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United Way Grants

United Way Grants are awarded to select organizations whose proposed program aligns with the specified program areas. Please review the below eligibility requirements and the 2019 grant application timeline and process before beginning a new application.


Eligibility Criteria

Geographic Area:  United Way awards grants to programs serving Caddo, Bossier, Bienville, Claiborne, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Sabine, Red River, Webster and Winn parishes.

IRS status:  All applicants must have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code or be described as an appropriate grantee for a community foundation under the IRS Code. An organizations must have received its 501(c)(3) ruling letter from the IRS prior to applying to the United Way for funding. 

Audit: Requirements vary based on annual revenue amounts.  See chart below:

Annual Revenue Amount


Up to $200,000

Latest Financial Records

$200,000 to $750,000

Financial Compilation

Over $750,000

Independent Audit

Form 990
:  All applicants must be in good standing with the IRS regarding their Form 990 filing requirements.  A copy of the organization’s most recent Form 990 must be submitted as part of the grant application.

Program Area: The proposed program or project must align with one of the following United Way priority areas:

  1. Essential Needs
  2. Education
  3. Health
  4. Financial Stability

Previous grant recipients:  New grant applications will not be considered from an organization that is past due in submitting its final grant evaluation report to United Way.

Timeline: The proposed project must begin no earlier than June 1, 2019 and end no later than December 31, 2020.

Number of applications accepted per grant cycle: Applicants may submit two grant applications per grant cycle. 

Local use of funds:  No part of the grant award may be sent to a divisional, regional or national umbrella group under which the applicant operates. All grant dollars must be used exclusively for the local project or program for which the grant is requested.  

Types of funding request: The United Way does not fund capital projects.