How to Apply for Funding

United Way currently provides funding support to 33 local nonprofit organizations as part of a holistic effort to bring positive change to Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.  (Learn more about our community partners.)

Becoming a United Way community partner is a comprehensive, two-step process:

1. United Way Certification - Building and maintaining trust is an important component in creating change.  Certification helps safeguard donors' investment in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County by ensuring that United Way funded organizations are managed effectively and meet United Way's standards of excellence.

United Way invites certification applications from any 501c3 nonprofit serving Harrisonburg and/or Rockingham County.  The application assesses the capacity of the applicant in the areas of organizational management, human resources, board governance, and financial management. 

Upon completion of the application, a United Way volunteer certification team conducts an on-site visit with the organization's staff and/or board representatives, then makes a certification recommendation to the United Way Board of Directors, which determines whether to certify, not certify, or provisionally certify the organization.   


Certification 2015 Guidelines, Application, and Deadlines

Want to be a part of ensuring excellence in the nonprofit community?  Join us as a certification team member.  Review the job description and contact Laura Toni-Holsinger if you're interested.


2. United Way Grant Evaluation - United Way invites grant proposals from any certified nonprofit in alignment with the criteria outlined in the Community Action Plan and Community Impact Fund Guidelines.  Applications are reviewed by more than four dozen community impact team volunteers from a broad array of professions and industries in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. 

Following grant submission, applicants are given the opportunity to clarify their grant request during oral presentations.  Community impact teams then make funding recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors, which makes final partnership decisions. 

The next grant funding cycle is 2016-2018.  The review process will begin in January, 2016.

Community Action Plan and Community Impact Fund Guidlines 2014


Local Strategic Plans:

Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness and Continuum of Care Goals

Chamber of Commerce Vision 2020 Goals

Healthy Comunity Council Action Teams