Funded Partners



The following is a list of board-approved agencies that will receive funding during the July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022 fiscal year. We make our external agency investments in two main ways: a competitive grants process and requests for proposals to support the community school strategy through Hubs of Service Contracts. You will find all agencies, receiving grant or contract support below.

Community Schools | Hubs Of Service Contracts - $545,000

  • Access Family Services - Mental Health Support
  • Asheville City Schools Foundation/In Real Life
  • Blue Ridge Health - School-Based Health Clinics
  • Center for Relational Practices - Restorative Practices

2020-2021 Competitive Grant Recipients-- $909,452

  • All Souls Counseling Center
  • American Red Cross
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC
  • Bountiful Cities
  • CARING for Children
  • Children First/Communities in Schools
  • Council on Aging of Buncombe County
  • Eliada Homes
  • Girls on the Run
  • Green Opportunities
  • Haywood Street Congregation
  • Helpmate
  • Homeward Bound
  • Housing Authority of the City of Asheville
  • Irene Wortham Center
  • Just Economics
  • Literacy Together
  • MANNA Foodbank
  • MemoryCare
  • Mountain Child Advocacy Center
  • Mountain Housing Opportunities
  • OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling
  • Our VOICE
  • Pisgah Legal Services
  • Read to Succeed
  • The Mediation Center
  • Verner Center for Early Learning
  • WNC Aids Project
  • WNC Community Health Services
  • YMCA of WNC
  • YWCA of Asheville

Other Contracts and Equity Support - $79,385

  • Success Equation - Advocacy
  • WNC Nonprofit Pathways - to build and strengthen skill base in local nonprofits
  • Buncombe Partnership for Children - Kindergarten Readiness

Funding Priorities

How do we prioritize which agencies can get funding? We are committed to supporting the education, financial stability and health of our community and support organizations that do so too. Within each of those three categories, we prioritize organizations that work toward one or more of the following community-level goals in one or more categories.



  • Children from birth to kindergarten attend high-quality, affordable early care and education programs.
  • Youth strengthen the social and basic life skills they need for success.
  • Parents, caregivers and the community increase their support of the academic success of all children.
  • Children performing below grade level increase their basic academic skills.
  • Students with disabilities or special needs have diverse educational options.
  • Parents and caregivers enhance their support of the development of children from birth to kindergarten

Financial Stability

  • People in crisis or with ongoing needs have increased access to and use of public and private services that provide basic needs assistance.
  • People increase their vocational, language and literacy skills.
  • More workers earn a living wage.
  • People increase their capacity to move out of a financial crisis.
  • People increase skills to manage financial resources and build stability.
  • Low-income households have increased options for affordable and safe housing


  • People and the community increase their power to prevent violence and abuse.
  • People experiencing trauma from violence or abuse increase their likelihood of recovery.
  • People have increased awareness of and opportunities for wellness, prevention and early detection.
  • Children, families and those at risk of poor health increase their physical activity and healthy eating.
  • Seniors and people with disabilities have the support they need to remain independent and in good health.
  • People increase use of effective primary, behavioral and dental health care regardless of ability to pay.

Remember, when you give to United Way’s Community Investment Fund you are joining forces with others by supporting ALL of these agencies listed below AND you are supporting United Way’s own programs: 24/7 information and referral services through NC 2-1-1, our community's volunteer center Hands On Asheville-Buncombe and Community Schools. This is the power of United Way!

While most donors choose to give directly to United Way (the Community Investment Fund), others choose to designate their gift. Designated gifts can go to any 501(c)(3) and we will direct the give to that organization for you. Keep in mind that if you are making a gift of $1,000 or more and would like to be counted as a Leadership Giver, and want to designate, you will need to choose from one of our funded programs. Questions? Call us at (828) 255-0696.