Funding Opportunities

Our 2019 Children, Youth, and their Families grant program is now closed.

Please check back for updates about our 2020 Economic Security grant program. We typically release our Request for Proposals in December and hold mandatory information sessions in January.

For more information please contact Geoff Naunheim, Community Investment Manager, at


Our funding sustains and strengthens a network of health and human services agencies and their programs addressing the most pressing regional needs in the areas of 1. Economic Security, 2. Health & Safety, and 3. Children, Youth and their Families. Each area is reviewed and funded every three years, and grants are awarded in three year terms.


UWHC funds programs that effectively identify community needs and that are designed to achieve measurable results. To be eligible for funding, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Currently provide substantive services to residents of Hampshire County, Massachusetts, with the exception of South Hadley and Granby, which are not part of the UWHC coverage area.

  • Be legally incorporated as a nonprofit charitable agency under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit agency.

  • Practice nondiscrimination with respect to employment, volunteer participation, and the provision of services on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, physical or mental disability, age, ancestry, veteran status, or any other class protected by applicable law

  • Comply with all federal and state laws and regulations concerning anti-terrorism activities

  • Be financially stable and able to submit a current/recent financial audit or audited financial statement, as well as an IRS 990 or 990EZ tax form (if required for the agency)

  • Have attended an information session.

  • Have submitted a Letter of Intent, approved by UWHC

    • Access to the LOI form is released only to agencies that have attended an informational session.

  • Current UWHC partner agencies must be up-to-date and in compliance with UWHC required reporting

  • Meet spirit and intent of funding focus statement (p.1)


  •  Hampshire County is diverse and addressing the most pressing needs can be complex. Our goal is to fund the most effective and efficient programs that address these needs, balancing crisis response, prevention and/or stabilization. We consider a diverse range of local programs. Specifically, we look at:

  • Agency and program stability: We review leadership, finances, rates of success, and potential.

  • Large and small organizations: We fund all sizes.

  • New and existing organizations: We are always open to new and innovative programs.

  •  Supporting Hampshire County, especially the most economically depressed areas (Please note that South Hadley and Granby are not part of the UWHC coverage area).

  • Multi-purpose agencies: We allow different programs from an agency to submit applications during the same funding cycle.

  • We typically award grants above $10,000, and are capped at $45,000 per year. We do fund below $10,000 per year, and the higher end is rare. The grant is for three year periods, providing the program meets requirements and performance goals.

  • We typically will not fund above 30% of a program or agency budget. We may consider a larger percentage, but you will need to provide a strong case.

  • We consider applications from multi-agency collaborations. To be considered, program activities must extend beyond routine cross-referrals and/or networking. While we encourage collaboration, it does not make your program more competitive for funding. Here are guidelines—demonstrate:

    • One agency as the lead: responsible for coordination, tracking results, reporting, and financial management

    • A plan, including meaningful and substantive joint programming with clear goals.

Non-allowable Uses of Funding

  • Capital projects and/or campaigns

  • Debt reduction

  • Academic research

  • Endowments

  • Sectarian or religious purposes

  • Support for candidates for public office or to promote a partisan cause

  • Direct support for schools and hospitals