Funding FAQ's

Funding FAQ's

Why Education, Income, Health and Family Strengthening?

United Way of Greater Union County’s (UWGUC) mission is to ensure the health and human service needs of the community are identified and addressed in ways that create a better future for the residents of Greater Union County.

We work to advance the common good for all in the areas of Education, Income, Health and Family Strengthening—the building blocks for a good life. Education is essential to getting and keeping a job with a livable wage and health benefits. An income adequate to pay for today’s necessities and save for the future provides families some sense of financial stability. Access to quality health care keeps children on track in school and adults productive at work. Strong, vibrant and healthy families are the cornerstone of every community.


What will be the benefits of this new focus?

The benefits of United Way's new focus include a stronger alignment of our mission, board, staff, community stakeholders and resources around achieving specific community outcomes. This alignment will allow us to identify impact strategies and to redirect our resources to achieve measurable results. Our new work will involve not only professionals in education, income, health, and family strengthening but also current United Way volunteers and other community stakeholders that will help to identify and implement priority areas.


How will the change affect United Way’s ability to provide financial support to our community's safety net services?

United Way realizes that while some critical services will be covered under the areas of Education, Income, Health and Family Strengthening, there may be other needed "safety net" services that do not fall under the new focus areas. That is why we created the Special Response Fund. The Special Response Fund was created specifically to make dollars available for essential community services. To date, United Way has identified Mental Health and Emergency Temporary Housing Services as critical community needs. 


How will this change in focus affect current United Way partners that provide programs that do not align with the new focus areas?

United Way places an enormous value in its long-standing partnerships with community-based organizations serving greater Union County and the programs and services that they have provided to its residents. United Way created the Annual Grant funding opportunity to continue the work we have started in these areas. Annual Grant funds are not limited to the new focus areas. 


Who can apply for United Way funding?

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. 


How can community-based organizations become Certified United Way Partner Agency?

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. This is not an exhaustive list.

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.


How can an interested community-based organization apply to become a Certified United Way Partner Agency?

The Agency Certification Process is open to new partners every two years, usually in the spring. 2009 is a certification year. The certification period commences March 23, 2009 and lasts until April 17, 2009. Interested parties should contact Shanee Helfer at (908) 353-7171 ext. 113 or via email at Interested applicants should also visit the certification page in this website to get copies of the Certification Application and Checklist. 


Can a community-based organization apply for more than one project?

There are limits to the number of applications an organization may submit. An organization may submit applications for only one project. Only one application per project will be accepted. 


What is the grant range and duration for a multi-year grant?

Grants are issued for two years and are recertified annually depending on performance and compliance with the requirements of the funding agreement. The grant range for Individual proposals is from $20,000 to $40,000 per year. For Collaborative Proposals*, the grant range is from $20,000 to $100,000 per year. Proposals requesting a funding amount that is outside the grant range will not be reviewed.


What is a collaborative proposal?

A Collaborative Proposal is defined as a project formally entered into by at least two UWGUC Certified Partner Agencies. All collaborative proposals are required to demonstrate a formal collaborative partnership. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) must be completed and signed by all collaborative partners and included with each proposal. 


What is the grant range for an Annual Grant?

The grant range for proposals is from $500 to $10,000. Grants are awarded on an annual basis. Applicants must re-apply each year. Continued funding is not guaranteed. 


What is the Grant Range for the Special Response Fund?

Service agreements will be executed on an annual basis. Fees will be negotiated depending on the type of service provided.


For more information and/or questions please contact Susan Pepper, Director of Programs,  at  or  908.353.7171x105.