Grant Opportunities

Competitive Grants

The United Way of Northwest Louisiana accepts competitive grant applications once annually through a common application, hosted by the Community Foundation.  Any nonprofit within the ten parish region of Northwest Louisiana is encouraged to apply.  Annually, the United Way receives more qualified applications than it has the resources to fund.  All funding decisions are finalized by the United Way Board of Directors.

Check out our 2017 Grant Awards Announcement. Watch the video.


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The 2017-2018 grant application process includes two stages:
Stage 1 – Opens Aug. 1, 2017 and closes Aug. 21, 2017 at 4pm
Stage 2 – Must be invited.  Opens Oct. 15, 2017 and closes Nov. 15, 2017 at 4pm

Timeline:  The proposed project/program must begin no earlier than June 1, 2018 and end no later than December 31, 2019.

Number of Applications Accepted per Grant Cycle:  United Way will accept up to two applications from organizations per grant cycle.

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

Multi-Department/Branch Agencies:  Requests from large organizations with many branches or departments (i.e. colleges, universities, school systems or units of government) must come through the President’s Office, Superintendent’s Office, Mayor’s Office or its equivalent.



  • Must be a 501(c)(3) organization
  • Must be in good standing with the IRS regarding their Form 990 filing requirements
  • Must have current general commercial liability insurance
  • Organizations with annual revenue in excess of $250,000 must submit an audit conducted by an independent CPA in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards
  • Geographic Area:  Caddo, Bossier, Desoto, Webster, Claiborne, Bienville, Sabine, Red River, Natchitoches, and Winn Parishes
  • Program Areas:  Education, Financial Stability/Economic Development, Health, and Essential Needs
  • Types of Requests:  Program or Operational funding only; no capital projects
  • Maximum Amount:  No maximum amount, but United Way will not fund a project/program at 100% (not the sole funder)


Grant Application

Stage 1: All applicants are required to attend at least one mandatory Orientation Session prior to submitting a Stage 1 application. Reservations are required and space is limited.  All sessions will be held at Community Central, 401 Edwards Street, Suite 125, Shreveport, LA  71101 and will last approximately one hour.

Grant Information Session Dates (RSVP by clicking a session date)

Tuesday, July 18, 10am
Wednesday, July 19, 10am  
Tuesday, July 25, 10am  
Wednesday, July 26, 10am
Thursday, July 27, 10am        

Extra sessions may be added in the rural communities and will be communicated via email to these rural parish organizations.


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The United Way of Northwest Louisiana utilizes the Community Foundation’s online grant portal.  The online grant portal will begin accepting Stage 1 Applications on August 1, 2017 at 8am.  The deadline to submit your Stage 1 application will be 4pm on August 21, 2017. Required Application Attachment Forms: Project/Program Budget Form, Organizational Budget Form, Targets and Milestones Worksheet, Collaboration Form, and Signature Form. Grant Portal System 

Stage 1 Notification:  The Community Foundation will notify all Stage 1 Applicants if they are will be invited to submit a Stage 2 Application on October 13, 2017.

Stage 2 Application:  Only agencies invited on October 13, 2017, will be allowed to complete Stage 2.  The online grant portal will begin accepting Stage 2 applications on October 15, 2017 at 8am.  The deadline to submit your Stage 2 application will be 4pm on November 15, 2017.


Grant Review

The United Way of Northwest Louisiana Board of Directors, Staff and community volunteers review every application and required documents submitted thoroughly.  You may be contacted if a site visit, meeting, or phone conference is needed to discuss the program/project proposed in more detail.  The United Way of Northwest Louisiana Board of Directors makes all final recommendations of grant funding decisions and amounts.


Notification and Availability

Applicants will receive an email notification of the United Way’s Board funding decisions in May 2018.  Grant awards will be announced to the public in June.  Applicants who receive a grant award must sign a grant contract and are expected to adhere to the stipulated terms. For the 2017-2018 grant cycle, funds will be available after June 1, 2018, depending on the project start date.  Funds are typically disbursed two to four weeks prior to the project start date, if all paperwork has been submitted.



Revisions or Change of Scope

It is the applicant’s duty to advise the United Way of Northwest Louisiana should circumstances arise which would change or affect any aspect of the grant proposal.


Final Reporting Requirement

All grantees are required to submit a final evaluation report 30 days after the project end date.  New grant applications will not be approved if an outstanding report is due.

Final Evaluation Form