.  If your team missed these sessions, please view the recorded info session below! Our Community Investment team provides insight into our previous funding cycles, a preview of changes for the upcoming year, and answers to agency’s questions.  

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