Announcing Phase One of the 2024-2025 Grantmaking Cycle

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CLEVELAND (May 22, 2023) – United Way of Greater Cleveland announced today the opening of the first phase of its 2024-2025 Grantmaking Cycle. The organization is soliciting and accepting Requests for Ideas (RFI) through Friday, June 16, from agencies across Greater Cleveland on how to best serve residents living in Cuyahoga and Geauga counties.

“At United Way, we base the framework for making our investments in grantee partners on our intention to continue to serve as a resource for community solutions that reduce the conditions that create crises in the first place and promote long-term economic equity, mobility, and resiliency,” said Ken Surratt, Chief Community Investment Officer at United Way of Greater Cleveland. “Together with our next cohort of funded agency partners, we seek to provide the necessary resources to help individuals and families succeed on their journey from poverty to prosperity.”

Additional information is available within the RFI FAQ on the United Way’s website at United Way’s Community Investment team will also host an RFI Center for Excellence Informational Session via Zoom on Friday, June 2, for all organizations interested in learning more about United Way’s Grantmaking process and timeline.

RFIs must be submitted through the United Way’s RFI Survey Monkey Form by 5 p.m. on June 16, as no other form of submission will be accepted. United Way accepts one funding request per agency during each Grantmaking Cycle. A proposal may include a request for up to $250,000 in funding annually over the two-year cycle. Contractual agreements with grantee partner organizations selected by United Way can be renewed in the second year based on agency performance and United Way’s total workplace campaign funds raised.

 2023 Grantmaking Process Timeline

  • May 22               Request for Ideas announced and Survey Monkey Tool available for applicant submissions
  • June 2                RFI Center for Excellence Informational Zoom Session at 9:30 a.m.
    (session recorded with a replay to post on
  • June 5                RFI Center for Excellence Q&A Session (full details will post on
  • June 16            RFI Survey Monkey due by 5 p.m.
  • July 10                Notification of Request for Full Proposals
  • September 6     Full Applications due in eC-Impact by 5 p.m.
  • October             Finalist interviews
  • November         Funding decision made
  • December          United Way announces grantee partners


  • January:             Funding Cycle Begins

In December 2021, United Way announced the 16 grantee partner agencies in Cuyahoga and Geauga counties selected for the 2022-2023 funding cycle, awarding $2.4 million in grants yearly.


About United Way of Greater Cleveland
United Way of Greater Cleveland was founded in 1913 and is a local, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting poverty across the Greater Cleveland area. United Way invests in efforts that address poverty using a two-pronged approach. The first prong focuses on the daily issues affecting those living in poverty. The second drives research and innovation, identifying long-term solutions to break the cycle of poverty. For more information, visit and


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