Community Investment Fund

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The United Way invests in programs that have a wide range of impact. These programs support thousands of local residents, helping them when they need it the most.

Deadline to apply for the 2024 Community Investment Fund (CIF) is Friday, April 12th, 2024 at 1 p.m. EST

On Friday, April 5, Community Investment Coordinator, Jan Vesna, hosted a one hour virtual information session. If you missed it, there is still an opportunity to watch if you have any outstanding questions.

Investing in SDGCA

Funding is disbursed to programs in our region that fit within our three community impact areas:

1. Helping Kids Be All They Can Be
2. Building Strong and Healthy Communities
3. Moving People From Poverty to Possibility

Funding Criteria

Community financial support from UWC SDG:

  • Will fit with the funding priorities, based upon demonstrated community needs.
  • Will be primarily in support of specific defined programs.
  • Will be applied only to meeting operating expenses of the defined program.
  • Will be based on the availability of financial resources and the availability of other funding sources for the Agency.

CIF Allocations

Through an annual review process by volunteers who participate in our Allocation Committee, our United Way allocates funding for specific programs. This year the review process will occur in April and can include interviews (in person or virtually) of your organization with members of our Committee.

Community volunteers, members of our Board of Directors and United Way staff ensure accountability through a thoughtful review process. Agencies submit applications and the committee makes funding recommendations to the United Way Centraide SDG Board of Directors. This process ensures that community resources are well invested, avoiding duplication and redundancy.

This collaborative approach supports strong service networks that help people when they need it most. Our United Way collaborates with frontline agencies, government funders and people with lived experience, identifying gaps, challenges and opportunities, facilitating coordination of services to avoid duplication. Please ensure you are well versed on the work of the Vibrant Communities so as to better understand the current needs and service gaps when identifying how the program you seek to have funded best meets the needs of the community.

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