Certification is the first step in the process to apply for United Way grants. Only Certified United Way Partner Agencies may request program financial support from United Way of Greater Union County. All applicants must be certified at time of submission.

United Way, in assessing potential partners, looks for a number of criteria that must be met. For an agency to be certified with United Way of Greater Union County, it must be able to provide documentation for all the criteria below.

1. Be recognized as an organization exempt from federal income tax under I.R.S Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code 1986.

2. Be primarily involved in providing program(s) and services that are health, education or human service related and directly serve UWGUC’s county service area residents and employers. The agency must maintain a local office with regular office hours and telephone availability.

3. Have an independent governing body consisting of at least nine voting members who are citizen volunteers, that has the authority to decide policy and strategic direction with respect to the agency's programs, administration and finances, in accordance with the organization's By-Laws, and who shall meet at least four times per year. Paid staff must not be a voting member of the Board.

4. Maintain a non-discrimination Policy or Plan that does not discriminate on the basis of race, cultural heritage, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or status as a qualified disabled or handicapped individual.

5. Have an annual audit (if applicable) performed by a certified public accountant that is licensed and in good standing with the state of New Jersey.

6. Demonstrate financial management - All financial statements must show evidence of accounting principles in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures and include full disclosures and appropriate notes for such things as leases, loans, investments and affiliated party transactions.

7. Maintain a current agency listing on and

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