Grant Opportunities

Competitive Grants

Since 2014, the United Way of Northwest Louisiana began an innovative partnership with the Community Foundation of North Louisiana in their competitive grant process to further promote positive changes in our community. By combining our efforts in the competitive grant process, the United Way has strengthened our strategic investments to our region, while reducing administrative costs.

The United Way awards grants of varying sizes based upon community needs and organizational capacity to impact those needs. We offer one competitive grant cycle annual and encourage any nonprofit within the ten parish region of Northwest Louisiana to apply. Funding decisions are made by a volunteer committee and the United Way Board of Directors.



  • Must be a 501(c)(3) organization
  • Geographic Area: Caddo, Bossier, Desoto, Webster, Claiborne, Bienville, Sabine, Red River, Natchitoches, and Winn parishes
  • Program Areas: Education, Financial Stability/Economic Development, Health,
    and Basic Needs
  • 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
  • Types of Requests: program funding only; no capital projects


Grant Application

Pre-submission: All applicants are required to attend at least one mandatory Grant Application Orientation Session prior to submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI).  Reservations are required and space is limited.  All sessions will be held at Community Central, 401 Edwards Street, Suite 125, Shreveport, LA  71101.

Grant Information Session Dates:
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July 12th 10 a.m.  (full)
July 14th 1 p.m. 
July 20th 10 a.m.
July 21st 1 p.m. 
July 26th 10 a.m. 

Letter of Intent Process (LOI):  The United Way of Northwest Louisiana utilizes the Community Foundation’s online grant portal.  The online grant portal will begin accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) on August 1, 2016, at 8am.  The deadline to submit your organization’s LOI will be 4pm on August 22, 2016.

Notification: October 1, 2016, the United Way of Northwest Louisiana and the Community Foundation will notify applicants if they are invited by the Community Foundation, United Way, or both to submit a full grant application.

Grant Application:  The online grant portal will begin accepting applications on October 1, 2016 at 8am. The deadline to submit your organization’s complete grant application will be 4pm on November 15, 2016.

Online Grant Portal System 


Grant Review

The United Way of Northwest Louisiana Board of Directors thoroughly review every application. A site visit, meeting, or phone conference may be needed to discuss the program/project proposed in more detail. The Board of Directors makes the final grant funding decisions.


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.



Applicants will receive an email notification of the United Way’s Board decisions in April 2017. Applicants who receive a grant award must sign a grant contract and are expected to adhere to the stipulated terms.


Funds Available

For the 2017 grant cycle, funds will be available after June 1, 2017, depending on the project start date. Funds are typically disbursed two to four weeks prior to the project start date.


Final Reporting Requirement

All grantees are required to submit a final evaluation report 30 days after the project end date.