Community Impact Grants & Investments


Together, with our community partners, we raise funds to invest in the health, education, financial stability, and basic needs of Washington County residents.  The funds raised and awarded have a purpose, a direct path to make the greatest impact in our community.  After the funds are raised each year, local volunteers work to determine where to invest your donation.  These volunteers are recruited from throughout the community, representing people from all walks of life who live and work in Washington County.  Grant review and fund distribution is a transparent process that anyone can join. For more information on how to get involved, please visit our Volunteer Portal to review existing opportunities. 

Community Impact Grants 

Your United Way of Washington County, MD supports a network of local human service programs that address community needs in a primarily collaborative manner. Funds raised are invested to improve the quality of life in Washington County. 
Funding Statement: United Way of Washington County, MD strategically approaches local community solutions through funding evidence-based programs focusing on Education, Health, Financial Stability, and Basic Needs in alignment with our Strategic Plan. 
CI Formula

Goals & Strategies

  • Education - Helping children and youth achieve their potential through educational readiness.
  • Financial Stability - Promoting financial stability and independence through financial literacy. 
  • Health - Improving individual and family health, safety, and security. 
  • Basic Needs - Providing access to the basic needs of life. 


Up to $50,000 in grants will be awarded per program or collaborative in the categories of Health and Basic Needs for the upcoming fiscal year (FY23, 7/1/22-6/30/23). Basic Needs grants are funded for one year while all other grants are renewable for up to three years.

To qualify, the program or collaborative must:

  • Be a project or program that works collaboratively across multiple agencies or be a collaborative legal entity. 
  • Be a 501(c)(3)  nonprofit in good standing (relevant to all program partners). 
  • Have a 3rd-party financial report from within the last two years.
  • Have support letters from all agencies' board of directors.
  • Be seeking funding for Health or Basic Needs projects or programs. 

To Apply:

Letters of Intent (LOIs) for FY23 are available for submission October 15, 2021 through November 15, 2021 (due at 11:59 p.m.). Interested applicants can access the webform: FY23 Community Impact Letter of Intent Application.
Selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications shortly following LOI decisions in November. Please stay tuned for more information in the upcoming weeks. 
Next year, FY24 will be focusing on Financial Stability and Basic Needs.

Live United Urgent Needs Grants 

You asked. We Listened. Introducing a new low-barrier grant designed for non-profits that experience unplanned expenses as a result of unanticipated program needs, emergencies, or underlying situations. Grants are not meant for operational expenses, but may be considered on a case-by-case emergency basis.


Examples of requests that qualify for grant awards include:

  • Replacement of equipment due to irreparable failure
  • Repair of equipment
  • Replacement of items lost due to natural disaster or other major event
  • Unanticipated shortfall of funding donations such as federal/state or local grant discontinuation/termination
  • Unanticipated community need items


To qualify under the terms of the grant, local nonprofits must:

  • Be a registered 501(c)(3) organization with a federal determination letter.
  • Serve the community in the areas of education, financial stability, health, or essential/basic needs.
  • Use requested grant awards in Washington County, MD for Washington County residents only.
  • Use requested grant awards for equipment and/or materials needed to address an emergency or unexpected project or program expense.
  • Be able to expend funds for requested use within 30 to 60 days of award (with supporting documentation).

To Apply:

This is a rolling grant and is typically offered monthly (with holiday exceptions) awarding up to $2,000 per month. Applications are accepted by the 27th of each month and are awarded to approved agencies by the second week of the following month. 

Nonprofits interested in applying for Live United Urgent Needs funds should apply via the webform: Live United Urgent Needs Grant Application.

Contact Kelli Tencer by email at or phone at 301-739-8200 ext. 104 for questions or a printable form. 



Community donations and gifts to United Way of Washington County, MD are invested back into the local community and impact thousands of lives. Take at look at what we were able to accomplish last year, during the height of the pandemic!

Visit our Community Impact - Your Gift at Work page for additional information. 

CI Investments