Apply for funding

On November 1, 2023, United Way of Greater Stark County will open its application process for April 2024 - March 2027 funding. Letters of intent will be due November 28, 2023.

United Way will seek applications for programs that align with its primary investment priority targeting families with young children who live in the areas of Stark and Carroll Counties with the highest levels of childhood poverty. Programs using the following strategies will be considered:

Funding will be determined through a competitive process conducted by its volunteer-citizen panels. For more information about our investment priorities, eligibility, timeline, and application software, please register for one of the webinars listed below.


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 501(c)3.* They must have served Stark and/or Carroll County residents for at least two years.

Applicants must meet our 12 Organization Requirements. Consideration will be given to tax-exempt private agencies and government entities that align directly with United Way Investment Priorities. Please contact us to request consideration before creating an application.


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.


Information sessions are optional and will be held virtually. Registration is required and capacity is limited.

11/1/2023: 8:30 AM Virtual grant application webinar.

11/1/2023: 4:00 PM Virtual grant application webinar.

11/7/2023: 8:30 AM  Virtual grant application webinar.

11/7/2023: 4:00 PM Virtual grant application webinar.
Video is available HERE. Passcode: i&DBR2t5

11/10/2023: 10:00 AM Virtual presentation by Richie Harper on childhood poverty by census tract.
Video is available HERE. Passcode: #2042StartsToday
Click here for the childhood poverty map by Census Tract

11/14/2023: 4:00 PM Virtual presentation by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio on the strategies to address Adverse Childhood Experiences. 
Video is available HERE. Passcode: z7%cDVtj
Presentation slides are available

Questions and answers from webinars or other inquiries can be found HERE and in our software for all applicants’ review. To ensure a fair funding process, we cannot meet individually with organizations.


11/1/2023: Letter of Intent available online | Link to online application can be found HERE

11/28/2023: DEADLINE - Letter of Intent due

12/15/2023: Eligible programs will be invited to submit Request for Proposal

1/5/2024: Request for Proposal opens

1/30/2024: DEADLINE - Request for Proposal due

3/31/2024: Notification - Programs notified of application outcome and funding award




Step One - Letter of Intent: The application for funding process begins with the Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI is designed as a preparation and screening tool and is open to all organizations incorporated as a non-profit organization by the state of Ohio who have tax- status under IRS code 501(c) 3. Programs must serve Stark and/or Carroll County Ohio residents. In addition to a concise program description, the LOI should convey how the program aligns with the UWGSC investment priority, what community need is addressed by the program and how UWGSC funds will be used to operate the program.

Letters of Intent will be evaluated by a council of volunteer-citizen reviewers (United Community Impact Council). Their recommendations are forwarded to the volunteer leadership of United Way. These volunteer leaders make final recommendations for programs to be invited to continue in the application process by submitting a full Request for Proposal.

Step Two - Request for Proposal: The Request for Proposal (RFP) is issued by invitation to organizations that succeed in the LOI process. The RFP provides detailed content including the program’s use of best practices/evidence-based models, goals and objectives, operations, partner roles, and budget. Proposal evaluations are conducted by volunteer-citizen reviewers (United Community Impact Council) using a standardized rubric. If additional clarification is needed, applicants may be asked to provide a brief virtual presentation to reviewers. Reviewers’ recommendations are forwarded to the volunteer leadership for consideration. These volunteer leaders make funding recommendations to the Board of Directors which makes all final funding determinations.

New agencies – those not funded within the last two years – may be subject to an Agency Review. The Agency Review process is a biennial assessment of the health and stability of an agency. Volunteers with expertise in finance or administration review pertinent agency documentation and conduct interviews with applicants.


United Way’s Secondary Priority: To improve the household stability of parents/caregivers of young children by providing immediate economic supports.

Meeting the emergency and basic needs of community members remains of great concern to United Way. Current basic needs funded partners will continue to receive funding through March 2025. These programs provide homeless and domestic violence shelters, utility assistance, mortgage/rent payment, food, health care, and safety.

Thus, no applications for our secondary priority (basic needs) will be accepted during this application process. Instead, applications will be available in fall 2024 for funding to begin in April 2025. Available funding for our Secondary Priority is contingent upon the annual fundraising campaign.




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