Small Grant Application

 2020 APPLICATION DEADLINE:  MAY 1st, 4:00pm. 

Questions should be directed to Keri Olson at 815-284-3339 or kolson@uwleeco.org

The United Way of Lee County small grant program will make awards of up to $3,000 per year to a non-profit organization serving the Lee County area based upon the submission of a simple one-page application form.


  • Applicants must be engaged in the work of Health and Safety, Education, basic needs and/or Income Stability. Their program or project should outline measurable goals and objectives and show the benefit to Lee County.
  • They must be a governmental agency program, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, or start-up organizations with evidence of having initiated the process of filing for a 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS.
  • Applicants should apply for the amount needed, and will be asked to substantiate that the amount requested is the amount needed. In no case should the amount requested exceed $3,000.
  • Grant recipients may need to file written a report 90 days after the receipt of the grant.
  • Grant recipients may not directly solicit donations or sponsorships in Lee County for this program or project during the United Way of Lee County blackout period. (Currently September 1st – November 15th).
  • Small grants will be paid out in January 2021.
  • Small grants will not be awarded to current year or prospective United Way Partner Agencies. Although current or prior United Way Partner Agencies wishing to apply for this grant only in the current year, will be allowed.
  • Small grants will be reviewed and approved by the board of directors during the June 2020 board meeting and recipients will be notified by the Executive Director July 2020.
  • Small grants will not be awarded for event sponsorships. These funds are to be used for a specific program.

* A link to a pdf of your entries will be emailed to you after submission. But you can click below to print the screen at any time.

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