Small grants for
Black-led nonprofits

The Black-Led Nonprofits Small Grants Committee and United Way of Greater Stark County invite Black-led nonprofits to request funding for health and human service programs.

Applications are closed now. Check back for new funding dates.


Black-Led Nonprofit
Small Grants Committee Members:

Richard Bennett, Vera Burton, Tasha Catron, Will Dent, Serena Draper Hendershot, Janelle Lee, Carrilyn Long, Cleo Lucas, John Ramos, Andrea Ramsey, Diane Robinson, Brenda Stevens, Leonard Stevens, Kyle Stone, Christian A. Turner and Maiharriese Wooden.
Black-led non-profit committee

Information sessions

Not able to attend the information session? Watch the recording and refer to the Q&A from the session.   

Applicants are encouraged to attend two technical assistance sessions. Registration is required. Attendance may be virtual or in-person at United Way. 

  • Black Led Nonprofits Small Grants: Technical Session 1 - Navigating the application
    May 10, 2023; In-Person or Virtual 
Watch the session 1 recording
  • Black Led Nonprofits Small Grants: Technical Session 2 - Investment priorities, strategies and metrics selection
    May 18, 2023; In-Person or Virtual 
Watch the session 2 recording 
If you are attending in-person, please contact [email protected] for more information. 

Funding eligibility

  • Be a nonprofit led by either a Black CEO/President or Board of Directors comprised of 51%+ Black members. 
  • Be a health and human service nonprofit that has a two-year history of primarily serving the Black community in Stark and/or Carroll County. 
  • As an organization, have less than a combined total of $500,000 in annual revenue or assets.

Funding levels

Tier One: To be eligible to apply for $1-5,000, the applicant organization must meet the United Way Designation Policy. This includes but is not limited to being a health and human services nonprofit with either a 501(c)(3) designation or other nonprofit designation.   

Civic, religious, educational or arts organizations are not eligible to apply, except for religious organizations that provide direct health or human service programs.   

Nonprofit organizations without a 501(c)(3) designation may be required to apply under a fiscal agent.   

Tier Two: To be eligible to apply for $5,001-10,000, applicant organization must meet United Way Standards for Membership, including but not limited to being a health and human nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) designation. 


Funds will be directed to programs that align with United Way's investment priorities of access to health, childhood success and youth success. Priority will be given to programs that target childhood poverty by serving families living in areas of concentrated poverty, families of color and/or families living under the ALICE threshold.

Funding period

Funding will be from June 15, 2023, through March 31, 2024. Funds may be used to support personnel, program materials, staff training, space rental or other facility costs, program evaluation or other resources. Funds cannot be used for capital expenses or other-than-nominal participant incentives.

Application evaluation and award

Applications will be reviewed and scored by members of the Black-Led Nonprofits Small Grants Committee. Their decisions are final. Applicants should have been notified of funding awards by June 15, 2023.

Reporting requirements

All funded programs must provide an annual summary of the impact of the grant including indicators/outcomes, demographics and an essential budget that shows where funds were spent. They must also agree to check-ins every 90 days with members of the Black-Led Nonprofits Small Grants Committee and United Way staff during the grant period.   


For more information contact Brenda Stevens, Committee Chairperson at [email protected] or LaFlovia Ginanni, Committee Member at [email protected].