Venture Fund

Launching in 2019, United Way’s new Venture Fund is a catalyst for getting promising new ideas for driving population-level change into practice. A competitive, juried selection process will result in up to 4 awards of up to $75,000 each to nonprofits that have the experience, community presence, and relationships to approach a big problem in a new way, but need funding and a thought partner to bring that idea to life.

Click here to download a Request for Proposals—our call to community organizations in our service area for innovative, collaborative approaches to achieving any of the following impact goals:

  • All individuals have safe, permanent, affordable housing
  • All adults have jobs that allow them to support themselves and their families
  • All adults are able to meet their basic needs and achieve a state of financial wellbeing
  • All children enter kindergarten ready to learn
  • All youth graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and/or careers

Our deadline for agencies to submit their intent to apply has passed. Agencies that completed an intent-to-apply form and received instructions for accessing the online application can click here to log in.

Proposals are due March 1, 2019. That month, dozens of volunteers will review these applications and provide United Way with critical support in selecting up to eight finalists to pitch their ideas at an event in May, 2019.

For more information about the Venture Fund, please contact Ellen Dickenson at