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United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties (UWLS) is in the community impact business and we are honored to offer grants to our fellow Non-Profit organizations.By applying for and accepting a grant from UWLS, your organization becomes a valued Funded Partner and we look forward to working with you during the grant cycle that runs January through December,

Registered 501(c)3 organizations may apply for grants to fund strategic, outcome-based programs and our grants are highly competitive. Preference will be given to those programs that align with the mission and focal points of United Way of Lake and Sumter, which is to “improve the quality of life” in our community.It is along with our funded partners, all operating in service to our community, in which we LIVE UNITED.

For detailed information on the program, priorities, goals, and process,as well as a sample agreement, review or download UWLS 2021Grant Cycle Request for Proposals (PDF).

To RSVP for the briefing or for questions, please call 352-787-7530.


Step 1 – Annual Partners Meeting

The 2020 Annual Partners’ Meeting is organized for non-profit organizations wishing to apply for program funding.

  • WHEN: Wednesday, September 9th OR Monday, September 14th, 2020. Both briefing options run from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm.
  • WHERE: 32644 Blossom Lane, Leesburg, FL 34788


Grant applications are no longer by invitation only. We highly encourage any non-profit organization who believes they align with our 2021 funding priorities to submit a grant application into the e-CImpact Agency website.
UWLS program grants range any where from $5,000, to as high as $25,000.
Applications for our 2021 Grant Cycle will be acceptedfrom September 15th - October 31st. The online application platformcloses promptly at 4:30pm on October 31, 2020. UWLS will not accept hand-delivered, paper applications.


Since UWLS grants are highly competitive (meaning that UWLS receives more requests than funds available), the Community Investment Committee reviews and scores all grant applications. The committee is composed of board members, community leaders, and United Way team members. The committee uses a detailed template and matrix in which to score each application based on the following criteria:

  • Does the program fit one of United Way’s pillars-Education, Health, or Financial Stability (Income)?
  • Does the program help to accomplish or support United Way’s strategicgoals?
  • Does the budget of the program make senseand is the cost-per-person ratio reasonable?
  • If previously funded by UWLS, did the organization meet all requirements and obligations outlined in their Funded Partner Agreement?

The committee may emailthe organization to ask clarifying questions about the application.The committeewill score the application to rank them in order of consideration.The Board of Directors budgets the amount of money to award forprogramgrants. The committee then spreads the budget, beginning with the highest-scoring agency until the budget is depleted.The committee then submits their funding recommendations to the Board of Directors for final approval.


The Board of Directors of UWLS meet in December to make their final decision on the committee’s recommendations. Agencies will be notified once the Board of Directors makes their decision.

For those agencies that will receive funding, UWLS will send a Funded Partner Agreement (included in our RFP) which outlines United Way’s expectations of the funded program, the agency receiving funding and the guidelines of our mutual work. The deadline for signing the Letter of Agreement and returning it to United Way is January 1, 2021. Failure to sign the Letter of Agreement and returning it by January 1, 2021 will result in the forfeiture of the grant.

Funded program recipients will attend a check signing ceremony on the third Wednesday in January (January 20, 2021) at 10:00am. These agencies will receive their funds in four disbursements: one-quarter in January, one-quarter in April, one-quarter in July, and the final payment in October.

The funded program recipients are also required to attend quarterly Collaboration Meetings, complete quarterly Results Based Accountability (RBA), and share at least one success story and photo per quarter. These meetings are currently scheduled on the third Thursday of April, July, and October from 1:30pm-3:00pm.


United Way staff, board members, and community leaders will also make agency visits to funded programs.
These site visits allow United Way a first-hand view of the organization’s program and the ability to share that success with the community, as well as allow our team to be able to brag about the great work your organization is contributing!

Thank you for your interest in our annual Funded Partner Grant Program.