Funding Guidelines & Application


United Way of Greater Niagara has transitioned to a single focus model, allocating funds and investing in programs that positively impact the social, emotional, and mental development of Niagara County’s youth.

Funding Criteria/

Eligibility Requirements

Funds are awarded only to organizations that:

  • Have current Section 501c3 status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service 
  • Are located within Niagara County and/or the City of Tonawanda
  • Run a program/service that aligns with United Ways area of focus with measurable outcomes

The maximum funding available per request is $30,000

  • Should an organization wish to submit a request for more than the maximum amount, they must contact United Way in advance to discuss their application.
  • Distribution of funds (one-time payment or monthly installments) will be determined by the application review committee. Please note: the amount of funds granted may not reflect the amount requested.




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Grant/Funding Summary

Organizations, as a provision of accepting United Way of Greater Niagara’s funding, must provide the following:

  • Summary report within 6 months of using the funds demonstrating that the funds were used for the intended purpose.
  • Program review by United Way after 6 months.
  • Once deemed a “United Way of Greater Niagara Funded Agency:”
    • Actively participate in campaign
    • Include United Way in any marketing/promotion of the funded program (i.e. program site, social media, newsletters, press releases, and website) utilizing the United Way logo and/or in text: “This program is funded with support from the United Way of Greater Niagara.


  • Applications Available: NOW

  • Application Deadline: October 31

  • Decision Notification: December

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