WomenRise Application FAQs

Below you will find details about United Way’s WomenRise program. If you still have unanswered questions about this program, please contact Heather Farber at farberh@yourunitedway.org.

Applicants will qualify for WomenRise if:  

  • They are a single female head of household with custody of at least one child 
  • They are enrolled or enrolling in an education or career training program that culminates in a degree or credential,  
  • They have an annual income of $60,000 or less, and 
  • They reside in the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg region (Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Petersburg, Powhatan, Richmond)
  • Use a licensed or voluntary registered child care provider

Once applications are open, applicants must create an account on our online application link and submit an online application. The application will require child care provider information, education information and a personal or professional reference. Having trouble with the online application? Here are step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial for creating an application and using the site.

WomenRise applications will become available online on Sunday, May 1, 2022.

All applications must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

All applicants will be notified whether they receive a scholarship by Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

Before applying, applicants must contact their potential child care provider(s) to ensure that they have space and know what is needed to enroll their child(ren). This includes verifying the exact weekly costs for every child. They must also be enrolled or planning to enroll in an education or career training program before August 2022. Applicants will be required to include documentation of their child care costs and the education or training program with their application. Lastly, applicants need to have the email of one personal or professional reference ready to include on the application.

We do not have a paper application. All applications must be submitted online.

If all paperwork is received on time, care costs will be covered starting in August 2022. Payments will be made directly to the child care provider.

Applications will be reviewed by United Way staff and volunteer committee of Women United donors from a variety of backgrounds, industries and stages of life.

Individuals have three options for the length of time they are requesting child care coverage based on the length of their training/education program. These options include: 1Fall 2022 (August-December), 2) Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 (August 2022-May 2023) and 3) Fall 2022, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 (August 2022-July 2023).

Yes. We will take applications for every year an individual is enrolled in an education or career training program. We will give preference to women who are currently receiving scholarships when it comes time for them to apply for another year with the goal of supporting them throughout their educational career.

Absolutely. The application allows individuals to submit multiple children and multiple child care providers. Applicants must provide costs associated with each child’s care.

There is no defined age limit for the children of applicants. We will cover costs of traditional day care for children who are not yet school-aged, as well as before and after school care costs for school-aged children.

Applicants may select any providers that are licensed or regulated with the Virginia Department of Social Services. Recipients may choose family day home providers or center-based care, depending on what works best for them. They may also choose before or after school care if needed. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that a provider has space for their child(ren) and to verify costs of care before listing the provider on the application.

You can look up all licensed or regulated providers on the Virginia Department of Social Services website.

Child Care Aware of Virginia provides some great resources for selecting a quality provider. Click here to learn more.

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg will pay the child care providers directly on a monthly basis.

Applicants must be enrolled in an education or career training program that is at least 40 hours in length and that results in some sort of degree or certification. Options include traditional degrees like GED, Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Master’s degreesApplicants may also be pursuing an academic certificate, trade certification or other credential. Examples include CNA training, real estate licensure, IT certifications, customer service or hospitality certifications, etc. 


If you have a question about whether your program qualifies, contact Heather Farber at farberh@yourunitedway.org.

While we do not require applicants to be employed in order to qualify, the application does ask about current employment. Applicants who are not currently employed should leave that field blank.

WomenRise is designed to assist you with paying for your child’s child care (including before/after school care) while you are in school. This program is not able to assist you in paying for your college tuition. If you are looking for assistance in paying for your own tuition, we recommend reaching out to your college’s Financial Aid Office.

View the WomenRise application page.

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