Apply for Funding

The next application cycle will open in Feb. 2018 for 2019 funding requests.

More information on the process is below.


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 one year or more.

  • 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 exceeds $500,000

    • A financial review by an independent certified accountant and 990 tax form for total revenues between $200,000 and $500,000

    • A compilation by an independent certified accountant and a 990 tax form for total revenues under $200,000

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 level budgets, including salary disclosures (by staff titles/positions only).

  • Agency site visit is required 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.

  • See additional process notes below.

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

Basic Timeline for United Way Funding Applications:

February 17, 2017

Applications open online.  New agencies will need to create an online account and follow the prompts.

March 24, 2017

Funding Applications Due by 5:00 pm online

April 24 – May 26, 2017

UWLES Community Impact Committee Site Visits with Applicants

June 2017

Funding Decisions

Late July 2017

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

January – December, 2018

Program Funding Distributed to Agencies in Monthly Payments

Additional Community Impact Funding Notes:

  • The UWLES Community Impact Committee is comprised of approximately 25 local donors who invest over 1,000 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 early 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, site visit and program outcomes, and 3) adherence to the UWLES Memorandum of Agreement.

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

  • UWLES does not award Grants.  Funding is awarded to establish or continue Partnership with local nonprofit agencies to support and empower their programs’ success.  

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

  • 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 2018 (or early 2019 for new partners).

  • Affiliate partners do not apply for a specific funding amount and receive campaign designations only.  Full partners apply for Community Impact funding and also receive campaign designations as applicable.  All other partnership benefits apply to both partner levels.

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