Annual Grant Funding

The United Way of Cayuga County (UWCC) believes that if individuals and families are successful and resilient, an entire community thrives. When partnering with agencies in the community with like-minded ideals, UWCC looks to support opportunity and impact in the areas of education, financial stability, health, and basic needs, as we see these as the building blocks for a healthy and fulfilling life.

Each autumn, the UWCC kicks off its annual fundraising campaign – it is the largest communitywide fundraiser of its kind in Cayuga County. Funds raised are then invested into Cayuga County nonprofits through an annual application process. In early January, a request for funds process begins and Cayuga County nonprofits have the opportunity to submit a program or project funding request to the United Way of Cayuga County. This program or project must support the advancement of education, health, financial stability and safety net needs within our community.

How do you decide who gets funding? Each year, the UWCC recruits residents,
professionals, and community leaders who live or work in our county to evaluate funding requests from dozens of local nonprofit agencies.

These volunteers spend hours receiving training from UWCC volunteers and staff, reviewing applications, analyzing financial information, and meeting with agency staff. At the end of the process, as a group, they decide which programs receive funding and present their recommendations to the UWCC Fund Distribution Committee, and the UWCC Board of Directors.

These community members donate their time and expertise to the grant review and allocation process. It’s a great responsibility, and each year our volunteers amaze us with their dedication. Thanks to these remarkable people, our community and our nonprofits remain strong, ensuring that thousands of residents are living healthier, safer, and more fulfilling lives. In 2021, 60% of Cayuga County residents utilized a United Way funded program.