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:
- A quality education that leads to a good job and self-sufficiency
- A safe, affordable place to call home
- 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 health, housing 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.
Current grant opportunities are listed below. Please check back on UWCM’s Nonprofit Funding page for future funding opportunities.
COMMUNITY BUILDING INITIATIVE
United Way of Central Maryland is looking for community partners as we embark on a significant transformation in the way that we support local communities, focusing on the power of residents to make a difference in their neighborhoods, instead of a top-down approach where funders decide what is best for communities. Our new Community Building Initiative (CBI) is based on a model created in 2000 by St. Joseph Health System in California. The desired long-term vision for the Community Building Initiative is the development of resident-based capacity to determine and implement positive change in low income communities. This capacity is developed through community-based work on one issue of concern to the community during the four years of funding (1 year incubator grant, 3 year implementation grant). More information about this initiative can be found through the FY2020 Community Building Initiative Overview.
Funding is now available for United Way’s new Community Building Initiative (CBI). Applicant eligibility and application guidance is outlined in the FY2020 Community Building Initiative RFP – updated 07.08.19.
Following the initial release of the Community Building Initiative RFP (which closed on June 19, 2019) two organizations were selected as CBI lead organizations: one to serve the Meade/Severn community of Anne Arundel County and one to serve Morrell Park in Baltimore City.
This RFP has been re-opened for a limited period. Through this grant opportunity, United Way will identify one additional lead organization to receive a CBI Incubation Grant – to serve the following community:
- Lansdowne, Baltimore County
All applications must be submitted by Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm EDT. Submission instructions and details can be found within the RFP.
CBI Grant Application Documents
Community Response Grants
United Way of Central Maryland has discontinued its Community Response Grant (CRG) program as of June 30, 2019.
Questions? Please check back on UWCM’s Nonprofit Funding page for future opportunities.
If you have further questions about the grantmaking process, please e-mail United Way of Central Maryland at firstname.lastname@example.org.