Grants

United Way of Southeast Mississippi (United Way SEMS) offers two funding opportunities to eligibile 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

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 open October 5, 2020 and will close November 13, 2020. ($5,000-$50,000)

Initiative Grant - Open

United Way SEMS Initiative grants are awarded to local community groups, organizations or nonprofits that are implementing innovative projects addressing a community need in the areas of health, education and/or financial stability. These funds are restricted to one-time expenses or short-term projects; funds are not designed to support ongoing program expenses, sponsor annual events or fund capital campaigns. (Up to $5,000) For more information and to apply, click here.