Annual Grant Funding

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The United Way of Washington County, MD is now accepting applications for the FY25 Annual Community Impact Grant funding year beginning July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025. Annual grants are awarded through a competitive grant process for up to $20,000 per program or collaborative. Grants will be awarded for a one-year term. Application deadline is 11:59 pm on March 2, 2024. Due to changes in grant funding categories and qualifications, all annual grant applicants must view the recorded informational session that was held on January 25, 2024. Please contact Kelli Tencer at for more information. 


FY25 Annual Community Impact Grants

Your United Way of Washington County, MD supports a network of local human service programs that address community needs in a primarily collaborative manner. Funds raised are invested to improve the quality of life in Washington County. All donations made here, stay here! 

Funding Statement: United Way of Washington County, MD strategically approaches local community solutions through funding evidence-based programs focusing on Health, Opportunity, Security, and Resiliency.
FY25 Annual Funding Calculation
Annual grants will be awarded for up to $20,000 per program or collaborative in the categories of Healthy Community, Youth Opportunity, Financial Security, and Community Resiliency for the FY25, 7/1/24 - 6/30/25 grant cycle. Information on our funding categories can be found below! 

Who We Fund

Your United Way's ability to raise funds in Washington County is essential to our community's success. In doing so, agencies can focus on what they do best-helping our neighbors! 100% of our annual Community Impact funding comes from your gifts and donations. That's why we ensure that all organizations funded through the annual grants are fully vetted and meet the following standards: 

  • Must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 
  • Practice non-discrimination
  • Must be in "Good Standing" with the State of MD Department of Assessments & Taxation.
  • Have a "current" registration status with the Office of the Secretary of State Charities Registration. (per MD Solicitations Act)
  • Serve Washington County residents 

Grant Details

United Way of Washington County works with local non-profits to provide real solutions to community needs.

Where there's a community need, there's a United Way. From advancing health and education to strengthening livelihoods and local resilience, we connect people to possibility! United Way mobilizes communities to action so all can thrive.

Beginning FY25, we will accept applications for four categories of funding:

Healthy Community - Improving health and well-being for all

  • Maternal & child health
  • Nutrition & food security
  • Mental Health
  • Substance misuse
  • Disease prevention & awareness

Youth Opportunity - Helping young people realize their full potential

  • Childcare & early childhood development
  • In-school, after-school & summer learning
  • Literacy development
  • Family engagement
  • STEM education
  • College & career readiness

Financial Security - Building financial stability and strength

  • Job readiness & workforce development
  • Adult education & job training
  • Financial education & coaching
  • Homelessness prevention & affordable housing
  • Small business support
  • Public benefits access

Community Resiliency - Addressing urgent needs today and advancing a better tomorrow. 

  • Disaster relief & recovery
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Crisis hotline & support
  • Environmental stewardship & sustainability

To qualify, the program or collaborative must:

  • Be a project or program that works collaboratively across multiple agencies or be a collaborative legal entity. 
  • Be a 501(c)(3)  nonprofit in good standing (relevant to all program partners). 
  • Have a current registration with the Office of the Secretary of State per the Maryland Solicitations Act, Business Regulation §§ 6-401-6-417, Annotated Code of Maryland.
  • Have a 3rd-party financial report from within the last two years.
  • Have support letters from all agencies' board of directors.
  • Seeking funding for Healthy Community, Youth Opportunity, Financial Security, or Community Resiliency.
  • Maximum grant request of $20,000 per program or collaborative.
  • One application per organization/non-profit.

The FY25 Community Impact Grant application window will open on February 1, 2024 and will close at 11:59 pm on March 2, 2024. 

Funding is available for the following categories: Health Community, Youth Opportunity, Financial Security, and Community Resiliency. 

Maximum grant request is $20,000 per program/collaborative.

To ensure equity in distribution of grant funding, only one application per organization please.

You must have attended the FY25 grant applicant informational session prior to submission of application. For more information, please contact Kelli Tencer, Director of Community Impact & Investment at 301-739-8200 ext. 104 or by email: