Small Grants for
Black-Led Nonprofits

The Black-Led Nonprofits Small Grants Process is an annual funding opportunity for small, Black-Led organizations. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support the Black community in Stark and/or Carroll Counties through programs serving families with young children provided by small, Black-Led nonprofits.

Committee Members:

Richard Bennett, Vera Burton, Tasha Catron, Will Dent,  Carrilyn Long, Cleo Lucas, John Ramos, Andrea Ramsey, Brenda Stevens, and Christian A. Turner.

Special thanks to our Committee Chair Brenda Stevens and Vice Chair Carrilyn Long for their leadership.

Black-led non-profit committee

Information sessions

Not able to attend an information session? A recording along with a Q&A will be available.

Applicants are highly encouraged to attend an information session before applying. Attendance may be virtual or in-person at United Way. Registration is required. Recordings will be distributed by email and posted on this page.  

  • Black-Led Nonprofits Small Grants: Information Sessions
    Topics include funding focus, eligible agencies, application & timeline with Q&A.

         View the recording below:
    Passcode: United2024#

View recording HERE
  • Black-Led Nonprofits Small Grants: Technical Assistance Session
    Topic: Navigating the application & software with Q&A.

          View the recording below:
    Passcode: May2024#

View recording HERE

Funding eligibility

  • Be a nonprofit led by either a Black CEO/President or Board of Directors  comprised of 51%+ Black members.    
  • Be a nonprofit with 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. 
  • To be eligible to apply for funding, organizations must be incorporated as a non-profit organization by the state of Ohio and have tax status under IRS code 501c3.

Funding Available

Programs can apply for up to $10,000. Agencies receiving United Way allocations are not eligible to apply additional funds for the same program.


Funds will be directed to programs that align with United Way's Primary Investment Priority: To prevent or lessen the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) during early childhood among those who live under the federal poverty level. Programs using the follow strategies will be considered: 

  • Early childhood education and home visiting 
  • Parent/caregiver skills training 
  • Mentoring or after school programs including social emotional component 
  • School or community-based violence prevention 

Funding period

Funding will be from July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025. 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 Committee. Their decisions are final. Applicants will be notified of funding awards by June 15, 2024.

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 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].