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United Way announces 2024-26 grant process

United Way of Henderson County will be accepting applications for funding for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 fiscal years in a competitive grant process focused on addressing target issues of Education, Financial Stability, Health and Basic Needs/Crisis Services.

Accepted every other year, applications go a thorough community-vetted panel review process. Grant awards will be announced next May.

Programs applying to partner with the United Way must be able to show results that align with UWHC’s objectives as detailed in HC2025, the agency’s plan for improving our community. Goals address the issues of Kindergarten Readiness; School Success; Economic Self-Sufficiency; Affordable Housing; Physical Activity & Nutrition; Healthy Youth Behaviors; and Basic Needs/Crisis Services. Details on the objectives and sample strategies the United Way has identified to achieve these objectives can be found at under “What We Do.”

All applicants must meet eligibility requirements in order to apply for funding. Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) or public tax-exempt health and human service organization serving Henderson County; have at least a two-year history of providing health and human service programs; and have program results that clearly align with UWHC goals. Agencies may combine resources and apply together as a collaborative program addressing one or more of the UWHC 2025 Target Issues. For other eligibility criteria, detailed timelines and required Policies and Procedures for Funded Partners visit

All eligibility and application materials are submitted through an online portal. New agencies interested in applying for funding must contact Kat Carlton, UWHC Director of Community Development, by October 24th to be added to the online portal. New and current applicants are encouraged to sign up for a Community Investment Grant Information Session at Here is the grant process timeline:

  • In person grant information session: 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, Grace Lutheran Church, 1245 Sixth Ave. West.
  • Zoom grant information session: noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. 
  • Eligibility criteria due: Nov. 10.
  • Applications due: Feb. 9, 2024
  • Funding decision notification: May 2024

For questions about the grant process, contact Kat Carlton at 828-692-1636 ext. 1104 or