How to apply for funding

We're uniting our community to empower people in need. 

At United Way, we do this through strategic partnerships, finding new solutions to old problems, mobilizing the best resources and inspiring individuals to join us in our effort to LIVE UNITED.  Here you'll find information about how you can be a part of making this positive change a reality in our community. 

FUNDING CYCLE 2021-2023 

Important dates and deadlines

December 9, 2020    RFP Release Date

January 15, 2021 at 5:00pm

NOTE: The deadline for the Eligibility Screening has now passed.

Eligibility Screening Form* Due Date - 
To be completed by organizations not currently receiving United Way funding. 
February 12, 2021 at 5:00pm Application Form Due Date - 
To be completed by all organizations applying for United Way funding.
May 5, 2021 Funding Notification and Begin Date

*Organizations that DO NOT currently receive funding from United Way should complete the Screening Form and confirm eligibility before completing the Grant Application Form. 

reference application documents

Grant Application Guidelines
Eligibility Screening Form SAMPLE
Grant Application Form SAMPLE
Grant Scoring Criteria SAMPLE
UWHR is providing these documents as a preview of the actual forms. We recommend using these documents to prepare your application. When you are ready to submit, please complete the form below.

Application Form 

Please NOTE: The application form does not provide the option to save your work. Please be prepared to submit your application all in one sitting. We recommend you draft your answers on the Grant Application Form SAMPLE before submitting. 

Click here to complete the Grant Application Form: 


In order to be eligible to receive a Community Impact Grant from United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, organizations must satisfy all four of the following criteria:

  1. Be a human services organization
  2. Serve residents of Harrisonburg and/or Rockingham County
  3. Have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS or partner with a fiscal agent that has 501(c)(3) status
  4. Work in alignment with one or more of ALICE priority areas


ALICE® is a project that focuses on community members who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed. The United Way ALICE Project is the umbrella of work to both reveal and address the needs of this population. The project includes research, United Way ALICE Reports, the National ALICE Advisory Council, state-based Research Advisory Committees, the ALICE Learning Community, and local community impact work to address the needs of this population. United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County along with local United Ways throughout Virginia have together every two years to produce the Virginia ALICE Report

According to the 2020 ALICE Report, 61% of Harrisonburg City residents and 36% of Rockingham County residents live below the ALICE threshold. Through strategic partnerships, engaged advocacy, and targeted grant funding, United Way seeks to positively impact individuals and families living below the ALICE threshold, empowering people to move from crisis to survival to sustainability. (Source: United for ALICE

In order to advance our work, United Way aims to provide direct, strategic support to organizations that serve clients living below the ALICE threshold. United Way’s Community Investment Grants focus on addressing the most pressing needs in our community.


Organizations applying for funding are encouraged to become familiar with the content of the 2020 Virginia ALICE Report. The current ALICE report contains data and information specific to individuals and families living below the ALICE threshold.


1.  Housing - Adequate for the clients' needs, affordable and safe
2.  Childcare - Quality (as defined by Virginia Quality standards), accessible and affordable
3.  Transportation - Reliable and affordable
4.  Education - Supplemental, quality learning opportunities for college and/or career readiness
5.  Food - Healthy (meets daily nutritional requirements and standards), appealing (is culturally appropriate), and affordable
6.  Healthcare - Accessible, affordable, preventative
7.  Life Skills Development - Financial literacy and workforce development  

Contact for Questions
Jo Benjamin
Coordinator of Community Impact
540-434-6639 x108