Grant Opportunities


United Way of Northwest Louisiana accepts grant applications once annually through a two-stage application process. We award grants of varying sizes based on community needs and United Way focus areas. Nonprofits within our ten parish region are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

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.

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

IRS status: All applicants must have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. An organization must have received its 501(c)(3) ruling letter from the IRS prior to applying for funding.

Program areas: The organization or proposed program must align with one of the following United Way priority areas: Health, Education, Financial Stability, Essential Needs.

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.

Audit: (requirements vary based on annual revenue amounts)

Up to $200,000 Latest Financial Records
$200,000 to $500,000 Financial Compilation
$500,000 to $1 Million Financial Review
Over $1 Million Independent Audit

Timeline for 2020-2021 Cycle


July 11,18, 25: Mandatory Stage One Information Session Dates
August 1: Stage One- Letter of Intent opens at 8:00 a.m. CST
August 21: Stage One- Letter of Intent closes at at 11:00 p.m. CST
October 15: Stage Two Application opens at 8:00 a.m. CST
November 15: Stage Two Application closes at 11:00 p.m. CST


April 2020: Email notifications sent to all Stage Two applicants of funding decision

Stage One Information Sessions

All applicants are required to attend one mandatory Stage One Information Session prior to submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI). Reservations are required and space is limited. All sessions will be held on the Bossier Parish Community College Campus, Building H (Louisiana Tech University Academic Success Center).

2019 Session Dates:

Session #1 – July 11 at 11:00 a.m.
Session #2 – July 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Session #3 – July 18 at 11:00 a.m.
Session #4 – July 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Session #5 – July 25 at 2:00 p.m.


Additional Information

Staff and Board Review: The staff and Board of Directors at United Way review every LOI and Stage Two Application thoroughly. You may be contacted if a site visit, meeting, or phone conference is needed to discuss the application in more detail. The Board of Directors makes all final grant recommendations of grant funding decisions and amounts.

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

Notification: Applicants will receive an email notification of the Board’s funding decision in April 2020. Grant awards will be announced to the public at United Way’s Celebration of Impact on April 16, 2020. Applicants who receive a grant award must sign a grant contract and are expected to adhere to the stipulated terms.

Funds Available: For the 2020-2021 grant cycle, funds will be available June 1, 2019 or later, depending on the project start date. Funds are typically disbursed two to four weeks prior to the project start date.

Evaluation Requirements: All grantees are required to submit a sixth month and end of project evaluation report through their agency portal on the e-CImpact Agency Site.