United Way envisions a thriving, caring region where individuals have opportunities to realize their potential, are economically self-sufficient, and contribute collectively to improve the quality of life in their communities.
UWPV focuses its grant-making in support of:
- Youth Development: Increasing the number of young people that graduate from high school with a 21st century education ready for success in college, career, and life
- Financial Literacy: Increasing the ability of working individuals and families to close the gap between what they earn and economic self-sufficiency as defined by the MA Self-Sufficiency index
- Basic Needs: Assisting people of all ages with short-term housing, food, and fuel assistance as a result of loss of employment, emergency, or other short-term need
- Information Referral: Providing access to 24-hour resource Mass2-1-1 for information on childcare, housing, utility assistance, and other human service needs, plus access to Call2Talk for mental health support and suicide prevention.
These investments are targeted to organizations, programs, services, and initiatives that demonstrate meaningful and measurable results intended to improve lives and create lasting change. Outcome measures have been established and UWPV’s community partners report on a semi-annual basis on progress toward meeting these objectives.
Grant opportunities available through United Way of Pioneer Valley
Community Impact Grant Program
Multiple year funding of community programs, services, and initiatives in support of Basic Needs, Youth Development, and Financial Wellness. These grants are targeted to specific community outcomes and indicators and are available through a competitive Request for Proposal process.
Basic Needs Grant Program
Basic Needs Grants are intended to fund and support basic emergency services in housing, food, and fuel assistance to assist individuals and families facing a short-term need. Grants are made through a competitive Request for Proposal process as funds permit.
Community Initiatives Fund
The UWPV Board of Directors has set aside funds in support of pro-active community initiatives that are aligned with the UWPV Community Impact agenda. These funds are available by invitation and are targeted to specific outcomes and indicators that can demonstrate measureable results.
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