Spring Community Grants Cycle FAQs

Q. What grants are available during the Grants Cycle?

Pride United awards grants to local nonprofits and community agencies that provide support through programs or related initiatives that drive positive short- and/or long-term outcomes for individuals and families in the LGBTQ+ community.

Q. When is the annual Pride United Grants Cycle?

The Pride United Grants Cycle starts in March, and organizations can apply April 1-30. The Pride United Grants Committee convenes to review applications and make funding decisions in mid-May. The United Way Community Board approves the grant recommendations in late May, and the grant recipients are announced and awarded in early June.

Q. Do applying programs need to focus on promoting financial stability?

United Way of the Wine Country’s mission is to improve financial stability for all individuals and families throughout our service area. Pride United contributes to this effort by funding local trusted partners through our strategic grantmaking program; however, the definition of financial stability is broad and includes projects that drive positive outcomes regarding health, housing, safety, food insecurity, workforce training or support, and projects that advocate for systems change in general or address root causes of financial instability.

Q. Can organizations apply for multiple Pride United grants in the same cycle?

Yes! Organizations may apply to receive multiple grants from Pride United in the same grants cycle for different projects at your organization.

Q. What is the timing of the funding cycle? And must all granted funding be used during this time?

The funding cycle is July 1 of the current year to June 30 of the following year. Projects must use the entirety of their grant during the funding cycle. If a project does not use the entire granted funding in this time, organizations may request an extension. 

Q. If multiple organizations are collaborating on a project, can they submit a single application?

Yes! For collaborating organizations working on a single project, only a single application must be submitted by one of the collaborating organizations. Details of the multi-organizational project should be described under the “collaboration” prompt in the Narrative section of the application. NOTE: only the applying organization needs to provide financial documents.

Q. Who contributes to the funding for the Pride United Grants Cycle?

Pride United funds come from current and new members, including individual, corporate, and foundational donations as well as employees who donate through United Way Workplace Giving campaigns. NOTE: Funds raised until April 30 will be included in the current year’s grants fund. Funds raised after May 1 will be included in the following year’s grants cycle.