Funding Process

The Fund Distribution process allocates the net proceeds from the annual United Way of Rockbridge campaign to maximize the resources available to local agencies by addressing the health, welfare, social service needs and childhood education in Buena Vista, Lexington and Rockbridge County.



The UWR goal is to assist agencies that serve to support our residents, as well as agencies that have programs and projects related to the UWR community impact initiative of strengthening education, beginning with early childhood.

The Allocations Committee, with the assistance of Community Reviewers, is responsible for reviewing all programs and grant requests during the fund distribution process. The Committee consists of three Board members and two Community Volunteers. The United Way President, and Executive Director are ex officio members. Committee members may serve no more than three consecutive years. All actions of this committee are subject to approval by the United Way Board of Directors.

Approximate Allocations Timeline (subject to change)
  1. Late April - Request for proposals is announced publicly
  2. Late June - Funding applications are due from agencies
  3. Throughout July - Community Volunteers review applications, visit program sites, and interview agency representatives
  4. Early August - Community Volunteers present and make funding recommendations to the Allocations Committee. The Allocations Committee evaluates recommendations and determines grant awards.
  5. Late September/early October - The UWR Board of Directors reviews the Allocation Committee decisions and funding allocations are announced!
Application Help and Forms

Agencies are encouraged to strengthen applications by demonstrating efforts and submitting programs that support early childhood development and the support of ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) households within our community. Upon receipt of application, volunteer UWR Community Reviewers visit each agency for one-on-one information gathering. This strengthens the application process and allows Community Reviewers to make enhanced recommendations to the Allocations Committee.

CHARSKE GrantsUnited Way of Rockbridge Special Grants for Non-Profits

Thanks to a generous bequest from Ellen Charske, United Way of Rockbridge funds one-time special projects or programs for 501(c)(3) area nonprofits addressing long range needs for area children or adults, including special equipment needs and/or facilities. For questions or to obtain the grant guidelines, please email or leave a message at 540-463-4482

For UWR Funding Applicants - Download application forms here:

UWR 2024 Cover Letter and Requirements

UWR 2024 Funding Application (Word)

UWR 2024 Funding Application (PDF)

UWR 2024 Statement of Understanding (PDF)

To request paper application documents please utilize our Contact Form or call (540) 463-4482.