Collaborative Funding Pilot Grant Application is Now Open - Click Here

Request for Proposals for the Funding Period July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024

January 24 Collaborative Funding Pilot Grant Information meeting (Click here for meeting recording.)
February 1 Collaborative Funding Pilot Grant Application opens (current grant recipients must have completed 2/1 reporting to be eligible to apply)
February 28 Informational Meeting via Zoom at 2:00 PM (Click here for meeting recording.)
March 1 Traditional Grant Application opens (current grant recipients must have completed 2/1 reporting to be eligible to apply)
March 13 Deadline to request access to application
March 24  Collaborative Funding Pilot Grant & Traditional Grant Applications close
Mid-June Award notifications 
July 1 Funding cycle begins

United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is excited to announce a Collaborative Funding Pilot Grant for fiscal year 2023-2024. This grant is designed to encourage collaborative efforts and streamlined approaches. This pilot grant will be offered in addition to our normal grant cycle.

Proposals for this one-year grant will be accepted beginning on February 1, 2023 and ending on March 24, 2023 at 11:59 PMGrants may be renewable beyond one year contingent upon alignment with United Way’s priorities and ability to meet desired outcomes. 

In 2023, all requests must align to Bold Goals 2030 as well as at least one strategy and tactic and 2-3 shared measurements within the bold goal for which you are applying (note: if you are applying for the nutrition and obesity bold goal, you will select your outcomes for this application. Shared measurements will be developed in late 2023).

Strategy Maps
Shared Measurements

The Pilot Grant application is now available. Click here to complete the application.

If you missed the information meeting on January 24, you may watch the recording here. All grant applications are due at 11:59 pm on March 24, 2023.

The 2023 Grant Application for United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is now available. The application is due on March 24.

Please complete the Request for Access form by March 13. Each agency should submit one request for access per program and must provide a distinct email address for each program for which they intend to apply. The form asks for first name and last name. You must enter your program name for first name and your organization/agency name for last name. Your contact information is asked for later in the form. Each program needs a primary point of contact. Additional contacts who need access to the application may be added in the final field on the form. For more detailed instructions, please view these Applicant Instructions.

Once the form has been submitted, UW staff will provide access to all requested program/agency contacts within 24-48 business hours, excluding weekends. After your account has been created, you will receive an automated email with login instructions, including a temporary password. The automated email will not come immediately after completing the form but will be sent within the timeline outlined above. Please read these Applicant Instructions prior to logging in and beginning your application!

Please contact Ella Weaver,, with questions.

Q.     When will grant awards be announced?

A.     The announcement for grant awards will be made no later than Friday, June 9, 2023. Notifications will be made by an award letter. 

Q.     Is there a minimum or maximum request that my proposal should reflect?

A.    There is not a minimum or maximum request set by United Way. You are essentially putting in your “bid” for funding for being able to offer a program or service that aligns with United Way’s mission and vision at a price point that is determined by your agency. You will want to consider the time and resources involved, not only in the RFP process, but in meeting the expectations of the grant should funding be awarded – participation in collaborative working sessions, reporting, etc.

Q.     Is my agency’s mission or service focus eligible for this grant?

A.     We welcome proposals that align with any one of our Bold Goals, and specifically the strategies and tactics identified by our community and Vision Councils. In your grant application, you will need to choose one Bold Goal to align with and then may choose multiple strategies and tactics within that Bold Goal area. You can review those goals, strategies and tactics here. 

Q.     Can we submit more than one proposal?

A.     Yes, if you have more than one program or service line that aligns with different Bold Goals 
area/leading indicators or strategies, you may submit more than one proposal. Please note that these would be separate funding relationships and may involve varying time periods for funding, collaborative working sessions, etc. 

Q.     What if my agency receives donor designations through a United Way campaign? Is that separate from the grant awards?

A.    Yes, beginning with designations made to UWRCC on July 1, 2019, donor designations will be considered a “separate stream” and not be related to grant awards made through United Way’s Community Impact Fund. For more information about our donor designation policy, please visit this page of our website