Every two years, United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties solicits requests for proposals to partner with us to address our community's biggest challenges. Grants are awarded competitively to programs that align closely with our strategic priorities to address the local areas of greatest need:

  • Childhood success
  • Youth success
  • Health
  • Financial stability
  • Basic needs

The application window for the current grant cycle closed on February 16, 2020. Proposals received by the deadline will be reviewed and evaluated by the United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties Board of Directors in March and April, and funding decisions will be made by the Board in May.  Funding agreements will cover a two-year time frame and United Way will distribute funds for the first year of the cycle beginning on July 1, 2020.


We currently partner with 23 local agencies to fund 38 programs to address our community's biggest challenges throughout Benton and Frankllin Counties.  The current grant cycle began on July 1, 2018 and will end on June 30, 2020.


    If additional funds become available, we may make targeted grants to the community.  For example, in 2017, we awarded $330,000 to local agencies for small equipment purchases and emerging needs. In April 2019, we provided $77,000 to address local hunger and homelessness.

    If you have questions, please email or call 509-581-3939.

    United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties improves lives and strengthens communities. We build collaborations with individuals, businesses, and nonprofits to address challenges that no one agency can solve alone to provide the building blocks of opportunity—education, income and health—that every person needs to thrive. Together, we’re solving our region’s biggest problems and creating lasting change.