2021 Funding Application

Thank you for your interest in applying for funding from United Way of Lee County.

Please note the following requirements:

  • Agency must provide human services in the areas of health, education, and/or financial stability (including basic needs)
  • Agency must be either a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or must be a public school, college, or university
  • Agency must have a presence and be active in Lee County or Harnett County, NC
  • Agency must not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, familial status, socio-economic status, or any federally protected classification in its employment practices or program service delivery
  • Agency may be faith-based, but clients must be able to opt out of faith-based messaging and content when applying for or receiving services
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • United Way funds program expenses only; we do not fund general and administrative expenses or capital projects.
  • Directors of applicant agencies must be available on April 20 (Lee County) or April 21 (Harnett County) for a one-hour interview with a Community Investment Team (via Zoom). The time of your interview will be provided in late March.

How to Apply:

All applicants are required to have an account to complete and submit your application. Keep your user name and password handy so that you can save a draft of your application and return to complete your submission. This user name and password will continue to be used for agency reporting and future applications.

Click the appropriate link below to login and access the application.

  • LOGIN HERE (If you already have a user name and password)
  • CREATE AN ACCOUNT (New users only - an email will be sent to you)
  • RESET YOUR PASSWORD (if your email has been used previously, you can reset your password if you don't remember it, but you must have access to the email address that was originally used to set up the login.)
  • LOGOUT (Be sure to log out once you have saved your draft or submitted your application)

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Be sure that you have completely answered all the questions.

Determining Amount to Request:

2020 was a challenging year for all of us in many ways. As it always does, our community came together to help our most vulnerable neighbors--those who struggle to provide basic needs such as food and housing for their families. At United Way of Lee County, we're pleased that, thanks to community support, we were able to raise over $37,000 for our Community COVID-19 Response Fund. Those funds were immediately made available to local nonprofits who were meeting emergency needs, and United Way's COVID-19 funding support continues as our community begins to recover from the pandemic. 

One of the challenges of 2020 for so many was loss of employment. Unfortunately, this affected many nonprofits' ability to provide programming and services, as some donors weren't able to contribute as generously as they would have liked or had done in the past. Because there is still so much need in our community, and because United Way of Lee County wishes to maximize its impact by assisting as many agencies as possible, our 2021 grant amounts will be limited. While the final amount available for grant awards is not yet known, we estimate that the average award in 2021 will not exceed $5,500. Applying agencies should keep this in mind when determining funding request amounts. 

Applications are due at noon on March 22, 2021. 

No applications will be accepted after this time.