Program Funding

UWMC Community Fund

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. Current funding priorities may be subject to change at that time. Please keep that in mind while reviewing the documents below.

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 United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, we recommend you carefully review the Grant Guidelines (PDF), which includes the Issue Area Measurement Frameworks and Request for Letters of Inquiry.

FY15-16 Funding Documents

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)
FY16 Year-End Reporting Instructions (PDF)

Application Process

October/November: Letter of Inquiry (LOI) submission period will open. These will likely be for agencies not currently funded by UWMC or agencies seeking funding in new priority areas

December: UWMC will communicate LOI decisions to agencies.

January: Online application period will open.

June 2017: Applicants are notified of funding decisions. Contracts will be for two years of funding, from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019.


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.