Our Grantmaking Process | Orange County United Way

Our Grantmaking Process

FACE 2024

Since 1924, United Way has directed resources toward supporting nonprofits dedicated to improving lives and strengthening the community by focusing on the building blocks for a good quality of life: Education, Income, Health and Housing. In 10 years, Orange County United Way will reach our 100th anniversary and we have honed our focus further in support of achieving bold goals in these core areas by 2024.

FACE 2024 is United Way’s 10-year plan to bring the community together to help the next generation of Orange County children succeed by ensuring every youth receives a high-quality and relevant education, enhancing the financial stability of our local families, teaching them how to be healthy and ensuring they have access to stable housing. In doing so, by 2024, we will have rewritten our community’s future and can enjoy a stronger, healthier and more vibrant Orange County.

Over the next decade, we will work to support programs and community efforts aimed at getting us to the FACE 2024 goals: cutting the local high school dropout rate in half (from 9.5 % to 5%); reducing the percentage of financially unstable families by 25%; increasing the number of healthy youth in Orange County by one-third (cutting childhood obesity from 34.5% to 20%); and cutting the number of homeless and housing-insecure children by half (from 6% to 3%).

See below for information on available grant opportunities organized based on Impact and/or Priority Area:

Grants are open to all interested tax-exempt organizations organizations (e.g. cities, school districts, public libraries, community colleges, faith-based, etc.) that meet specified guidelines.


United Way established the Safety-Net Fund to address the unmet needs of Orange County’s most vulnerable populations.

United Way is seeking proposals from organizations demonstrating success and expertise in assisting resource-limited individuals and families. Many are transient or live with special circumstances or challenges stemming from disability, displacement, domestic violence or drug and alcohol abuse. United Way grant programs do not provide funds directly to individuals.

Specifically, United Way is interested in providing support for proposals that demonstrate both a comprehensive grasp of the complex needs in at least one of the target populations/priority areas listed below:

  • Senior Citizens
  • Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
  • Uninsured Orange County Residents
  • Veterans

Below is important information on important dates and deadlines:

  • Proposal System Open: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - https://agency.e-cimpact.com/login.aspx?org=05430F
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, June 3, 2016 by 5 p.m. PST
  • Award Notification: On or before Monday, June 20, 2016
  • Grant Award Period: September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017

Download this PDF for details and instructions on successful completion and submission of the 2016-2017 Safety Net Fund RFP.

Please contact Carol Kim, Manager of Grants and Evaluation at (949) 263-6121 or via email at carolk@unitedwayoc.org if you have any questions.

Thank you for your commitment to improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of Orange County to strengthen our community.