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United Way of the Greater Capital Region is dedicated to working with the community to achieve progress in Basic Needs, Education, Income and Health.  We implement Strategic Initiatives focused on targeted impact work to create systems-level change.  We also partner with a foundation of strong, viable programs that address core community needs through our Community Investments.

United Way issues grants to nonprofit agencies and programs through investment processes which are open and competitive to 501(c)(3) and other health and human service organizations with tax exempt status serving the low income and vulnerable in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Schoharie counties.  We invest in programs and partnerships that address identified community needs and achieve measurable results. 

United Way invests financial resources from its Community Care Fund through the Strategic and Community Investment grant processes.  The Community Care Fund is made up of unrestricted donor contributions made to United Way from across the Capital Region.  By purposefully investing donor gifts to respond to community needs, we seek to achieve measurable impact in community conditions.  Funding decisions are made by trained volunteers who represent the diverse interests of the community and who are committed to creating opportunities for a better life for all.  These investment volunteers evaluate applications from potential grantees and make funding recommendations to the Board of Directors.

To see the Terms and Conditions of United Way Grant Funding, click here.

Strategic Investments

United Way leads strategic initiatives that bring partners together to tackle some of the most stubborn and complex social issues affecting individuals and communities in the Greater Capital Region. Strategic Investments are guided by data collection of local conditions, conversations with the community about issues and solutions, and guidance by donors, volunteers and partner organizations as to where United Way resources can make the most difference.

In order to jump start lasting community change, Strategic Initiatives are three year funding commitments that work on several levels of community change. 

There are currently no Strategic Investment funding opportunities. Check this website for future opportunities.

Community Investments

As part of our approach to address needs in our community, United Way issues Community Investment grants.  Our goal is to help meet people's immediate needs and create lasting change by addressing problems at their root.   Agencies funded in the 2016-2018 Community Investment process are coordinating programs and services around shared results for our community, the ways in which we will measure these results and the strategies we will use to achieve them.  Funded agencies utilize common performance measures to quantify the degree to which community members are better off as a result of the service or program provided. 

The Platforms and Focus Areas shown here highlight United Way’s Community Investment Framework and are used to guide funding decisions. The Focus Areas categorize types of need to structure community efforts and facilitate the investment process.  All programs must select one Focus Area to apply under, and must work toward the Results listed.  Because United Way invests in programs rather than in the organizations that operate them, an organization may apply for more than one program at a time; however, each program may apply only once. 

Community Investments are two-year funding commitments, reliant on program performance and solvency.  The two year grant period began on July 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2018.   Applications for 2018-2020 are now being considered.  

For information regarding the Community Investment 2018-2020 process, click here or email

Submission Guidelines

To watch an informational webinar reviewing this year’s process click on Watch Recording  or download the PowerPoint.

All programs applying for funding must submit a Letter of Intent online through

By 11:59 PM on Friday, September 22, 2017


Complete Organizational Review:  UWGCR volunteers and staff members will analyze your agency’s financial and governance information. In order to complete your application for consideration, please submit the following documents by 11:59 PM on Friday, September 22, 2017.

☐  501(c)(3) IRS Tax Exemption Notification Letter

☐  IRS Form 990, or 990-EZ

☐  Financial Statements:

  • Agencies with operation budgets $750,000 or more: submit Annual Audited Financial Statements with Independent Auditor’s Report
  • Agencies with operating budgets between $250,000 but less than $750,000: submit Reviewed Financial Statements that have been prepared by an independent certified public accountant
  • Agencies with operating budgets under $250,000 will agree in writing to annual financial reporting requirements

☐  Agency Budget

☐  Board Structure

How to submit organizational review documents: you can provide this information to use in any of the following ways:

1.     Email as attachments to with the subject line: “LOI (insert your agency’s name)”

2.     Share virtually through a cloud-based system like Dropbox

3.     Fax documents to 518-456-2839

4.     Mail documents to Community Impact, United Way of the Greater Capital Region, P.O. Box 13865, Albany, New York 12212