Grants

United Way of Southeast Mississippi (United Way SEMS) offers two funding opportunities to eligible non-profits, community groups and organizations serving populations in Forrest, Lamar, Marion and Perry counties. Grants are available for projects and programs that are improving lives through education, financial stability or healthy living, specifically those that are meeting goals and outcomes outlined in United Way SEMS's strategic plan. View United Way SEMS's goals.

Partner Agency Grant - Closed for 2021-2022 Cycle

United Way SEMS Partner Agency funds are utilized to address specific community needs in the areas of health, financial stability, education and support services. Funding is applicable to established and specific programs operated by high-performing nonprofit organizations. Applications are available on an annual basis in the areas of health, financial stability and support services; education applications are on a two-year funding cycle. Grant applications can be found here. ($5,000-$50,000)

Who can apply for a Partner Agency Grant?

In order to be eligible to receive United Way SEMS funding, the applying agency must meet the following criteria:

  • Provide services to Forrest, Lamar, Marion, and/or Perry counties
  • Be a registered charity and incorporated
  • Have a volunteer board of directors or advisory council
  • Been in operation for at least (1) year