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United Way Community Impact RFP - Closed for 2022

United Way of Genesee County accepts applications for our Community Impact Grants in March of each year. 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. Grants are accepted for one impact area per county. Grants will open back up in March 2023.


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 for 3 consecutive years.
  • 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.  

Emergency Food and Shelter Program - Currently Closed until 2023

United Way of Genesee County manages FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter program for Genesee, Shiawassee and Lapeer Counties. Agencies providing emergency food, shelter and energy assistance to Genesee and Lapeer County residents are invited to apply for the federal grant administered locally by the United Way of Genesee County through the Emergency Food and Shelter Local Board Program. Program funds may be used to provide clients with meals or groceries, shelter, rent or utility bill support. A request for proposals is annually released during the first quarter with the next being 2023.

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
    ChoiceOne 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
  • DeAnna Wallace
    Financial Plus 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.