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Neighborhood Grant

United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM)

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #193093

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit communities in eligible locations. Funding is intended for activities within the focus areas of leadership building, social connection and engagement, and enhancement of outdoor spaces. Eligible proposals benefit Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties.

The 2023 Neighborhood Grant is an opportunity for organizations with total annual operating budgets of $500,000 or less to receive funding to carry out community-centered projects that are resident-driven, connect community members and create impact in Central Maryland.

Projects should primarily fit into one of the three categories listed below. With these three broad project categories, United Way hopes to allow flexibility for neighborhood organizations to tackle the projects that can have an impact in their specific community. There are a few examples for each category, but other projects are welcome.

Although applicants are asked to identify a primary project category, projects may address more than one category.

1. Build Vibrant Neighborhoods – This category focuses on the increased usability, safety, or enhancement of neighborhood spaces. Examples:

  • Community Garden Planning/Planting.
  • Community Cleaning Initiatives.
  • Community Enhancement/Green Space Initiatives.
  • Community Safety Initiatives.

2. Inspire Community Connection – This category focuses on increasing/sustaining social connection between residents for more than one day/event, engaging residents in neighborhood improvement and building/strengthening a sense of community within your neighborhood. Examples:

  • Building/sustaining connections among residents for mental health and informationsharing purposes.
  • Establishing regular activities that bring residents together (exercise or social clubs, classes, shared hobbies, etc.)
  • Community planning and community building aimed at improving the neighborhood and/or meeting the needs of its residents.

3. Empower Local Leaders – this category focuses on identifying and providing resources to local leaders (or potential local leaders, including youth) with the goal of sharing best practices with the community (organization or public) and addressing community issues through leadership empowerment. Examples:

  • Seminars or skill-building trainings for leaders or organizations with the intention of benefiting the community from the knowledge gained at the seminar/training.
  • Implementation of best practices that build empowered leaders or organizations and that will have an impact on the community through that implementation.
  • Facilitation of multi-organizational partnerships and convenings that will underpin the community safety net in your neighborhood.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

United Way will accept applications from organizations with 501(c)(3) or other nonprofit IRS designations, with a total annual operating budget of $500,000 or less in their current fiscal year. United Way will also accept applications from organizations that do not have nonprofit status but are utilizing a Fiscal Agent/Sponsor that does.
• Any organization that has received a Neighborhood Grant for 2 consecutive years is not eligible to apply the following year.
• Organizations that currently receive other funding from United Way are also eligible to apply.

All organizations seeking funding must:
• Provide evidence that they hold a current “Good Standing Certificate of Status” with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation.
• Provide Tax Exempt Letter from the IRS.
• Provide a copy (within the last two fiscal years) of one of the following financial documents, based on your annual gross income from charitable contributions from that year. Organizations using a fiscal agent/sponsor must provide this required financial document for their fiscal agent/sponsor.

United Way will not provide funding to organizations that discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity / expression, age, ancestry, marital status or disability. In addition, applications requesting support for the following will not be considered:
• Religious activities (religious organizations may apply for funding for non-sectarian activities)
• Lobbying activities
• Individuals applying on their own behalf
• Compensation (salary and/or stipend) to individuals under the age of 14. Please note that organizations compensating individuals 14-17 years old must do so within Maryland State Labor Department guidelines.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Neighborhood Grant Information Session - Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. via Zoom. Agencies wishing to apply are strongly encouraged to attend this session.

Neighborhood Grant - Grant Writing Workshop - Monday, November 7, 2022, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. Applicants are also encouraged to attend this workshop to receive guidance on writing an effective grant proposal.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications must be submitted by Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. EST. through the online grant application portal, CommunityForce.

The 2023 Neighborhood Grant timeline is outlined in the chart below.
- Grant Application Open October 12, 2022
- Grant Information Session November 2, 2022, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. via Zoom
- Grant Writing Workshop November 7, 2022, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. via Zoom
- Deadline for Submission of Questions Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EST
- Final Q&A Posted on the UWCM website November 14, 2022
- Grant Application Submission Deadline Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EST
- Grant Decisions Announced Mid-January 2023
- Grant Period February 1, 2023 - October 31, 2023

Applicant Questions - Applicants are invited to submit questions regarding the application via email up until Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Answers to all questions will be posted on the grant portal on Monday, November 14, 2022.

Organizations may submit a maximum of one application. Multiple applications submitted by an agency will not be reviewed.

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Estimated Size of Grant:

$2,500 to $10,000

Term of Contract:

Grant Period February 1, 2023 - October 31, 2023

Contact Information:

Application Portal:

Applicant Questions - Applicants are invited to submit questions regarding the application via email to with the subject line RFP Question.

Technical Support - If you need assistance accessing or using United Way’s CommunityForce grant application portal, please submit questions/requests for support via email to with the subject line RFP Technical Assistance. Program staff will make every attempt to respond up to the submission deadline.

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