Community Investments

United, we can address our community’s most pressing needs and create a lasting impact for our neighbors.

As a catalyst for social impact in East Tennessee, United Way of Greater Knoxville (UWGK) is excited to announce our 2024-2026 grant cycle. Each nonprofit organization operating in our region is a potential partner in change, and our community investment funding is dedicated to supporting and amplifying your transformative work. Grants will be awarded to organizations whose work aligns with our mission and impact priorities: Early Care and Education, Economic Mobility and Healthy Communities. We welcome all nonprofit organizations located in our service footprint (Knox, Jefferson, Claiborne, Grainger and Union counties) to participate if their activities align with our mission and impact priorities.

Learn more by reviewing our Notice of Grant Opportunity and Recorded Info Session.

Office Hours for Community Investment Process

United Way of Greater Knoxville is offering Office Hours to address questions about our Community Investment Process. If you would like to attend these virtual sessions, register by clicking on a date below. Organizations may register for more than one office hour session.

Note: Attendance is NOT required to submit an application.

Outcome Based Investment Process

Throughout the year over 230 trained volunteers work toward informed funding decisions for those United Way donations that are not specifically designated to a particular agency.
These volunteers invest a generous amount of their time visiting each of the United Way-funded programs, examining detailed financial reports, and ensuring that service providers are accountable for their overall operations.

After careful consideration, volunteers determine the most efficient use of available resources to meet local needs and responsibly invest donors’ contributions.

Agency Reports

United Way partners are asked to demonstrate how funding produces a lasting community impact in biannual reports to United Way. 

Each program funding request must include detailed information regarding its specific outcomes and their measurement. The requirement of thorough reporting is just one of the ways United Way works to uphold its commitment to donors to fund the best programs and advance the common good. 

Please contact Torrie Boggs for more information at

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Want to learn more about our grant process? Reach out to get more information.