A strong community has a system of quality partners that are available to help people

We’re proud to partner with more than 30 organizations to address community challenges and deliver programs throughout the Wabash Valley. We are here to help provide funding opportunities and resources that can make progress on our bold goal and create a stronger community.

Available Grants

The United Way of the Wabash Valley (UWWV) is soliciting proposals that will serve those in need in our community of safety net or vital emergency assistance.  While the UWWV focus is based on addressing the long-term root causes of generational poverty, we understand the basic need today to help our community. Our commitment to safety net program funding is intended to help bridge the gap for families who are struggling while we work to create lasting solutions.

Definition of Safety Net

Supporting emergency services vital to the basic needs of food, shelter & clothing.


  • Disaster response; programs that help individuals prepare for, protect against, respond to and recover from natural or man-made disasters.
  • Low-income assistance; programs that aid vulnerable, elderly or disabled individuals to help meet the basic needs of life and avoid hunger, homelessness and medical crisis.
  • Information and referral; programs that link existing community services to those in need.

This Safety Net open grant opportunity is open to any organization providing immediate and emergency assistance of vital needs such as food, shelter, and clothing in the United Way’s 6-county service area of Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo in Indiana, and Clark in Illinois.  Applicants will be allowed to apply for a maximum of $15,000 per application.  Partial funding of requests can be utilized in grant awards.

Organizations interested in submitting an application are highly encouraged to attend an orientation meeting on January 4th at 5:00 pm. RSVP to Dorothy Chambers at 812.235.6287 or [email protected]

Applications are due February 3, 2023 at 4:00 PM EST.

The UWWV Strong Neighborhood Council is seeking proposals from community organizations, service groups, and other community-based groups to conduct projects or programs involving community members and businesses to enhance the look and feel of their local neighborhoods. Projects may focus on any neighborhood in the UWWV service area that includes ALICE residents, and should be undertaken in consultation with those residents. Projects may address neighborhood beautification, neighborhood gathering spots, public safety, blight elimination, or any combination of these four categories. Examples of previously funded projects include neighborhood beautification day in Farrington’s Grove, disc golf course renovation in Forest Park, exterior lighting improvements at The Lab in Ryves, bandstand renovation at Sullivan City Park, and playground upgrades at 14th and Chestnut Community Center, among others.

The UWWV SN Impact Council has made available a total of $60,000 in funding to be provided to eligible qualifying applicants. Applicants may apply for $1,000 to $5,000 to be expended in 12 months or less from the time funding is approved.

Deadline: 4:00 pm ET, Friday, January 6, 2023

The Success By 6 Council, supported by the Natalie Pugh Memorial Professional Development fund, is looking to help fulfill the need for trained early childhood education teachers with the development of their Early Childhood Education Credential Assistance Program (CAP). This program has made $30,000 available as educational fulfillment incentives to those who complete their credential/degree program utilizing the federally funded and Indiana administered Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H) Early Childhood Scholarship Program or Illinois’s Gateways Scholarship Program. These are already funded programs that provide tuition reimbursement to students in the early childhood education field.

This United Way gap funding will be available to support individuals as an additional direct monetary incentive to complete their education and also as an incentive payment to assist the individual’s early childhood education program employer as they support their employees to help them attain their educational goals. The incentive funding will range from $500 – $1,500 based on the credential or degree type.

Students must apply before their last semester of schooling.  Check out the full details and application below for more information.

The Professional Development Grant Program, supported by the Natalie Pugh Memorial Professional Development fund, gives financial aid for attendance at continuing education programs for child care providers/early education professionals that work with children ages 0-6.

Recently Closed Grants

For access to E-CImpact in order to upload your application please contact Mark Johnson at [email protected] or 812-235-6287.

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