Competitive Grant Opportunities


United Way of Northwest Louisiana accepts grant applications once annually through a two-stage application process, a Letter of Intent and a Stage 2 Application. 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 organizations that are past due in submitting their year end report for the previous grant cycle 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 Stage 2 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 2021-2022 Cycle


August 13: LEAD UNITED: Nonprofit Resource Conversation (Attendance Required before Letter of Intent (LOI))
August 17: Stage One – LOI opens at 8:00 a.m. CST
September 4: Stage One – LOI 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 2021: United Way will Email application status/funding decision to all Stage Two applicants


Before submitting an LOI, applicants are required to attend this virtual session. The session will be held via Zoom on August 13, 2020.


Additional Information

Staff and Board Review: The staff and Board of Directors at United Way review every LOI and Stage 2 Application thoroughly. You may be contacted if a virtual  site visit, meeting, or phone conference is needed to discuss the application in more detail. The Board of Directors makes all final grant funding recommendations.

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 2021. Grant awards will be announced to the public either virtually or in person at United Way’s Celebration of Impact in April 2021. Applicants who receive a grant award must sign a grant contract and are expected to adhere to the stipulated terms.

Funds Available: Funds will be availavle for the 2021-2022 grant cycle, as soon as June 1, 2021 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 year end report through their agency portal on the e-CImpact Agency Site within 30 days of the program end date.