Grants 2018-08-13T17:02:32+00:00

About Community Partners

United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life. Through an initiative-based cradle-to-career approach, United Way of Southwest Virginia is creating sustainable solutions to address the challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce. United Way convenes cross-sector partners to make an impact on the most complex problems in our region. Through collaboration with government, business, nonprofit and individuals, United Way innovates for positive, lasting social change. With a footprint that covers nearly 15% of the state of Virginia, United Way of Southwest Virginia programs and initiatives serve the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe, and the cities of Bristol, Galax, and Norton.

Because change doesn’t happen alone, United Way makes critical community investments to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia.  United Way’s strongest partners understand that our community’s most challenging problems can’t be solved independently.

Potential United Way of Southwest Virginia partners need to be committed to moving the needle on our region’s most pressing problems.  In order to be eligible for a United Way of Southwest Virginia community investment, program partners must:

  • Be tax-exempt 501c3 organizations, public school districts or government units
  • Annually complete a full, independent audit of financial statements
  • Serve residents of the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Wise, and the cities of Galax and Norton
  • Deliver services within the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Wise, and the cities of Galax and Norton

United Way of Southwest Virginia balances all funding initiatives across the entire service area. United Way has defined the following regions for its services and chooses projects from each region:

  • Region One – Lee, Scott, Wise, and the city of Norton
  • Region Two – Smyth and Washington
  • Region Three – Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell
  • Region Four – Bland, Carroll, Giles, Grayson, and the city of Galax

Community Investments

United Way of Southwest Virginia Community Investments improve the quality of life in Southwest Virginia.  Each year United Way identifies investment priorities and initiatives and partners with local agencies to provide services across the region.

United Way of Southwest Virginia is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscriminatory service provision and encourages organizations to adopt the broadest possible nondiscrimination policies in the interest of inclusiveness in services to the community.

Community investments are given in the areas of health, education, and financial stability.

Questions may be sent to grants@unitedwayswva.org.

Reporting Forms

All grantees must complete and submit the Agency Narrative, Budget, Budget Narrative, Data, and Volunteer Hours forms. *NOTE: The In-Kind Contribution form is OPTIONAL, but might be helpful for programs that need to verify in-kind contributions.

Questions about the reporting forms can be emailed to grants@unitedwayswva.org.

Communications Release Form

We ensure that individuals featured in our marketing/promotional materials approve of the use of their image (video/photo) and communication (verbal/written) in association with United Way of Southwest Virginia. We do this by using a simple Communications Release.

Click here to download the Communications Release form.

Marketing Guidelines & Logo

United Way of Southwest Virginia receives applications from many organizations.  For that reason, United Way of Southwest Virginia has created the following guidelines for its brand and appearance.  Following these guidelines ensures United Way can continue making investments with community organizations:

  • Please use the phrase, “a United Way of Southwest Virginia partner agency”, in all print and marketing materials created for the United Way program that receives funding from United Way of Southwest Virginia.

  • When being included in a list, use United Way’s full name, “United Way of Southwest Virginia”; do not abbreviate the name.

  • Please use United Way’s logo on brochures, flyers, website, billboards, etc. when possible and link to United Way’s website, www.unitedwayswva.org, when possible.  The logo is available on this web page.

  • Please submit all printed materials which use United Way’s name and/or logo to grants@unitedwayswva.org.  United Way likes to ensure the guidelines are followed, but, more importantly, wants to help market partner agency events.

  • The word “the” is not a part of United Way of Southwest Virginia’s name.  When written, it should read “the United Way of Southwest Virginia”.