Please click on the links below for the most current funding forms available for each area. If you need more information, please contact our Community Impact department at (561) 375-6630.
What is a Community Impact grant?
United Way of Palm Beach County Community Impact grants are how we invest local dollars in our community. Funding decisions are made through a competitive application process.
A Community Impact Committee, comprised of informed volunteers from the community, is charged with reviewing agencies applying for funding by evaluating programs and reviewing financial records to develop an understanding of the agency. The committee then determines funding recommendations based on criteria such as program outcomes, fiscal accountability and demonstrated need in the community. The recommendations are then presented, reviewed and approved by the United Way of Palm Beach County Board of Directors.
Agencies receiving funding through the Community Impact grant process meet strict standards of accountability and are required to report semi-annually on the efficiency of their programs and how they are meeting their goals.
Our Community Impact grants are invested in high performing nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services aligned with the areas of Education, Mentoring, Special Needs, Income and Health. United Way of Palm Beach County invites 501(c)3 organizations doing outstanding work in these areas to consider applying for a United Way Community Impact Grant.
Launched in February 2007, the Continuous Improvement Initiative was conceived as a way to build the capacity of agencies under contract with Children’s Services Council and United Way. The Initiative is in its tenth year of funding and as of September 2016, nearly $2 million has been made available to over 60 different agencies.
The guide provides additional information about categories of support, funding limits, reporting requirements and application deadlines.
Launched in January 2014, the Mentoring Support Opportunity was conceived as a way to help mentoring programs develop additional matches and help alleviate the wait list of mentees in Palm Beach County. These funds will go toward helping programs make additional mentoring matches. Through the Mentoring Support Opportunity, United Way of Palm Beach County seeks to enhance the quality of mentoring programs and increase the number of youths being mentored. For the current mini-grant opportunity, only affiliate programs that have a current active mentoring program and are seeking to implement all Elements of Effective Practice are eligible to apply. The typical grant is between $2,000 up to a maximum of $5,000 (based on available funds) to be used to increase program capacity and become eligible to join the Mentor Center Network. Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm on August 28, 2019.
For more information or questions, please contact Allison Overstreet at 561.375.6642 or AllisonOverstreet@UnitedWayPBC.org
Recognizing the unacceptable consequences of local hunger, United Way of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, backed by a group of 183 organizations, convened the Hunger Relief Initiative and identified the need to create a comprehensive plan to reduce local hunger. The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and the University of South Carolina (USC) Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities were commissioned to create the Palm Beach County Hunger Relief Plan in 2015. Since the Plan’s inception, United Way of Palm Beach County has worked alongside community partners to address food insecurity in the county.
In accordance with the Hunger Relief Plan, the Cold Storage Capacity Grant aims to minimize food waste by increasing storage capacity of food pantries and other non-profit organizations that address food insecurity. The extra storage space will enable the recipient agencies to provide a consistent supply of perishable items, including produce, to a greater number of Palm Beach County residents. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2019.
For more information regarding the Hunger Relief Initiative, please visit the Palm Beach County Hunger Relief page. Applications will be available soon!
United Way is a partner with local funders who have joined together to coordinate disaster relief and recovery funding. The following funders participate and coordinate funding for this effort:
- Allegany Franciscan Ministries
- Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
- Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties
- Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
- Lost Tree Foundation
- Quantum Foundation
- United Way of Palm Beach County
A funding application process has been developed that will provide assistance to nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties whose facilities, services and clients have been impacted by a disaster.
Funding priorities for disaster relief and recovery grants include:
- emergency food, shelter and other basic needs;
- facility costs (repairs and relocation) that are not covered by FEMA or private insurance;
- expansion of service capacity related to increased demand for direct services during or immediately following a disaster.
Following a disaster, the funders group will convene to decide whether the application process will be activated. Once activated, an announcement will be circulated to local nonprofit organizations and this page will be updated with more information including a link to the application.
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (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 emergencies (not disaster-related [i.e., fires of any kind, floods, tornadoes, etc.] emergencies). Therefore, EFSP funds are not to be used to provide emergency assistance for circumstances that are the immediate result of a disaster situation. EFSP funds may be used to provide economic assistance in the long term, even if the current circumstances may have been impacted by an earlier disaster occurrence. The EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping hungry and homeless people. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering) and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only.
EFSP is governed by a National Board that selects jurisdictions for funding. Local Boards are convened in those
qualifying jurisdictions to determine the highest need and best use of funds and to select Local Recipient Organizations (LROs) that will provide emergency food and shelter services. Each year, needs are to be assessed in an effort to respond to changes in the community.
United Way of Palm Beach County’s role is to administer the EFSP program locally, which includes facilitating the local EFSP board, coordinating the distribution of EFSP funds to local emergency food and shelter programs, and monitoring and providing technical assistance to those programs regarding EFSP funds.
Local EFSP Board
- Daryl K. Houston, Chairman
Community Foundation for PB & Martin Counties
- Melissa Arden
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
- Tracie Bostick
PBC Department of Human Services
- Karis Engle
- Frank Chavere
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach
- Ilan Hurvitz
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
- Sharon L’Herrou
211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast
- Ruth Mageria
Christians Reaching Out to Society
- LaNita Sanders
Children’s Services Council
- Jennifer Durant
American Red Cross
- Maite Reyes-Cole
Coalition for Independent Living Options
- Barbara Moody
- Denese Wright
The Salvation Army Center of Hope
PROGRAM MANAGERS (PBC)
- Donna Quinlan
United Way of Palm Beach County
- Tamara Worley
United Way of Palm Beach County