Our Funding Process

We believe in comprehensive solutions to combat our region’s most pressing issues.

Through our Steps to Success grants, local nonprofit agencies can apply for funding to help us reach a common goal of bettering our communities.  Every program funded through a Steps to Success grant is monitored, evaluated and measured for effectiveness. In this way, United Way validates that investments get results and make a difference where it matters most. Click here to see a list of our funded partners.

United Way relies on volunteers to support the funding process. The Community Impact Council is staffed by a group of dedicated volunteers. Learn more about this important group here.

Funding is made possible through the generous gifts from donors who give through workplace campaigns or make individual gifts. Learn more about making a gift to United Way, organizing a workplace campaign at your company or joining one of our giving societies.

  1. Application Review – United Way ​volunteers will review and score each application.
  2. Funding Recommendations – United Way ​volunteers recommend grant amounts for each of the selected organizations based on their review of the application and proposed program budget.
  3. ​Community Impact Council Approval –​Volunteer review groups then present their recommendations to United Way’s Community ​Impact Council for approval.
  4. Board of Directors Approval – Once the Community Impact Council has approved all funding plans, United Way’s Board of Directors will give the final approval.

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg opens its Steps to Success grant application process to any eligible agency every three years. The next funding cycle will begin in January of 2023 with open applications in January 2022.

If selected, program grants will be awarded for a one-year term beginning in 2023. If the program demonstrates effectiveness, the agency may apply for continued funding for two additional years.

United Way seeks to support strong organizations and programs that meet an urgent need within our region. Programs should be impactful, sustainable and focused on meeting a need that would not otherwise be met in our region.

Learn more about agencies currently receiving United Way funding here.

For more information on United Way’s funding process, contact:

Audrey Trussell
Vice President of Community Investment
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg