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These grants support ongoing programs that align with our community impact focus areas: Education, Financial Stability, Health and Critical Basic Needs. United Way of Cumberland County will host a Request for Funding Proposal Workshop for organizations interested in applying for program funding at the beginning of each year. 

Interested organizations MUST meet the following Eligibility Requirements and Program Funding Criteria.

1. Organizations must have a 501 (c) 3 status.

2. Organizations must have at least a two-year history of service in Cumberland County.

3. Organizations must have a staffed office located in Cumberland County and provide services to Cumberland County residents at least 20 hours per week.

4. Organizations must have an active diversified volunteer governing board of directors with at least nine members. 

5. Organizations must align with one of UWCC Community Impact Areas:

Education - Programs that strengthen Cumberland County resident's ability to succeed.     

Health - Programs that provide access to health care and wellness education. 

Basic Critical Needs & Financial Stability - Programs that provide access to emergency food, rental, utility, and medical financial assistance, safe shelter, as well as programs that support employment preparation and financial self-sufficiency. 

If you meet the requirements RSVP, no later than January 22, 2024, by contacting Crystal Williams, Community Impact Director at 910-483-1179 ext. 229 or email:


Grant applications will start March 1st.

The Youth Growth Stock Grant was established in 1992, due to the late Robert Short’s concern for the well-being of the community’s youth.  United Way of Cumberland County is the trust administrator. Each year, grants are awarded to local programs, initiatives, schools and scholarships that specifically benefit Cumberland County youth.

Thank you to all applicants who submitted a grant proposal to Youth Growth Stock Trust last year.


Phase 41 WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD: March 13, 2024, at 2:00 pm

This grant is for local recipient organizations to use EFSP funds for mass shelter, mass feeding, food distribution through food pantries, food banks, and food vouchers, pass-due utility payments to prevent service disconnections, past due rent/mortgage assistance to prevent evictions and to assist people that are leaving shelters with establishing stable living conditions.  Residents in need of assistance must contact the agency directly to check for the availability of funds.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was established on March 24, 1983, with the signing of the "Jobs Stimulus Bill", Public Law 98-8.  That legislation created a National Board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency "FEMA" that consisted of representatives of the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, the Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide.

Organizations interested in applying for EFSP Phase 41 funding MUST ATTEND the Phase 41 EFSP Virtual Request for Funding Proposal Workshop that will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at 2:00 pm. For more information and eligibility criteria, please click on the Phase 41 Funding Cycle links below. 

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