Grant Opportunities

United Way provides financial support to nonprofit partners across Western Connecticut through its annual Community Impact grant cycle.


In addition, UWWC partners with the City of Danbury to administer Social Service Grants to Danbury-based nonprofits and helps to administer the Emergency Food & Shelter Program for both the Greater Danbury and City of Stamford jurisdictions.

e-CImpact is United Way of Western Connecticut's online system for managing its resource investment process annually. Through e-CImpact, Agencies will submit applications, and provide reports and accountability documents. Volunteers who participate on the Community Investment Review Teams and other funding review committees will also have electronic access to Agency and Program information to assist in their decision making.



In 2017, the United Way of Western Connecticut focused its grant funding on the needs of the ALICE population in our area around:

Early Education – Provide affordable, accessible, and quality child care and/or early education opportunities to families for whom the cost of child care is burdensome. Applicants must be serving children in the birth to five age range. The desired outcome is that all children enter kindergarten with the skills needed to succeed in school.

After-School – Provide affordable, accessible, and quality after-school programming for families with children ages 5 to 18 that provides added enrichment. The desired outcome is that children of working parents receive a foundation for successful, healthy lives.

Financial Stability – Provide one-on-one financial coaching and/or financial education workshops. The desired outcome is that everyone keeps more of what they earn and is able to save for a brighter future.

Our Community Impact grant process typically opens in the Spring with grant decisions being shared in June. All 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible for funding and services must be provided in at least one of the 15 towns that UWWC covers.

The Community Impact Grant process for 23-24 is currently OPEN for applications until March 10th, 2023 at 5:00 pm. Please complete the application form on our e-CImpact software, but we have provided an editable version for those who want to draft their responses prior to submitting in the software.


Since 2009,  United Way of Western Connecticut has partnered with the City of Danbury to administer Social Service Grants. Agencies that provide services in the following three areas will be eligible for funding and are invited to apply: 

  • Education and Child Care - Helping children, youth, and their families achieve their potential; also includes agencies that provide child care services.

  • Health and Mental Health - Promoting health and wellness; also includes agencies providing help with food insecurity.

  • Financial Stability and Housing - Promoting financial stability and self-sufficiency; also includes agencies providing employment services and housing assistance such as shelter, rent/mortgage, and utility assistance.

The City of Danbury Grant Process typically opens in the Summer with grant decisions being shared in November. All 501(c)(3) organizations located in the Greater Danbury area and serve Danbury residents are eligible for funding.

Please contact Victoria Scofield at or 203-883-6704 with any questions about the application process or if you are interested in serving on a review committee. City of Danbury Grant Review Roles and Responsibilities (PDF)


For Greater Danbury & City of Stamford Only

The EFSP was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic (not disaster-related) emergencies. EFSP funding is restricted Federal Funding awarded through the Department of Homeland Security and is open to all organizations helping hungry and homeless people.

For more information on the EFSP grant process eligibility, please read our EFSP Background & Eligibility Criteria Document.

Funding Awarded to Greater Danbury Jurisdiction: $61,046

Application Due Date: Monday, March 6th, 2023

Editable Version of the Application (Click to Download)

Local Board Contact: Victoria Scofield at 203-883-6704 or

Funding Awarded to City of Stamford Jurisdiction: $100,290

Application Due Date: Friday, March 3rd, 2023

Editable Version of the Application (Click to Download)

Local Board Contact: Meghan Hadley at 203-883-6034 or


For more information about these opportunities, or to serve on a grant review team, please contact: 

Greater Danbury/Northern Fairfield County

Victoria Scofield at or 203-883-6704

Greater New Milford/Southern Litchfield County

Katy Francis at or 860-354-8800  

City of Stamford

Meghan Hadley at or 203-883-6034