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Partner Funding Process

When you give to United Way of Southern Kentucky, you entrust your hard-earned dollars to an organization that takes this trust very seriously. Community volunteers make sure that designated funds are distributed according to the donor’s wishes and then oversee the allocation of undesignated funds to all programs through community investment committees. These panels conduct annual reviews and closely monitor services. 

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

UWSK seeks proposals to implement its Community Impact priority areas and strategies in Education, Income, Health and Safety Net. Organizations that are federally tax exempt, nonprofit, and currently providing, or could successfully implement, quality programs in alignment with one or more of these strategies are encouraged to apply for UWSK funding. For more information about United Way's work in these areas, click here

Programs that provide services within a best practices framework, that are collaborative and integrated into the fabric of other community Education, Income, Health and Safety Net efforts, that consider the goals, needs and aspirations of the communities they serve, and that are innovative are programs that UWSK seeks to support. Collaborative programs are highly encouraged. Funds are available on an annual basis to support programs for one year.

Are there requirements for receiving United Way funding?

In addition to achieving impact in one of the priority areas/ strategies, UWSK has several operational requirements that must be agreed to in writing and met over the duration of the grant period by organizations receiving support. These requirements can be downloaded here. If an organization cannot agree to meet these requirements it will not be eligible to apply for funding from UWSK. A full description of the Policies and Procedures for Funded Agencies can be downloaded here. 

How does an organization apply for funding?

The first step in applying for funding from UWSK is the submission of a Letter of Intent. The Letter of Intent deadline for the 2017/18 funding cycle has officially ended. Please check back here in September 2017 for information about the 2018/19 Letter of Intent. 

Letters of Intent will be reviewed by a UWSK regional committee. Proposals that demonstrate meaningful impact in one of the priority areas/ strategies will be invited to submit a full Community Impact Grant Application.

Funding Application Submission Process

Only organizations that have received official invitation to apply are eligible to submit an application.  Those that are eligible to apply for funding should read through the Funding Application and the Policies and Procedures for Funded Agencies to ensure that they meet all requirements. These documents can be downloaded below in the DOWNLOADS section.

Warren County applicants must submit the Funding Application by: Noon on Friday, February 3, 2016

Applicants from Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe and Simpson counties must submit Funding Applications by Noon on Friday, March 10, 2016.

Organizations seeking funding for multiple programs must submit an application for each program. A regional program providing program services in multiple counties must submit a funding application for each county in which you are requesting funding.

Submit your Funding Application at

United Way of Southern Kentucky Application Training

This application training will discuss the 2017 UWSK Application for Funding. We will go over key portions of the application, including changes to this year’s document, as well as important sections that can make or break your application. You will have the chance to ask questions about the application and the document itself. The full application can be downloaded from the downloads section below.

Training Options:

  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016 2:00PM – 3:30PM
    • Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Community Room

                    710 College Street, Bowling Green

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016 8:30AM – 10:00AM
    • Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Community Room

                    710 College Street, Bowling Green

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017 8:00AM – 9:30AM
    • Allen County Technical Center Room 119

          1585 Bowling Green Road, Scottsville

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017 8:00AM – 9:30AM
    • Logan County Public Library Program Room

          225 Armory Drive, Russellville

Please RSVP the below information to by Wednesday, December 7th if attending training in December and Wednesday, January 11th if attending training in January. 

  • Agency Name
  • Name of Attendee(s)
  • Attendee email and phone number
  • Date of training you plan to attend

Please remember training is only mandatory for agencies that did NOT receive funding during the normal allocations cycle in the spring of 2016. However, ALL agencies are welcome and encouraged to attend. Note: Agencies that received summer funding MUST attend training.

Other Important Dates:

December 5th: Full Application goes live: see downloads section below

February 3rd: Warren County Applications due to by 12PM

March 10th: All other County Applications due to by 12PM

March – May: Agency Site Visits and Presentations

Late May/Early June: Funding Notifications to all agencies

July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018: Funding cycle (monthly installment payments)


Policies and Procedures for Funded Agencies

UWSK 2017 Funding Application (**MUST download to computer BEFORE entering information in order to save entered data)

Collaboration Agreement (Attachment A)

Program and Agency Budget Instructions (Attachment B.1)

Program and Agency Budget Spreadsheet (Attachment B)