United Way of Central Indiana Opens Social Innovation Fund Grant Process

INDIANAPOLIS – United Way of Central Indiana is now accepting letters of interest for grants through its Social Innovation Fund, a new funding approach to test innovative ideas, methods, programs and projects to deliver measurable and scalable impact on our community.


The fund, which will grant $500,000 for this fiscal year, is seeking letters of interest from any 501(c)3 organization whose mission aligns with United Way’s efforts to end poverty in Central Indiana.


“Social innovation provides the next generation of leaders and problem solvers the opportunity to make vibrant, sustainable impact on our region,” said Alan Bacon, Social Innovation Fund senior director. “With the ideation, development, and support of solutions from a diverse array of industries and communities, the time is now to lead an initiative that will accelerate the way we fight poverty in Central Indiana.”


Funding for projects in this initiative range from $10,000 to $100,000 and will serve individuals in United Way’s six-county region, including Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion, and Morgan counties. The fund will also create opportunities for partners and community members to collaborate on ideas. All proposed ideas are welcome but should be limited to one idea that addresses at least one of eight focus areas that envelop critical aspects of social innovation, which include:


  1. Safe and affordable housing access and retention
  2. Healthy food access
  3. Physical, mental & behavioral health services access
  4. Transportation access
  5. Educational success
  6. Workforce development and economic assets
  7. Social capital
  8. Health and well-being


Letters of interest for the Social Innovation Fund will be accepted until August 30, 2019, with the application process expected to begin in mid-September. Ideas, approaches, programs, and projects that are selected for the Fund will be announced in December.


View the letter of interest guidelines or check out our blog for a list of frequently asked questions about United Way’s Social Innovation Fund.


About United Way of Central Indiana: United Way is a community of donors, advocates, volunteers, and partners who fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. United Way invites all members of our community to LIVE UNITED by giving, advocating and volunteering to improve lives in Central Indiana. Visit www.uwci.org to learn more.