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Together, we can address our community’s interconnected challenges by supporting impactful organizations across our core focus areas.
Thank you for your interest in our 2024-2025 community investments grant cycle! All local nonprofits in Hamilton, Sequatchie, Marion, Walker, Dade, and Catoosa counties are encouraged to apply based on the application guide below. Pre-applications must be submitted by February 9, 2024, and full applications are due March 1, 2024.
How to Apply
Our 2024-2025 grantmaking cycle opens on Monday, January, 22, 2024. Please see below for more information on the application process and the Steps to Success model.
View sample applications for our four grant types.
Investing in collaborative and transformational work to find solutions to systemic issues in our community.
Catalyst Fund - Innovation
Accelerating impact by investing in innovation.
Catalyst Fund - Capacity-Building
Accelerating impact by investing in nonprofit capacity.
Supports programming which provides direct support for those who find themselves in a moment of immediate need.
Our funding process is driven by the Steps to Success model, which illustrates 9 key milestones organizations can comprehensively provide from birth to childhood to adulthood and beyond.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 collaborative and transformational work to find solutions to systemic issues in our community.
2. Catalyst Fund: Accelerating impact by investing in nonprofit capacity and innovative solutions.
3. Bridge Fund: Direct support programming for those who find themselves in a moment of immediate need.
When will the Requests for Proposals for Community Investment Grants be released?
United Way of Greater Chattanooga will release the 2024-2025 Community Investment RFP & application on January 22nd, 2024.
What are the steps for applying?
There are three application steps:
1. Eligibility Survey
3. Full Application – Impact, Catalyst Funds, and/or Bridge Funds
Is my organization eligible to apply for grant funding?
At the most basic level, eligible agencies must be able to provide:
The applicant must meet the IRS standards for nonprofit status 501(c)(3), faith-based organization, or governmental entity.
The organization must be chartered prior to January 1, 2021.
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 released Application Guidelines on our website.
Does my organization align with UWGC’s Community Investment Focus Areas?
UWGC prioritizes investing in data-driven efforts that deliver the highest return on investment as measured by education, stability, and health & well-being outcomes within the Steps to Success framework.
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, 2024 – June 30, 2025
How much money was invested in the most recent Community Investment cycle?
United Way of Greater Chattanooga Announces $4.7 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.
If I still have questions, how can I learn more?
If you would like to get in contact with our Community Investment team, feel free to contact us at [email protected] and we can set up a time to answer your specific questions.
Current Funded Partners
Our funded partners were selected through a community-led review process. Dedicated volunteers evaluated and identified the local collaborations and approaches that will create a lasting impact. We’re proud to support the following nonprofits through the 2023 – 2024 grant cycle.
Volunteer to Drive Investment
You play a critical role in our inclusive funding process. Volunteers representing our 6-county region judge, score, and recommend how much money is invested in the organizations and programs we fund. Join us!
Using your unique community perspective, provide an impartial and objective review for all applications.
Make final funding recommendations based on reviews and scoring from volunteer advocates.