United Way of the Lakeshore Grants:  

United Way focuses on our community’s most serious problems through strategic investments in childhood success, youth success, economic mobility, and healthy families. We support programs, agencies, projects, and initiatives across our three county region throughout the year, and we update this site when there are funding opportunities.

Community Investment Grants

Letter of Intent for Grant Cycle: July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2026. 

Letter of Intent will be open from January 1, 2024, until midnight on January 15, 2024. 

Click Here to download a word document copy of the Letter of Intent. ALL submissions still must go through the online application below. 



Program Priorities for 2024 - 2026

COLLECTIVE IMPACT happens when a group of organizations commits to addressing a community-wide social issue that cannot be solved alone. It means adopting a new way of working by bringing nonprofits, governments, businesses, and the public together around a common agenda. Collective Impact can produce large-scale social change in ways that other forms of collaboration and individual efforts have not. Working alongside other key community partners, we leverage our assets to galvanize our community around a common cause, a common vision, and a common path forward. After input from hundreds of individuals across our region, conversations with local businesses and nonprofit agencies, and reviewing research data, the following program priorities have been identified for 2024 -2026. 

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Education is vital to help kids be successful in school and careers and to help build a skilled and educated workforce. United Way’s ultimate goal of Childhood Success is to ensure that children are developmentally and academically prepared for secondary education. Without question, it takes entire communities working together more collaboratively than ever before to co-create community-based, comprehensive solutions that support children and students along the education continuum from birth through elementary school.


Programs that provides: 

  • Support for children ages 0-3

  • Early literacy supports 

  • Support for childcare services 


Education is vital to help kids be successful in school and careers and to help build a skilled and educated workforce. United Way’s youth success goal is to ensure that youth gain the knowledge, skills and credentials so that they are prepared for the workforce and able to obtain family sustaining employment. For youth, ages 10-21, this requires achieving key milestones along the way: successful experiences in and transitions from elementary to middle and high school; on-time secondary school graduation; and completion of some form of post-secondary education, credentialing, or training.


Programs that address:

  • Chronic Absenteeism

  • Family Engagement



United Way’s economic mobility goal is to ensure that individuals and families improve their socioeconomic status. Economic mobility, or the ability of an individual or family to change their financial status, can have a multi-generational, positive impact on overall well-being by increasing access to financial products and services, improving housing options, and broadening educational opportunities.


Programs that address &/or provides support:

  • Housing

  • Financial Coaching

  • Transportation


United Way’s health goal is to enable individuals and families to improve their health. This requires increasing access to health care and health insurance, but also creating healthy communities, increasing physical activity and access to healthy food, and ensuring that children and families get off to a healthy start.


Programs that address &/or provides support:

  • Access to Care (Both in physical access and education of resources) 

  • Mental Health

  • Domestic Violence

  • Healthy Lifestyles