Community Investment Process

Poverty is a critical issue in our community – one that is at the root of many problems. Using a collective impact approach, United Way of Central Maryland is changing the odds for families and communities in Maryland in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties by focusing on the basic building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, housing, employment and health. This means:

  1. A quality education that leads to a good job and self-sufficiency
  2. A safe, affordable place to call home
  3. Access to health care and healthy food

Without these fundamental building blocks of life, the odds of achieving success are slim. United Way helps families through our healthhousing and education programs, as well as the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline.

Beyond our impact work, United Way continues to serve as an efficient, effective fundraiser, providing funding to more than 1,600 nonprofits annually.

Our community investment opportunities are just one way in which nonprofit agencies in central Maryland can partner with United Way to help address these critical issues in our community.

Community Response Grants

United Way of Central Maryland’s Community Response Grant (CRG) application is an opportunity for non-profit health and human service organizations to request United Way support for urgent, unexpected or emergency organizational needs. Grant proposals may be submitted at any time and must be submitted through our online grant application portal.  You can access our grants portal here:

Once you establish an account, click on the “Search” tab and then click “View All Grants” to find current funding opportunities. You can review a copy of the CRG application here: CRG Application Instructions.   

Community Operating Grants

United Way of Central Maryland is currently exploring strategies to improve upon its annual grantmaking to better meet community needs in each of the six jurisdictions we serve.  As such, we will not be releasing an RFP for Community Operating Grants (COGs) at this time.  We expect to release information in early March, 2018 regarding a new/revised funding opportunity for FY19.  Please monitor this page of our website for news about this opportunity.