New funding opportunities at United Way Lane

United Way of Lane County has opened three funding opportunities for local nonprofits and initiatives with the intention of investing $650,000 in the 2023 cycle. Two grant opportunities will support nonprofits and coalitions helping children and youth succeed; the third grant will support initiatives advancing racial justice locally. Applications are due by Jan. 30, with funding decisions being announced this spring and summer. 

In United Way’s last major funding cycle, funding requests totaled four times what United Way had available to invest. 

Two of the open funding opportunities will support initiatives helping Lane County kids succeed in school and life. Community Support grants are two-year grants, $5,000 to $20,000 per year, for general operating support, program delivery, or collaboration between two or more organizations. Community Transformation grants are three-year grants, $50,000 to $75,000 per year, to support cross-sector, multi-agency collaboratives creating systemic change in our community.

Racial Justice grants are a new addition to United Way’s funding opportunities. These are one-year investments of up to $5,000 for program/project support or general operating support for initiatives advancing racial justice in Lane County. These grants can support individuals (with a fiscal sponsor), programs, or initiatives. Priorities for this grant opportunity have been shaped by conversations with local communities of color, with the intention of investing in grassroots initiatives and emerging programs.

 Eligible programs and organizations can apply for any or all of the funding opportunities; application materials for all three grants are due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 30. Funding decisions will be announced this spring and summer. 



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