Focused Care Areas:

Serving Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties in Central Pennsylvania.

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Allocation Process/Funding:

United Way of the Capital Region's (UWCR) allocation process helps us fund programs and services that are needed in our community. Programs and services receiving UWCR funding have an established history of addressing identified needs and being highly effective. Program/service funding is offered on an annual basis.

Agencies offering programs and services are admitted to the allocation process following a complete analysis by a citizen-review panel. The panel makes recommendations on agencies to United Way’s Board of Directors. Generally, prospective programs and services are those that have received United Way funding for a number of years through other funding streams. Admission to the annual allocation process is granted indefinitely; however, the admission does not guarantee a specific level of funding or continued funding of any specific program or service. UWCR uses e-CImpact for all funding applications. Please note:  only organizations invited specifically by UWCR may apply for this funding.  To apply for funding, visit UWCR's e-CImpact site.

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 UWCR'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 UWCR through its existing package of services. Community Response Fund Grants are provided for a term of one year (April 1, 2014 -March 31, 2015), after which the need for the program and the provider’s performance will be evaluated. UWCR may extend or decline further funding at its discretion. No continued commitment of funding is promised or implied. The maximum cap for these grants has been set at $50,000. This year, the Community Response Funding is being underwritten by a generous contribution from Highmark Blue Shield.

View the 2013-2014 Community Response Fund grants.

Funding Priorities for 2014-2015:

United Way of the Capital Region’s Community Impact Committee recommends the following priorities for the 2014/2015 Community Response Fund:

Education and Life Transitions:

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.

Family Economic Stability:

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.).

Health Care:

Additional and expanded services that provide area residents greater access to health care is 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.Applying for Community Response Fund Grants:

Organizations that indicate their interest in submitting an application will be notified when a decision is made regarding their preliminary funding request. Those organizations, whose program ideas are accepted, will be asked to complete a full application and will be granted access to our automated proposal system.

All applications must be submitted using UWCR’s e-CImpact automated proposal system. Instructions on the use of the system are available on our web site. If your organization is interested in applying for UWCR Community Response Funding, please submit your pre-application by using UWCR's e-Cimpact site.

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



For more information on applying, contact Susan Wokulich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 717.732.0700.

If you would like to receive a written notice when applications are being accepted in the future, please provide your mailing address to Susan Wokulich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling 717.732.0700.

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