United Way of Dane County Investment Process

At United Way of Dane County, we’re proud to invest in and partner with programs that focus time and energy on helping local families and individuals overcome barriers and access the building blocks of well-being – a quality education, a family-supporting job and health supports. Because we know that when we connect the dots across these areas, families get what they need to succeed in school, work and life.

United Way of Dane County 2023 Micro-Investment Grants Initiative

United Way of Dane County’s Community Engagement Committee (CEC) and Community Impact Advisor’s Council (CIAC) are pleased to announce the availability of $25,000 in grant funding, made available through its 2023 Micro-Investment Grants Initiative.

On March 17, We will begin accepting proposals from grassroots organizations: community groups, nonprofit agencies, faith-based organizations and other groups – with an annual operating budget of $50,000 or less – that are working to achieve racial equity and/or social justice for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Southeast Asian or individuals and/or families of color in Dane County. 

Applications have now closed.

2022-23 Program Investment Applications are Closed

As of January 25, 2022, investment decisions for 2022-23 are final, and we are no longer accepting applications for this two-year cycle.

Please revisit this page at a later date to learn more and submit your request.

2022 Foundation Loaned Executive Grants are Closed

As of September 21, 2022, investment decisions are final for the 2022 United Way of Dane County Foundation – Loaned Executive Grants. Since the inception of the grants 27 years ago, the United Way Foundation has awarded $270,000 in direct community funding for local non-profits.

 This year’s funding focus is providing flex funding for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Southeast Asian and people of color) led organizations in Dane County and the grants carry a maximum award of $2,000. More information on the awardees can be found here.