Impact Grants Now Open

Now Accepting Impact Grant Applications

United Way of Genesee County (UWGC), serving Genesee and Shiawassee Counties, is at the forefront of uniting people, developing resources and creating solutions to build a better community. In an effort to improve lives in our community, UWGC invests donor gifts in exceptional programs that make measurable progress. The application process for the 2021-2022 cycle is now open through April 6, 2021. UWGC awards grants that meet specific priority areas:

  • Genesee County, our priority areas are Education and Basic Needs (including Health and Financial Stability).
  • Shiawassee County, our priority areas are Education and Basic Needs.

UWGC funds high-quality programs through systematic Community Impact Grants. Grants are provided through a competitive and transparent allocation process that is open to all nonprofit organizations that meet eligibility criteria. Please click here for applications and eligibility criteria.

UWGC Provides $1.4 Million in Covid Relief

The United Way of Genesee County has committed $1.4 million for Covid-19 relief in Genesee and Shiawassee Counties. This allocation is in addition to the over $500,000 it has already committed over the course of the pandemic.

“Covid-19 and the impacts it has on nonprofits and our most vulnerable populations is still very real,” said Tony Burks, United Way of Genesee County Board Chair. “While there is a light at the end of the tunnel, people are still struggling to keep the heat on and food on the table.”

Supporting the basic needs of the community is the United Way of Genesee County’s primary mission. Be it the Flint Water Crisis, natural disasters, a global pandemic, or the daily struggles residents face, the United Way continues to be there for all people in Genesee and Shiawassee counties.

In Genesee County $1.2 million will be allocated to nonprofit organizations through the Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund. Established by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint in partnership with United Way of Genesee County, the Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund awards grants on a regular basis to nonprofits that are addressing the gaps in key services for our most vulnerable community members. Click here review the Fund’s focus areas and how to apply.

In addition to the $1.2 million for Genesee County, the United Way has awarded $200,000 to Shiawassee County nonprofits providing Covid relief programs. The gift launched the Shiawassee Supporting Our Area Restaurants (SOARs) program, while also providing general relief funds to 12 Shiawassee nonprofits.

“The restaurant industry has suffered tremendously throughout the pandemic,” said Jeff Apsey, MI AFSCME Council 25, Shiawassee County resident and UWGC board member. “This unique partnership will not only support small business employees, but also get quality food to our residents.”

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