Focused Care Areas:

Serving Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties in Central Pennsylvania.

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At the forefront of United Way’s mission is a commitment to address the emerging needs of our community. To help do this, United Way of the Capital Region created the Community Response Fund, a grant program geared toward pressing community issues.

Community Response Fund Grants:

Community Response Fund Grants fund programs and services offered by non-profit health and human service agencies that meet priority needs, as established by United Way of the Capital Region's Board of Directors. The Community Response Fund was established to fund programs that address priority human service needs in Eastern Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties not currently addressed by United Way of the Capital Region through its existing package of services. Community Response Fund Grants are provided for a term of one year (April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016), after which the need for the program and the provider’s performance will be evaluated. United Way may extend or decline further funding at its discretion. No continued commitment of funding is promised or implied. The availability of funding for this process is dependent upon funds raised through United Way of the Capital Region’s 2014 Annual Campaign.

View the 2014-2015 Community Response Fund grants.

Funding Priorities for 2015-2016:

United Way of the Capital Region’s Community Impact Committee recommends the following priorities for the 2015/2016 Community Response Fund:

Health Care:
Additional and expanded services that provide area residents greater access to health care are a priority in our community. Programs considered under this category include: behavioral health services (including drug and alcohol services); physical health care services; prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases; and access to prescription medications and medical supplies.

Basic Needs and Income:
Many area residents struggle to meet the most basic needs for themselves and their families. They may lack essential life and job skills needed to achieve success. Programs that address the following issues will be considered for funding under this category: basic needs (food, shelter, clothing, heating and utility assistance, etc.); stable housing; workforce development and employment; improving family income; and programs that help families attain life skills needed to achieve family and economic stability (budgeting, financial literacy, workplace etiquette, etc.).

Programs that support individuals to successfully navigate every life stage will be considered for funding under this area. Programs that help students achieve educational milestones and improve graduation rates (including mentoring, tutoring and early childhood programs), as well as programs that focus on reducing truancy are of particular interest. Programs that help adults prepare for a successful retirement and to age in place will also be considered.

Applying for Community Response Fund Grants:

Applicant organizations must possess 501(c)(3) status as a charitable non-profit organization, as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. 501(c)(3) status must be in effect at the time the application is submitted. United Way of the Capital Region does not provide funding for capital expenditures (bricks, mortar, vehicles or other large equipment purchases) through the Community Response Fund process. Applications requesting funds for these purposes will not be considered.

All applications must be submitted using United Way of the Capital Region’s e-CImpact automated proposal system. Instructions on the use of the system are available at the instruction link below. If your organization is interested in applying for Community Response Funding, please submit your application by using United Way of the Capital Region's e-CImpact site.

View instructions on how to apply online for the Community Response Fund.

For more information on applying or questions about the grant process, please contact Susan Wokulich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 717.724.4054.


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