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UWSEM COVID-19 Fund Grant

United Way for Southeastern Michigan

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $300,000

Fields of work: Community Services Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Indigenous Group, Government Entity

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Michigan: Macomb County, Oakland County, Wayne County

Location of residency: Counties in Michigan: Macomb County, Oakland County, Wayne County

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NOTE: At this time, we are not accepting new applications for funding through the COIVD-19 Community Response Fund.


For more than 100 years, United Way for Southeastern Michigan has been committed to serving the community. Through triumphs and challenges, we mobilize the caring power of our region to help people in need. As we all face growing concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19), our mission and purpose remain the same.

We are monitoring developments of this global pandemic — particularly for families in vulnerable communities in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

In our region, 44 percent of households struggle to meet their basic needs. That’s more than 681,000 households, including 165,000 with children. For many of these families, one small setback can lead to a major financial hardship. A prolonged crisis like this can be catastrophic. We’re committed to doing all we can to help those who need it most.

We know there will be serious short- and long-term impacts during this pandemic, including individuals who become sick, as well as those who are affected by business and school closures.

United Way and our partners have established the COVID-19 Fund to help ensure families in need can access health care, financial resources and other supports. Hosted by United Way in partnership with corporate, nonprofit and foundation entities, this fund will allow us to rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations that are offering emergency relief to families and individuals in need. The initial focus will be on rapid response in support of front-line agencies providing services to our most vulnerable populations.

Funds will be dispersed for three primary purposes:

  • To support community-wide collaborative efforts to close gaps in services and programs.
    • Agency collaborations, municipalities and regional institutions are invited to submit a written proposal to [email protected]
    • Proposal submitted must include name of participating organizations and lead, geographic area and target population to be served and a description of the types of services or programs that will be provided.
    • For more information, please email your questions to [email protected] 
  • To support agencies that are providing direct and crucial services during ongoing COVID-19 State of Emergency, that are facing a disruption in their normal services, seeing an increase in demand for their services or experiencing both disruption and increased demand.
  • To support faith-based groups, block clubs, neighborhood associations and small nonprofit organizations in support of grassroots efforts around distribution of quality information and other basic needs resources to community members.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Grants will be limited to $20,000 for rapid deployment of the resources and to ensure the entire region realizes benefits.
    • Community-wide efforts and regional collaborations may submit a proposal for funding up to $300,000. Funding amounts will be contingent upon availability of funds and scope of service.
  • Nonprofits, local governments, schools and other civic institutions are invited to apply.
  • Funds will be awarded to support agencies that are providing direct and crucial services during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • Funds may be used to assist agencies in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties that are facing a disruption to normal services, adapting services to meet specific needs during the COVID-19 emergency, meeting an increased demand for services, or a combination of these circumstances.


  • Unfortunately, we are not able to provide funding directly to individuals.


This page was last reviewed July 22, 2020 and last updated July 22, 2020