Program Funding

Guided By Community

We invest in a strong, balanced portfolio of high-quality programs that provide services, resources and opportunities across our community. 

We are – and will always be – a volunteer-led organization. United Way volunteers live, work and play throughout the community we serve. Our Community Impact Team of highly engaged citizen volunteers review and evaluate applications, and make Program Funding recommendations. Our Community Investment Committee oversees and directs these and all other investments. Ultimately, their work is vetted, voted and approved by our volunteer Board of Directors. 

Volunteers reviewed more than 100 funding applications during our last review cycle.

Volunteers reviewed more than 100 funding applications during our last review cycle.

In 2018, we began a new three-year grant cycle for our funded programs.

This was our decision-making process:

  1. Local nonprofits were invited to respond to our Notice of Funding Opportunity.

  2. Applicants submitted letters of interest, then were invited to apply if they met funding and selection criteria.

  3. Programs were selected for funding based on a number of criteria, including alignment with our 5 Key Strategies.

  4. Community volunteers reviewed 100+ funding applications and made recommendations to a special volunteer selection committee.

  5. Our Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the new funding portfolio, which serves all communities across our three counties.


Funded Programs

Download a full report about our program investments.


Burlington Children’s Space (Burlington Children’s Space) 

Adult Day (Care Partners Adult Day Center, Inc.)

Early Childhood (The Greater Burlington YMCA)

Child Protection Teams (KidSafe Collaborative) 

Early Childhood/Afterschool (King Street Center) 

Adoption Services (Lund) 

Children’s Services (Lund) 

Preschool (Sara Holbrook Community Center)

Teen Program (Sara Holbrook Community Center) 

Nurturing Parent Program (Prevent Child Abuse Vermont) 


Step into Work, Employment Readiness for Women (Vermont Works for Women) 

Project Integration (AALV) 

Way 2 Work (Champlain Community Services) 

Career Connections & Project Hire (Howard Center)

Workforce Development (ReSource)


Grand Isle County Mentoring 

Watershed Mentoring (Franklin Co. Caring Communities) 

First Call for Chittenden County (Howard Center) 

Integrated Outpatient Services (Howard Center) 

Street Outreach (Howard Center) 

Riverstone Counseling (Spectrum Youth & Family Services) 

Connecting Cultures (VT Psychological Services) 


Drug Abuse Prevention (Boys & Girls Club of Burlington) 

DREAM Village Mentoring (The DREAM Program) 

Low Barrier Intervention (Howard Center) 

Teen Futures & Junior Senior Buddy (King Street Center) 

Community Substance Use Disorder Treatment (Lund) 

Recovery Peer Support (Turning Point, Chittenden Co.) 

Support Staffing (Turning Point, Franklin Co.) 



Family Shelter (Committee on Temporary Shelter) 

Housing Retention Services (Burlington Housing Authority) 

Housing Assistance (CVOEO) 

Housing First (Pathways Vermont, Inc.) 

The Landing Short-Term Housing for Homeless Youth (Spectrum Youth & Family Services) 

HomeShare (HomeShare Vermont)

Samaritan House (Samaritan House Inc.) 


C.I.D.E.R. Neighbor Meals (Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources) 

Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf (CVOEO) 

Franklin Grand Isle Community Action/Northwest Family Foods (CVOEO) 

Sheldon Food Shelf 

Intervale Gleaning and Food Rescue (Intervale Center) 

Food Program (King Street Center)

MFCC Food Shelf (Milton Family Community Center) 

Vermont Commodity Program (Salvation Farms) 

Nutrition Program (Franklin County Senior Center)

Meals on Wheels (Age Well)


Dental Access Program (Community Health Centers of Burlington) 

Adult Home Health (The University of Vermont Home Health & Hospice) 

Family and Children’s Services, Home Visiting Program (The University of Vermont Home Health & Hospice) 

Hospice and Palliative Care Services (The University of Vermont Home Health & Hospice)


C.I.D.E.R. Transportation (Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources)