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Innovation Grants

To complement our work in providing three-year Impact Grants, United Way is building out a dynamic line of support that is nimble and responsive to immediate and emerging community needs. 


INVESTING IN INNOVATION

United Way's Innovation Grants are community investments in immediate and emerging community needs with smaller, short-term grant funding.

Innovation Grants may focus on strategic partnerships, social innovation, neighborhood support, synergy (nonprofit connections & affiliations), or crisis response. 

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Supports cross-cutting initiatives in the community, including collective impact efforts and
community collaborations.

Strategic Partnerships help our region work together on complex social issues that cannot be solved by one sector or organization alone. 

NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIPS

Provides resources to engage, organize and mobilize residents and community members in individual communities to create a shared vision, strengthen collective capacities, identify issues and priorities, and lead in creating localized change within our own community.

Neighborhood Grants provide multi-faceted, place-based support for low-income neighborhoods working to create and improve stable, thriving areas to live.

CRISIS RESPONSE

To be nimble, flexible and ready to support when
our community experiences a crisis.

Crisis Resonse grants give immediate one-time funds to organizations and groups working to support our community when a crisis occurs. 

SOCIAL INNOVATION

Catalyzes innovative solutions and cultural change efforts that support human development and stability
for the people we serve.

Social Innovation provides small, targeted grants to help social entrepreneurs attract additional funding and develop scalable advances in our core impact areas. 

SYNERGY

Helps our nonprofit partners explore connections
to improve efficiency and better serve their clients and our community.

Synergy Grants offer technical assistance and implementation support for mergers and affiliations.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP

Contact Jen Cathy, Chief Impact Officer, at Jennifer.Cathy@uwrochester.org with questions.