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The Funding Application Process for 2019 United Way Partnership is now closed. 
Check back in February 2019 for our next funding cycle!



Minimum Requirements for United Way Partnership and Funding Requests

To be eligible to become a funded partner of United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore (UWLES), agencies must meet the following basic requirements found in the Memorandum of Agreement:

  • Agency must be a registered 501(c)3 and have been in existence for a minimum of one year at the time of application.

  • Program(s) for which funding is being requested must be in existence and active for a minimum of one year at the time of application.

  • Program must fall within the impact areas of Education, Financial Stability or Health.

  • Agency must have a Board of Directors (unpaid), who meet at least four times a year.

  • Agency must provide services within Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and/or Dorchester Counties in Maryland.

  • Agency must provide verification of annual registration with the Secretary of State's office in the state which they are incorporated.

  • Agency must provide proof of liability insurance.

Agency must provide one of the following (note: a 990 EZ Form is not acceptable):

  • An annual audit of financial services by an independent certified accountant and an IRS 990 tax form if total support and revenue of $750,000 or more.

  • A financial review by an independent certified accountant and 990 tax form for total revenues between $300,000 and $749,999.

  • A compilation by an independent certified accountant and a 990 tax form for total revenues under $300,000.

Additional application requirements include:
  • Agency must provide ample and reasonable evidence to substantiate the need for and effectiveness of its program, including but not limited to, outcome measurements and demographic data on those served.

  • Agency and Program budgets, including salary disclosures (by staff positions only).

  • Agency site visit for all applicants, to include the Agency’s Executive Director, Program & Financial Managers, and Board leadership.

  • All applications and supporting documentation are accepted online only. 

Additional Community Impact Funding Notes:
  • The UWLES Community Impact Committee is comprised of approximately 27 local donors who invest over 1,100 hours annually reviewing all applications and helping to make annual funding decisions.  The CIC members serve 3 year terms, and are selected from current and past Board representatives and community leaders from all four Lower Shore Counties.

  • The amount of total funding available is dependent on the overall success of the annual United Way fundraising campaign, which commences each Fall through Spring.

  • Applicants are encouraged to request funding for what is needed to support their program(s), keeping in mind that the application process is highly competitive and funding awards will vary based on 1) available funding,  2) quality of the application, 3) program outcomes, 4) site visit and 5) adherence to the UWLES Memorandum of Agreement (if current partner).

  • Funding is requested, awarded and designated to specific programs only.  Program administrative costs may be acceptable expenses as disclosed in the application.

  • UWLES does not award Grants.  Funding is awarded to establish or continue UWLES Partnership with local nonprofit agencies to support program success. 

  • There are no fees or dues to be a UWLES Partner. 

  • United Way provides year-round training, advocacy, managerial and volunteer support for all Partners in addition to allocated funding.   We are here to help!

  • All Partners are eligible to receive designations through the annual UWLES campaign, yet are not permitted to solicit designations for their agency.  Designations are paid as ‘first dollars out’ in Community Impact payments in 2019 (or 2020 for new partners).

UWLES provides two partnership options:

  • Affiliate partners do not apply for a specific funding amount and receive campaign designations only.  Current affiliate partners reapply every three (3) years, with interim documentation/reporting required.  Program budget is not required in the application.

  • Full partners apply annually for a specific amount of Community Impact funding, and receive campaign designations as applicable. 

  • All partnership benefits apply to both partner levels.

For questions about United Way partnership and funding, please contact: Pam Gregory, Community Impact Director at 410.742.5143 or

Basic Timeline for United Way Funding Applications:

February 15, 2018 

Applications open online via the Apply Now link provided at New agency applicants will need to create an online account and follow the prompts.

April 2, 2018

Funding Applications Due by 5:00 pm online

April 23 – May 25, 2018

UWLES Community Impact Committee Site Visits with Applicants

June 2018

Community Impact Committee meets to make funding recommendations to be approved by UWLES Board of Directors.

Late July 2018

Funding Notifications to Applicants.  New agencies are immediately welcomed as Partners, and included on all UWLES Partner lists.

January – December, 2019

Program Funding Distributed to Agencies in Monthly Payments