Program Funding

UWMC LIVE UNITED 2020 Community Fund FY16-17

We are not currently accepting applications for funding. Please check back for updates, or if you’d like to be added to our contact list, please email your information to

Information about our next grant application cycle will be released Fall 2016.

UWMC runs a competitive application process to support high quality programs serving individuals and families in our geographic footprint. Those that are selected for funding align precisely with our areas of focus, present evidence-based models for service delivery, demonstrate effectiveness with data-rich results, and utilize UWMC’s published performance Issue Area Measurement Frameworks

If your nonprofit organization serving people in Metropolitan Chicago is interested in applying for a grant from the LIVE UNITED 2020 Community Fund, please carefully review the Grant Guidelines (PDF), which includes the Issue Area Measurement Frameworks and Request for Letters of Inquiry.

Grant Guidelines (PDF)
Education Issue Area Framework (PDF)
Income Issue Area Framework (PDF)
Heath Issue Area Framework (PDF)
Safety Net Issue Area Framework (PDF)
Issue Area Measurement Frameworks (zip)

Application Process

October 27-November 21, 2014: Letter of Inquiry (LOI) submission period is open.

  • Agencies currently funded by UWMC: Organizations that are currently funded in FY14-15 will be automatically invited to submit a formal proposal in January 2015 and do not need to submit an LOI. However, an organization currently funded may submit an LOI for any additional issue areas/strategies in which they are not currently funded.
  • Agencies not currently funded by UWMC: In the fall of 2014, organizations may submit an LOI if they consider themselves to be a good fit for UWMC funding. These organizations are required to submit an LOI in order to be considered for the next application phase.
  • All organizations may only submit one LOI, regardless of the number of UW offices and issue areas included. (UWMC has five regional offices: Chicago, DuPage/West Cook, North-Northwest, and South-Southwest.) Please note that the LOI phase will be extremely competitive, and a very small percentage of organizations will be invited to submit a formal application.

December 19, 2014: UWMC communicates LOI decisions to agencies.

January 5-January 30, 2015: Online application period is open.

Organizations must submit an electronic application using UWMC’s online database, and UWMC will under no circumstances accept hard copy applications, incomplete applications, or applications submitted after the deadline of Friday, January 30 at 5:00 PM CT.

For your reference please review the PDF versions of the application:
FY16-17 Current Grantee Application
FY16-17  New Grantee Application

June 2015: Applicants are notified of funding decisions. Contracts are for two years of funding, from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.


Please review these application-related Frequently Asked Questions.

If you’re not sure if your agency needs to submit an LOI, please review this document: When to Submit an LOI.

If you would like to speak with a UWMC staff member, please email including the nature of your question, and we will gladly connect you the appropriate person from our team.