United Way NSV Opens 2024 Impact Grant Submissions

(Winchester, VA) January 2, 2024 – United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV) is inviting local nonprofits to apply for the 2024-2025 Community Impact Grant Program. The intent of the grant program is to respond to local priority needs as established through the United Way Community Needs Assessment process, in the areas of health, education, and financial stability.


The 2024-2025 Impact Grants will reflect the 2023 ALICE® Report and the most recent Community Needs Assessment for the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Both reports are available on UWNSV’s website at www.unitedwaynsv.org.


Letters of intent from nonprofits stating their interest to apply for a grant are due January 12, 2024 –and must be completed through the online grant portal, Community Force. The link to the portal is: https://unitedwaynsv.communityforce.com/Login.aspx


The full grant application will open will be due on February 16, 2024. A virtual grant application training is required for all applying agencies.


Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for grant funding:

  • Operate as a 501(c)(3) non-profit and be a Virginia registered charity.
  • Directed by a volunteer governing body with an organizational structure to administer programs. 
  • Account for funds in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  • Perform the required financial due diligence necessary as listed on United Way’s website.
  • Provide health and human services in the UWNSV catchment area (Winchester City, Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah and Page Counties).
  • Operate without discrimination.
  • Manage with an overhead cost (management and general/fundraising) below 25% of revenue.
  • Certify that United Way funds and donations will be used in compliance with all applicable anti-terrorism financing and asset control laws, statutes and executive orders.
  • Verify that they are able to complete the post-award reporting requirements in a timely matter.

In 2023, the Impact Grant Program of UWNSV invested $525,000 in 46 programs focused on health, education, and financial stability throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley. The agency received a record number of requests.  Fifty-one organizations based in the City Winchester, Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, Page, and Warren Counties requested $1,051,809 in program funding.


The annual Impact Grant process involves more than 60 diverse community volunteers, who review funding applications and participate in site visits and panel presentation before submitting the final recommendations on funding to the United Way NSV Board of Directors for approval.


United Way NSV is recruiting additional volunteers to help with reviewing applications for the Impact Grant process. Interested volunteers can sign up online at https://www.unitedwaynsv.org/fund-distribution-volunteers or call (540) 536-1610 to learn more.


Agency applicants interested in learning more about Impact Grants are highly encouraged to visit the UWNSV website for more information on eligibility, deadlines, and other requirements for funding at https://www.unitedwaynsv.org/community-impact-grants.


About United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley: Since 1946, the United Way NSV has led the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community - to meet the needs that matter most to the people of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties, as well as the City of Winchester. United Way NSV convenes the people and organizations necessary to create solutions to our region’s most pressing challenges and collaborates with effective partners. United Way NSV seeks to serve as the catalyst for community change by supporting over 45 partner agencies in the area on income, health, and education. For more information visit our website www.unitedwaynsv.org.