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United Way Community Impact RFP 

United Way of Genesee County accepts applications for our Community Impact Grants in March of each year. 

United Way of Genesee County (UWGC), serving Genesee and Shiawassee Counties, is at the forefront of uniting people, developing resources and creating solutions to build a better community. In an effort to improve lives in our community, UWGC invests donor gifts in exceptional programs that make measurable progress. UWGC awards grants that meet specific priority areas:

UWGC funds high-quality programs through systematic Community Impact Grants. Grants are provided through a competitive and transparent allocation process that is open to all nonprofit organizations that meet eligibility criteria. Typically awarded grants range from $2,500 - $100,000. 


The following requirements must be met in order for a program to receive funding through the Community Impact Grants Process:

  • The organization must be a 501(c)(3) in good standing with the State of Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act and IRS rules for Charitable Organizations; or governmental entity.
  • The organization must be established for more than 3 years at time of submission.
  • The proposed program must concentrate its efforts and services within Genesee or Shiawassee County.
  • UWGC values programs that are non-duplicative, large in scale, emphasize collaboration and leverage dollars from other donors.
  • The proposed program must make an impact in one or more of the UWGC priority areas and its target strategies.
  • The United Way does not support capital projects of any kind.  

Community Impact Cabinet

The Cabinet reviews proposals, making recommendations for funding to the United Way Board of Directors, and monitors awarded projects’ progress.

The members of the Genesee County Community Impact Cabinet are:

  • Jim Carney
    Chemical Bank
    (Chair and United Way board member)

  • Kyle Canada
    Randy Wise Automotive
  • Erin Hoffman
    Domico Med-Device
  • Lori Mudge
    Rowe Professional Services
  • Deana Turcott
    Dort Financial Credit Union

The members of the Shiawassee County Community Impact Cabinet are:

  • Jeff Apsey
    MI-AFSCME Council 25
    (Chair and United Way board member)
  • Becky Yost
  • Justin Horvath
    Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership
  • Mindy Zofchak
    Huntington National Bank

For questions related to the United Way's Community Impact Grants process in Genesee or Shiawassee Counties, please contact Jamie-Lee Venable, Vice President of Operations, at  or 810-762-5826.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) - applications are now closed

Agencies providing emergency food, shelter and energy assistance to Genesee, Shiawassee and Lapeer County residents are invited to apply for a federal grant administered locally by the United Way of Genesee County through the Emergency Food and Shelter Local Board Program. EFSP funds may be used to provide clients with meals or groceries, shelter, rent or utility bill support. 

These are federal dollars and selected agencies will be responsible for documentation of meals, lodging/rent/shelter and/or utilities provided to eligible clients.  Interested nonprofits that have demonstrated the capability to deliver such emergency support programs must submit applications during the open period. Janet Cotton.