Our Grants Program supports direct human service programs and initiatives in United Way’s impact areas of Education, Income (or financial stability), and Health.

United Way’s three issue areas were selected because of their power to impact individuals and families through the entire life cycle. To thrive, people need to meet their basic needs and maintain good health. Throughout the school years, good health and financially stable homes breed better academic outcomes. With a good education, one is better poised for career growth and long-term financial stability. Better educated and financially stable households are also shown to be healthier. All are integrated and rely on each other to succeed.

Our goal is to create lasting changes that will help children gain the skills to succeed in school and life, help families and individuals become financially stable and independent, and help people achieve physical, mental and emotional health and well-being.



COMMUNITY INVESTMENT--United Way Direct Impact

United Way provides grant funding to a variety of programs that connect people in need with the building blocks for a stable and healthy life--education, financial stability, and health and well-being. We leverage your gift with others where it’s needed most. Your contributions stay here, directly improving lives in Benton and Lincoln County communities.

Funding decisions are driven by a diverse pool of volunteers from corporate partners, community leaders, and United Way leadership who collectively contribute nearly 2,000 hours towards the process each year.

Benton County: 14 programs at 12 agencies

2014 Direct Impact Awards - Benton

   2013 Direct Impact awards - Benton

   2012 Direct Impact awards - Benton  

Lincoln County: 7 programs at 7 agencies

2014 Direct Impact awards - Lincoln 

 2013 Direct Impact awards - Lincoln  

2012 Direct Impact awards - Lincoln  


COMMUNITY INVESTMENT--City of Corvallis Social Service Fund

Under contract to the City of Corvallis, United Way manages the allocation process for the City’s Social Service Fund (SSF). The SSF provides funding according to criteria in the Social Service Funding Policy, Council Policy 00-6.05, section 6.05.050. 

Although funding priorities differ, the same process is used for both the United Way and City SSF grant cycles. Programs awarded through the Social Service Fund cycle provide emergency or transitional services to Corvallis residents.

Twenty-seven programs at twenty agencies were funded in the 2014 cycle.

   2014 City Social Service Fund awards

   2013 City Social Service Fund awards

   2012 City Social Service Fund awards



United Way administers the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in our two-county service area.

EFSP was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies to help people with economic emergencies. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering), and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only.

United Way convenes the Local Board(s) to determine the highest need and best use of funds and to select Local Recipient Organizations (LROs) that will provide emergency food and shelter services. Priorities are assessed annually to adapt to changing community conditions and emergent needs.

Phase 30 funding:
Benton - 12 programs at 10 agencies ($28,346)
Lincoln - 8 programs at 8 agencies ($22,348)


"Serving on the granting committee for United Way in Lincoln County provided me with the opportunity to visit agencies I was not aware of previously and to become more familiar with community needs and services in areas outside Lincoln City."

Dick Anderson
Former Mayor, Lincoln City