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Community Investments Program for Nonprofit Organizations (Florida)


United Way Suncoast (UWS) is seeking applications from nonprofit organizations to receive funding for programs in the focus areas of early learning, financial stability, and youth success with an emphasis on the priority population, ALICE.

Donor Name: United Way Suncoast

State: Florida

Counties: DeSoto County (FL), Hillsborough County (FL), Manatee County (FL), Pinellas County (FL), Sarasota County (FL)

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 12/15/2021

Size of the Grant: $30,000 to $150,000

Grant Duration: 3 Years


The investment streams are open to any eligible human services agency and are competitive. By investing in community partners with their own individual and innovative approaches to supporting ALICE households, the goal is to create a collective impact on the success of children, youth, adults and families.

There are six available funding streams across our five-county footprint. Each funding stream is linked to strategic initiatives of UWS. The available streams are:

  • Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties
    • Early Learning Investment Stream
    • Financial Stability Investment Stream
    • Youth Success Investment Stream
  • Manatee County
    • Early Learning Investment Stream
  • Sarasota and DeSoto Counties
    • Early Learning Investment Stream
    • Financial Stability Investment Stream

Funding Information

Funding will be provided to qualifying programs for up to three years, contingent on program performance and continued availability of funds, and is expected to range from $30,000 to $150,000 annually (~average of $75,000). Funding will begin on July 1, 2022.

Geographic Focus

To be eligible for funding through the UWS Community Investment, your program must serve one or more of our county regions:

  • Pinellas/Hillsborough
  • Manatee
  • Sarasota/DeSoto

Who can apply for funding?

  • The 2022 UWS Community Investment is open to nonprofit organizations serving the Suncoast region of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota and Desoto Counties – more information regarding specifics of geographic focus and populations to be served can be found below.
  • Please note that if you have a program that, for example, operates in both Manatee and Hillsborough, you will have to submit two separate applications for funding consideration in each region. However, if your program serves two counties already grouped together by stream (eg, Sarasota and DeSoto), you will only submit one.
  • To ensure the viability and sustainability of the proposed programs, the applicant organization must:
    • Have 501c3 status, or have an established 501c3 organization serving as fiscal agent
      • 501c3 documentation will be required to submit the LOI
    • Have at least one full time staff member
    • Have been in operation for at least three years
    • Partner organizations may apply as a collaborative venture with one serving as the fiscal sponsor of the project.

For more information, visit Community Investment Program.

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