Become a Funded Partner


Thank you for your interest in partnering with United Way of Sumner County (UWSC).  Agencies interested in becoming a United Way of Sumner County Funded Partner for the 2024-2025 grant year (July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025) should review the information and deadlines below:

Eligibility Requirements

  • An agency must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code AND have been in operation for at least 2 years.
    Only health and human services agencies are eligible to apply, who do not duplicate services of other currently funded partners.
  • We prioritize collaborative funding applications to encourage collective problem solving to address our community's most pressing issues, while avoiding duplication of services. 
  • Agencies must read and review the Partner Agency Agreement and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement before submission and be willing to comply.


Application Process

  1. Agencies who are new to UWSC and/or currently funded partners who are seeking funding for programs not currently funded by UWSC, must submit a LETTER OF INTENTThe Letters of Intent Submission Period will open on January 12, 2024, with submissions due by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 9,  2024. This is the only time Letters of Intent will be accepted. No reminders will be sent to anyone who inquires throughout the year. 
  2. The UWSC Executive Allocations Committee will conduct an initial review of proposed programs who have submitted a Letter of Intent and determine which programs will be invited to move on to the next step of the grant application process. Agencies requesting new funding will receive notifications regarding their status the week of February 19, 2024.
  3. Currently funded partners and new agencies/programs who have been invited to apply must submit a UWSC grant application to be considered for funding for the following grant year.  Each grant year runs July 1 - June 30.  Grant applications will open on Friday, February 23, 2024, and be due by 4pm on Friday, April 12, 2024.  No late grant applications will be accepted.
  4. Grant applicants will conduct Agency Presentations on April 16, 17, 22, and 23, 2024. 
  5. Site visits from Allocations Committee members will be conducted in May of 2024.  Dates will be scheduled based on committee member and agency availability.
  6. The Allocations Committee will review grant applications, agency presentations, site visit evaluations, and community needs data to determine allocation amounts for each agency based on funding availability.  Agencies will receive Awards Notifications in late June, 2024.
  7. Funding cycle will begin in July of 2024. 

Note:  Proposals are for a one-year grant cycle and contingent upon alignment with United Way's priorities and applicant's ability to meet and report on desired outcomes.  Agencies must also complete a Partner Agency Agreement.

Letter of Intent Evaluation Criteria

The Letter of Intent application is the first step in the grant process.  It is available to nonprofits offering outcome based programming to benefit Sumner County in the areas of health, education, financial stability, and rebuilding lives.  Programs that most closely align with UWSC’s mission and meet the eligibility requirements will be invited to apply for a grant. 

Grant Evaluation Criteria

In evaluating grant applications, United Way of Sumner County will:

  • focus on community investments that have the potential to achieve a positive impact in our community;
  • make funding decisions based on program outcomes and community impact;
  • base decisions on objective measurements of program outcomes.