United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life.

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As the needs of Southwest Virginians change, so too do the best practices for meeting those needs.

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United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life.

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United Way of Southwest Virginia is committed to advancing the common good by supporting our focus areas of education, health, and financial stability. Because change doesn’t happen alone, United Way makes critical community investments to fight for the health, education, and economic mobility of every person in Southwest Virginia. 

United Way’s strongest partners understand that our community’s most challenging problems can’t be solved independently. Potential United Way of Southwest Virginia partners must be committed to moving the needle on our region’s most pressing problems.

The United Way of Southwest Virginia has recently completed a Community Assessment to better understand the current landscape and prioritize needs. The Board’s Community Investment Committee strives to provide opportunities to mobilize the community to help advance these priorities, which over time will have a positive community impact.

Last year, grants ranged from $1,000-$3,500.  We are working to not just sustain the funding pool but to grow the available funds that will be invested through this process.

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Impact Areas


Being healthy includes physical, mental, and social well-being. United Way focuses on community need including efforts to improve maternal and child health, increase access to healthy food, boost mental health support, and more.


Education is the key to opportunity and every child deserves the chance to receive a quality education. United Way helps more children access early childhood education, have the support they need to succeed in school and be prepared for college and career.

Financial Stability

United Way is focused on helping people and families to be financially secure. Across Southwest Virginia, we’re working in communities to ensure people have access to skill-building and career opportunities that provide benefits, the opportunity for increased wages, career advancement, and more.

NRV Partner Agency Eligibility

United Way of Southwest Virginia has established several minimum criteria for NRV partners. These represent a baseline of accountability and services which are built upon through evaluation and monitoring.

All program partners must:

  • Be categorized into a minimum of one Impact Area (health, education, financial stability) that best aligns with the funding request.
  • Document nonprofit status and reflect services that meet a recognized need.
  • Be tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations.
  • Operate on a sound financial basis in accordance with US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and maintain adequate accounting and reporting systems; An organization must provide a financial review performed by an independent Certified Public Accountant (CPA). An organization with gross annual revenue of at least $1 million in the previous year will be required to provide a financial audit performed by an independent CPA in lieu of a financial review.
  • Serve Montgomery, Floyd, City of Radford, Pulaski, and/or Giles.
  • Be anti-terrorism compliant with the USA Patriot Act and other counter-terrorism laws.
  • Complete a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) prior to receiving a grant award.

Funding Exclusions

United Way of Southwest Virginia does not make grants to:

  • Individuals.
  • Fraternal Organizations, unless in support of a specific program open to or benefiting the entire community without regard to membership status.
  • Fundraising events such as walk-a-thons, tournaments, fashion shows, auctions, or dinners.
  • Endowment funds.
  • Scholarships, Fellowships, and Travel grants.
  • Pay off past debts or existing obligations.
  • Organizations and programs that are designed to elect candidates to public office.
  • Organizations with religious or membership affiliations unless the program is open to the entire community without regard to religious beliefs or membership status.

Note: United Way of Southwest Virginia is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscriminatory service provision and encourages organizations to adopt the broadest possible nondiscrimination policies in the interest of inclusiveness in services to the community.

Compliance & Monitoring

Upon the communication of grant awards, organizations will be provided detailed information on the grant disbursement schedule, reporting timelines, and the process to provide documentation.

Information and Technical Assistance

United Way of Southwest Virginia will hold a Grant Orientation on March 7, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

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Office Hours will also be available for additional assistance:

March 12th - 1:00 p.m.  March 13th - 11:00 a.m.  March 19th - 10:00 a.m.  March 20th - 2:00 p.m.

Proposal Requirements:

  • Agency Information
  • Organizational Information (1 Page)
  • Project Narrative (up to 2 Pages)
  • Current Organizational Operating Budget
  • Project Budget (Template Provided)
  • Applicant Organization's 501(c)(3) (if lead applicant is a non-profit organization)
  • Applicant Organization's Most Recent 990
  • Counter-terrorism Compliance (Document Provided)
  • Applicant Organization's Most Recent Financial Review and/or Audit
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