Micro-Grants

United Way of Cecil County offers funding opportunities to locally focused organizations that provide programs and services throughout Cecil County!

To ensure we are advancing Cecil County’s health and human services agenda, United Way of Cecil County provides grant funding for specific projects and programs executed by eligible organizations serving the people of Cecil County. 

Funding will be in the form of micro-grants (ranging $1,000 - $2,500) to be used for programs addressing the following:

Mental Health Services

Addiction and Recovery Programs

Transportation to Employment

Childcare Offered at Non-Traditional Times of Day (to accommodate children of second and night shift warehouse workers)

Access to Healthcare for all Ages

Digital Inclusion

Legal Aid

 

 

About United Way of Cecil County: United Way of Cecil County mobilizes the power of caring individuals and groups to promote a healthy, safe community where everyone can reach their full potential. We accomplish this by way of three guiding focus areas:

  1. Promoting Successful Children and Families – providing quality services to help support, empower, and educate children, adults, and families.

  2. Independent Living - the ability to examine alternatives and make informed decisions and direct one's own life. This ability requires the availability of information, financial resources, and peer group support systems.                                                      

  3. Health and Wellness –physical, mental, and social wellbeing, as a resource for living a full life. 

For your project or program to be considered for funding, your organization must meet the specific criteria outlined below.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

 

CRITERIA

Applying organizations must:

  • Be an incorporated not-for-profit organization [classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3)] and have a registered constitution and/or bylaws.

  • Serve the people of Cecil County.

  • Have an active and responsible volunteer governing board of three or more which directs the organization.

  • Support one or more of the cornerstone issues of Promoting Successful Children and Families, Independent Living and/or Health and Wellness.

  • Have a policy and/or demonstrate a practice of non-discrimination as it relates to the operation of the organization, including service delivery, based on race, creed, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, physical or mental health, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected by law. 

  • (If funded) Agree to display the “United Way of Cecil County Community Partner” logo on their website and promotional materials.

  • (If funded) Agree to complete a follow-up form (which will be sent in June) detailing outcomes of their microgrant.

First-time applicants and organizations that received funding from previous years will undergo the same evaluation process based on the degree to which they meet the stated criteria (above). 

IMPORTANT DATES:

APPLICATION ANNOUNCEMENT: July 1, 2022

Application Deadline: July 31, 2022

Applications Reviewed by Allocations Committee: August 1 – 31, 2022

Awards Announced: September 6, 2022

Funding Distributed: December 1, 2022

QUESTIONS?

We’re happy to listen and talk through your ideas with you prior to submission. Please connect with us at info@unitedwaycecil.org.