Community Impact Funding Priorities

Community Impact

United Way of Central West Virginia awards grants to nonprofit agencies located in Kanawha, Putnam, Logan, Clay, Boone, and Braxton counties. The funded programs must address one of four broad-based community impact areas: Education, Health, Financial Stability and Safety Net.

2023-2024 Funding Priorities


  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Affordable mental health and trauma care
  • Affordable health and dental care and prescription medication
  • Nutrition, fitness and healthy lifestyle habits

Financial Stability

  • Personal financial management
  • Vocational/trade school or other employment skills training
  • Dependable child care/adult care for employment
  • Grandparent/kinship care
  • Access to transportation


  • Affordable quality day care
  • Reducing truancy and graduating high school on time
  • After-school and extracurricular activities for youth
  • Education for low-income adults
  • Higher education tuition assistance

 Safety Net

  • Shelter/emergency beds/services including transitional housing assistance
  • Domestic violence and child abuse services
  • Access to healthy food and/or meals
  • Affordable, quality permanent housing assistance
  • Senior assistance including home modifications 



How the Funding Process Works

United Way of Central WV's funding decisions are made through an annual competitive application process in order to direct grant funding to high-performing programs that are the most closely aligned with United Way's impact areas: education, health, financial stability and safety net (basic needs).   Citizen Review Teams, made up of trained community volunteers, review the Community Impact Grants, conduct site visits and make fund allocation recommendations to United Way's Board of Directors.  The Board is responsible for all final funding decisions.  Organizations receiving funds are accountable for the responsible use of those funds and must file must file mid-year and final reports measuring their service impact.

For more information, contact Community Investment Director Katharina Fritzler at 304.340.3521