Below you will find our frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions that are not answered below, please email Courtney Etheredge at As you are completing the application, please refer to the Community Impact Application webinar training, available here.

Developmental Milestones can include a number of outcomes, but ours specifically refer to the mental, emotional and physical milestones achieved by children ages zero to five. Examples include kindergarten readiness assessments, physical achievements like climbing up and down from furniture at 2 years old, or recognition and imitation of words spoken at two years old. Agencies can use monitoring tools they have available that adequately show how their program positively impacts these developmental behaviors at given benchmarks.

Yes, but this type of program will still need to show clearly how its activities will lead to outcomes for the 16-24-year-old population.

Crisis intervention can include providing shelter and basic needs when fleeing a domestic abuse situation, offering resources for mental, emotional health crisis, and/or behavioral health crisis, or distributing meals. Disaster services refers specifically to natural disasters and/or declared emergencies.

Yes. Agencies may apply for multiple programs but can only submit one program application per focus area. This includes agency applications as part of collaborations.

We require at least one output and one outcome for tracking impact, but there is no set number beyond that.

United Way of Northeast Georgia grant requests should not exceed 20% of the applying organization’s program services expenses based on its most recent 990 or $5,000, whichever is higher. This can be found in part IX (9), Page 10, Line 25B of the Form 990. In the case of collaborations, the 20% will be based on the combined total of the collaborators program services expenses.

If it is a program that did not exist before this year, then the previous year’s actuals can be left blank. Please utilize the Notes section to explain why this is for the Grant Review Panel.

The minimum service requirement is for an agency. It requires that the agency has served one of the 12 Northeast Georgia counties for at least two years.

Funds can be used for costs associated with implementation of a program for which the agency has applied. This can include personnel, program materials/supplies, occupancy, travel, phone/internet, legal and accounting, training, insurance and whatever else is necessary for the implementation/improvement of the program and/or client outcomes.

Funding is based on an annual cycle. Agencies who have been approved for grants will begin receiving that funding January 2024. Funding will be distributed quarterly throughout the rest of 2024.

In 2024, United Way of Northeast Georgia will grant a total of $800,000. In 2023, United Way of Northeast Georgia is granting $800,000 and the average grant is about $28,000.

Yes, but they need to apply as a collaborator of that fiscal sponsor.

Yes, as well as access to your profile throughout the application process. We recommend you download the application after submitting it for your records.

For those awarded grants, quarterly updates with success stories and challenges as well as 6-month reports submitted with output and outcomes are required. If an agency does not provide these reports in a timely manner, they may not be permitted to apply in the following year.

A collaboration is when two or more nonprofits share funding and work together to achieve common outcomes in a focus area. One organization will be the lead on the collaboration and will need to be the owner of the application. Partners will be listed as part of the application process. If applying as a part of a collaboration, an agency may not apply for funding as an individual applicant in that same focus area.

Organizations that are not awarded grants should request feedback from Courtney Etheredge ( United Way of Northeast Georgia does incorporate applicant and panel feedback into the future trainings and FAQs.

Every 3 years, United Way of Northeast Georgia evaluates indicators. Every 5 years it considers changes to the Focus Areas.