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Funding Opportunities

United Way of Central Maryland promotes equity, creates opportunity, and improves lives. Our 95 years of service to the people of Greater Baltimore have taught us what it takes to change our region for the better. We are proud to be a source of support, compassion, and hope for people who work hard but still can’t make ends meet. We strengthen families and communities by taking on systemic challenges and increasing access to basic needs - health, housing, economic advancement, education, and more. United Way’s grantmaking supports programs and initiatives in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties.

Neighborhood Grant

United Way of Central Maryland’s 2022 Neighborhood Grant is an opportunity for neighborhood-centered organizations with total annual operating budgets of $500,000 or less to receive between $2,500 and $10,000 in funding to carry out neighborhood-centered projects that will be informed by residents and inspire community connection. Eligible organizations can apply to implement projects that:

  • Build Vibrant Neighborhood Spaces,
  • Build Socially Connected and Active Neighborhood Residents; and/or
  • Build Empowered Local Leaders.

This is the second year of our Neighborhood Grant opportunity, which focuses on amplifying the power of residents. We have come to believe that the true path to real, lasting and systemic change in our neighborhoods is one that is community-led, informed by residents’ deep knowledge of their neighborhood’s assets and needs, and inspired by their desire for a healthier, happier community. Last year, United Way awarded 40 Neighborhood Grants totaling $366,000.

Neighborhood Grant Information Session

The following resources from United Way's Neighborhood Grant Information Session held on October, 28, 2021, 12:30 - 2 pm are available for your reference.


    Grant applications must be submitted by Monday, November 22, 2021, at 5:00 pm (EST), through our online grant application portal, CommunityForce. Access to the application can be found here: Application Portal. Community partners identified through this application process will receive funding for the period of January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022.


    We strongly recommend that potential applicants thoroughly review the full 2022 Neighborhood Grant Request for Proposal, attached here: RFP


    Questions about the application’s content (eligibility, requirements, etc.) may be submitted up until November 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm EST. Please submit questions via e-mail to, with the subject line NG RFP Question. Answers to all questions can be found here: NG RFP Q&A.

    Submit any technical questions and technical assistance requests specific to the Application Portal via e-mail to, with the subject line NG RFP Technical Assistance. We will make every attempt to answer these questions up to the submission deadline.


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