United Way Opens
Community Grant Application
After six years, United Way of
Greater Toledo (UWGT) will be re-opening its community grant
application, as the organization seeks to provide funding to
local programs working in the areas of education, financial
stability, health and housing.
Until January 8, 2021,
community-based entities can apply for monetary funding over
a three-year period. All information on the application,
process and qualifications can be found at www.UnitedWayToledo.org/Grant.
“The human services
landscape has certainly changed over the last few years –
especially this year, as COVID-19 continues to alter the way
in which our sector meets overwhelming needs,” said Jill
Bunge, director of community impact at UWGT.
She continued, stating, “Our
volunteers are very excited to provide long-term financial
support to local organizations doing really powerful work.”
The application link above
is exclusive to establishments in Lucas County, whereas
different community grant applications for Ottawa and Wood
County will be available on December 1, 2020 closing on
January 31, 2021. Details on those will be shared at a later
“I am continuously amazed by
the efforts of our current partners to serve those in need.
With their help, over the last six years, we have
accomplished and hit some remarkable milestones,” said Wendy
Pestrue, president & CEO of UWGT.
From 2015 to 2020, UWGT has
invested over $20 million in key community strategies such
as student success, basic needs, school readiness and
healthy lifestyles. In that same timeframe, more than
400,000 individuals were served by UWGT supported services.
This does not include those who have been helped through
United Way 2-1-1, a free, 24/7, 365-day health and human
“Seeking out new
partnerships is our way of asking ‘how can we be better?’ We
improve by learning about new programs, by analyzing current
programs that have worked, or by listening to how programs
want to re-tool themselves to meet emerging needs,” said
The number of grantees
awarded, and types of programs funded, will be determined by
a collection of volunteers, known as the Collaborative
Impact Cabinet. For this special opportunity, UWGT will be
welcoming additional community reviewers, with varying life
experiences, who will also help inform all final funding
The deadline to apply as a
community reviewer will be closing soon, on November 13,
2020. Information on that additional opportunity can also be
found at www.UnitedWayToledo.org/Grant.