Community Impact Grants


What is a Community Impact Grant?

Community Impact Grants are how we invest local contributions from our annual campaign drive to fight for the education, financial stability, health and basic needs of every person in Martinsville and Henry County. Funding decisions for Community Impact Grants are made through an annual competitive process. Area programs and initiatives undergo a rigorous vetting process from a diverse program of 20 to 30 volunteers. These volunteers make up the Community Investment Committee which works each year to ensure our investment with local contributions has the greatest community impact within our areas of focus.

Want to serve on the Community Investment Committee for the 2021-2022 grant cycle? 

United Way of Henry County & Martinsville is currently seeking 20-30 community volunteers to serve on the Community Investment Committee. The Community Investment Committee is tasked with vetting applications for Community Impact Grant funds.
If you are interested in serving on the Community Investment Committee reach out to Philip Wenkstern at 276.403.5961 or by email at
For more information on Community Investment Committee guidelines, click here

Who can apply for Community Impact Grants?

Program Eligibility

Agencies' administering a program self-select which focus area (education, financial stability and healthy living) and/or basic needs/emergency services they would like to advance and/or support based on their abilities to align with United Way's funding priorities.
Eligible organizations must:
1. Document nonprofit status and reflect services meet a recognized human service need.
2. Prohibit discrimination by an individual's sex, race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected characteristic.
3. Operate on a sound financial basis in accordance with GAAP and maintain adequate accounting and reporting systems; and if the operating budget exceeds $150,000, have an annual audit. Agencies with an annual operating budget under $150,000 must have an annual financial review.
4. Be anti-terrorism compliant with the USA Patriot Act and other counter-terrorism laws.
5. Complete a formal program funding agreement prior to receiving a grant award.
* In general, grant proposals seeking funds for the following will be deemed ineligible:
1. Political purposes or programs requiring religious participation
2. Fundraising expenses or debt reduction
3. Activities which are contrary to the goals, aspirations, and policies of United Way or incompatible with United Way's mission as determined by the Board
Proposals must be submitted through United Way's online Agency Application portal by Friday, January 8, 2021, the close of business (5 p.m.).
Proposals received after the deadline will be deemed ineligible.
Agency Application Portal Instructions 
  1. Click link: 
  2. Create an account and save password for future reference
  3. Complete all sections (choose “save as draft” to save and exit application to return later)
  4. *Please note, narrative can still be completed in various software programs (i.e. Word/Adobe/Etc...) and uploaded. (accepted file formats for uploads are listed in each section)
  5. Once complete, click submit application