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LU Grants


United Way of Berks County has established a pool of funding for LIVE UNITED Grants designed to fund grass-roots, collaborative projects working to find innovative solutions for challenges in our neighborhoods and community.

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LIVE UNITED Grant Purpose:

The LIVE UNITED Grant Program is based upon the belief that, united, we can all be part of the positive change we wish to see in non-prift our community. When people mobilize together for a common goal, they create positive and lasting changes that can multiply to build a stronger community for all of us.

LIVE UNITED Grants are one-time small grants up to $5,000 provided to grass-roots or community-based non-profit organizations working on “great ideas” and creative projects that bring people together to help improve the quality of life for Berks County residents. Proposals may include one-time or ongoing events/projects that present the opportunity to make a big difference in one of the identified target areas using a small amount of funds.
This grant program is especially intended for organizations that may have limited access to traditional sources of funding.

Grant Criteria:

Project ideas and goals must address one of the issue areas within the four focus areas identified by United Way and members of our community as the building blocks necessary in creating a thriving community for people to live, work, and raise their families.

  • Education: Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential
          - School Readiness and School Success
          - Youth Development
  • Financial Stability: Promoting Self-Sufficiency and Independence
          - Employment/Job Skills
          - Personal Financial Management
  • Health: Improving People’s Health
          - Mental Health
          - Health and Wellness
          - Self-Sufficiency and Independent Living
  • Safety Net Services: Helping Vulnerable Populations Meet Basic Needs
          - Basic Needs

LIVE UNITED Grants can be used for purposes such as:

  • Events or projects that connect people to one another through volunteer work or community building efforts
  • Events or projects that mobilize people and provide opportunities for positive social interaction resulting in improved neighborhoods or communities
  • Events or projects that unite us as a community, yet celebrate our diversity

LIVE UNITED Grants CANNOT be used for purposes such as:

  • Individual assistance
  • Deficits or debt reduction
  • Fundraising events
  • Attendance at conferences or workshops
  • Political events
  • Events for religious purposes

Receipt of a LIVE UNITED grant does not entitle a recipient organization to receive partner agency status with United Way of Berks County (if not already) or to receive ongoing funding of any kind. Organizations who apply for this grant must be aware that they will need to find other sources of funding to continue further program efforts.

Eligibility:  Any non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a yearly budget below $250,000 providing health and human services to Berks County residents is eligible to apply. 501(c)(3) status is NOT necessary to apply for this funding; however, a fiscal agent with 501(c)(3) status will be required to receive and manage funds for the applicant if a grant is awarded. Grassroots, neighborhood –based or smaller organizations are especially encouraged to apply. Previous LIVE UNITED Grant recipients are eligible to apply; however, funds cannot be used in any way for the same program previously funded.

Award Amount:  A maximum grant of $5,000 may be requested, with United Way reserving the option to award a lesser amount, based on demonstrated need and available resources.

Funding Period:  This is a one-time grant to be awarded by November 1, 2018. Funds must be spent within a 12-month period after the grant is awarded. A final report will be due at the end of the 12-month period. Final reports can be submitted earlier if the project concludes sooner than this time.

Application Format:  Click here to submit an application through United Way's e-CImpact software system. The following information will be addressed during the application process:

        • Description of the organization including its history, mission and past accomplishments
        • Project description, including its activities, and people to be served
        • Description of how project success will be measured and the impact it has on the community
        • Description of how grant funds will be used to support the project, and other resources secured to support project efforts

Application Process:  LIVE UNITED grants will be awarded through a competitive proposal process after review and evaluation by a panel of community volunteers and approved by the United Way Board of Directors. Interested applicants should submit their applications via the web-based e-CImpact software no later than 4:00 PM on Friday, August 24, 2018. Directions on how to access the e-CImpact system are on the United Way website at www.uwberks.org. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Review Criteria:  Fully completed applications will be evaluated based on the following:

        • How well the project matches the purpose of the LIVE UNITED grant and the use of collaboration to meet a goal
        • The strength of the program’s plan to address a community need, and make a positive impact for participants and the community
        • The ability to deliver the project within the specified budget and requested funds and in the timeframe


July 24, 2019 Applications open for completion on e-CImpact
August 24, 2018 Applications due in e-CImpact, by 4:00 pm
October 1, 2018 Applicants receive notice of funding


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United Way of Berks County

P.O. Box 702

Reading, PA 19603



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