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Get Funding

United Way of Greater Kansas City utilizes the funds raised from corporate and individual donors to provide grants to nonprofits, health and human service agencies and programs to provide the farthest-reaching network of support for those in need in the community.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program

United Way of Greater Kansas City is accepting applications for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Nonprofit or governmental agencies providing shelter services, served meals, food pantry and rent/mortgage and utility assistance in Jackson, Clay Platte and Cass Counties are eligible to apply for funding. To submit a request for funding, use the application posted below and submit your request by May 11, 2020 to Vickie Riddle at

Download EFSP Form

United Way Community Impact Fund

United Way of Greater Kansas City accepts funding proposals for grants to programs that support its Community Impact Agenda every three years.  The next Request for Proposals (RFP) is scheduled to be released in September of 2022.  Below is a sample of United Way’s funding application as well as the last RFP released by United Way in September of 2019.  While the application deadline for that RFP has passed, the document includes useful information regarding United Way eligibility criteria, past funding priorities and review process. Also posted below are the United Way Agency Standards, used by United Way to assess the organizational strength of applicant organization.  As part of the application process, United Way assesses an organization’s adherence to these standards. 
To be added to the distribution list for the release of the next RFP, send an email to  with the name of your organization, contact name and email and a one-sentence description of the program for which you hope to seek funding.  

2020 RFP Manual UWGKC Agency Standards UWGKC RFP Proposal Sample

United Way Donor-Designated Giving

United Way accepts designated contributions from supporters of the annual United Way campaign, earmarked for a specific organization. This option provides non-grant funding to hundreds of area nonprofit organizations each year. 

Any 501c3 organization is eligible to receive funds through this mechanism. United Way does not publish a list of organizations in this program, and there is no application form that must be submitted. Interested organizations may encourage their supporters to consider a designation to the organization. They may do so by simply asking the coordinator of the United Way campaign in their workplace for a “donor-directed giving form” when making their pledge. If they make their pledge to the United Way campaign using United Way’s online giving platform, there is a link at the bottom of the pledge form that they can use to designate their gift.

Questions about the Community Impact Fund or Donor-Directed Giving Program? Contact Karen Gettinger at or (816) 559-4710.