United Way of New York City (UWNYC) Community Grants

What is United Way of New York City (UWNYC) Community Grants?

United Way of New York City (UWNYC) remains committed to our goal of strengthening New York City nonprofits through board development initiatives and grant making activity. It recognizes, through its strategic planning process, that organizational strategies and practices, such as the range of supports that nonprofits can access and utilize to build their organizational capacity, are not as widely available or implemented as they might be. It provides a limited number of grants to local community-based health and human services organizations that have annual budgets under $5 million. These one-time grants are made on a competitive basis.

Who are eligible for the United Way of New York City (UWNYC) Community Grants?

In order to be considered for a Community Grant, applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Be a voluntary, not-for-profit health and human service agency with a minimum of 3 years of experience providing programs and services
  • Be incorporated as not-for-profit corporation, satisfying all requirements of New York State law
  • Be designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization or have a verifiable 501(c)(3) fiscal agent
  • Be located in New York City and serve low-income clients who live and/or work in one or more of the five boroughs
  • Have an active Board of Directors
  • Have a paid Executive Director who is accountable to the Board of Directors
  • Have an annual budget under $5 million
  • Have a certified independent financial audit and IRS 990 tax form, or similar form, if the 990 is not required
  • Comply with all provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Have an affirmative action statement and operate by policy and practice without discrimination based on age, race, gender, religion, sexual preference, disability, economic status, cultural heritage or national origin. This shall be true in all respects of the organization’s operations, including services to people, selection of board, employment of staff and volunteers, and purchases of supplies

How to apply for the United Way of New York City (UWNYC) Community Grants?

Applications that meet the minimum qualification criteria will be reviewed and scored based the following selection criteria:

  1. The critical nature of the issue(s) facing the population(s) served by the organization, and the immediate vulnerability of that population during the current economic crisis.
  2. The organization’s ability to articulate a pressing organizational need for fiscal management, fundraising or strategic planning support, including a thoughtful and realistic plan, budget and timeline to address the need.
  3. The impact upon the population(s) served that will result from meeting the vital organizational need.
  4. Preference will be given to organizations serving high-need communities as indicated by (but not limited to): high rates of unemployment, violence, foster-care placement, prisoner re-entry, incidence of disease, and high school drop-out.

How much funding is available for the United Way of New York City (UWNYC) Community Grants?

Limited number of grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 are to be awarded to qualified local community-based health and human services organizations.

Where to send applications for the United Way of New York City (UWNYC) Community Grants?

Email one electronic copy of the application and send by regular mail one hard copy of the application and all attachments.

Email application to:

Mail application and attachments to:
Community Grants
United Way of New York City
2 Park Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016

For more information on the United Way of New York City (UWNYC) Community Grants, contact:

Olga Lech at olech@uwnyc.org or (212) 251-4021.

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