Making Our Community Stronger

Leveraging our resources to fund collaborative, proven solutions for the most urgent challenges.

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Help us solve the 757’s biggest problems and give everyone the opportunity to thrive.

Community-Informed Funding

We believe in local solutions for local problems. An essential part of our approach is our volunteer Community Investments Committee. These volunteers ask the questions our supporters want answered. By using a thorough vetting process to select nonprofit partners, they ensure donations are used to solve our most urgent and challenging problems. In addition to pouring over 990s, audits, program details and results, volunteers hit the streets, visiting agencies to see the service for themselves before deciding where funding is invested.

For Agency Partners

United Way’s grant opportunities will be offered primarily through Requests for Proposals (RFPs) released throughout the year to enable flexibility and responsiveness while promoting greater structure and cohesiveness. Across these opportunities, United Way volunteers aim to invest in direct services (including both essential services and program investments) and systems change because this two-pronged approach is crucial to tackling our community’s most complex challenges. If you are interested in learning more about our Community Investments and how to apply, please visit our Agency Resources page (coming soon).

2022/2023 Community Investments RFP

Our annual community investments RFP will open on February 14, 2022 and applications will be due by March 25, 2022. This grant opportunity will fund programmatic support grants to certified agencies who provide programming in three core focus areas:

  • Early Childhood Success: School readiness, childcare, services driven by brain science, and services preventing or mitigating the effects of trauma by supporting parents and caregivers
  • Youth Success: Youth development, out-of-school time programs, social-emotional learning programs, and those preventing or mitigating the effects of trauma
  • Thriving Families & Individuals: Essential services, housing, family stability, transportation, physical and mental health, food security, social support, financial management, employment and workforce development

VBthrive Lead Partner RFP

We will be seeking proposals for one or more Lead Partner Agency(s) for VBthrive, a collaborative three-year project to assist residents of the City of Virginia Beach who have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. VBthrive will provide comprehensive support to Virginia Beach residents, specifically low-income and ALICE households, through connections to tools and resources to increase income, minimize debt, and improve financial stability, with the ultimate goal of economic stability and self-sufficiency. Lead Partner Agency(s) are organizations that employ staff members serving as long-term mobility mentors and/or short-term case managers. The RFP will open on February 14, 2022 and applications will be due by March 22, 2022.

Agency Certification

Certification is a one-year classification – not a grant funding opportunity – that we offer to local nonprofits to demonstrate to the public that an agency has met a robust set of standards covering financial health, governance and performance accountability. Certified agencies have access to multiple benefits, and an agency must be certified to apply for a grant through our annual RFP process.


Currently Certified Agencies



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