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For Service Providers

Donations made to United Way of Greater Nashua’s Community Impact Fund are awarded to local programs that meet our communities’ greatest needs and can demonstrate measurable results. Every three years, UWGN welcomes proposals from local non-profit service providers. Local volunteers representing United Way donors undertake a comprehensive review of proposals and make recommendations to the UWGN Board of Directors about which programs should receive funding.


Eligibility Checklist

What Does it Take to Quality for Funding from the Community Impact Fund?

  •  Have an IRS Tax Exempt Status (501c3)
  • Provide Services in Greater Nashua Region
  • Do Not Discrimminate
  • Have three years of experience serving Greater Nashua
  • Have a vision/mission that seeks to advance the common good by making measurable improvements in the lives of the people your serve
  • Have the ability to track and report measurable results toward your program goals
  • Have the willingness and desire to collaborate with United Way and other community stakeholders
  • Have a current State Certificate of Good Standing
  • Have Bylaws which include term limites for board members
  • Complete an annual audit (or accounting review if revenue is $250,000 or less
  • Comply with the US Patriot Act
  • Ready to be a partner in the LIVE UNITED Global Movement!

Make Your Services Known…Register with 211-NH

Your ability to serve our community is only as good as the ability of those in need of your services being able to find you. 211-NH is a statewide information and referral service that anyone with a need can call for free to find out about health and human service programs that can help. Sharing information about all of your programs and services with 211-NH will help the people who need you most, find you. The more detailed you are the better the referrals you will receive. Keep your programs up to date on 211-NH, Add 211nh to your mailing list and make a note to review your listing at least once per year.   TIP:  Set February 11 (2/11) as your profile update day!  Easy to Remember!  Encourage each of your program directors to review the profiles for each of your programs to make sure that ALL the resources you offer are listed with as much detail as neede to ensure our community members in need can get connected.

How to Apply for A Grant:


Each year, United Way runs a campaign for the common good.  Many companies host campaigns and generous donors pledge and make contributions.  Individual donors can choose to support an individual cause or choose to invest in the whole community by supporting the Community Impact Fund.  Local UWGN volunteers conduct a needs assessment and set priorities for funding based on United Way’s GLOBAL STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK.

Every three years, United Way has an open request for proposals (RFP) in search of 501c3 nonprofit partners that are working to address the community needs highlighted in the needs assessment in the areas of Health,  Education and Economic Mobility—what United Way considers are the building blocks of a quality life.

Volunteer panelists review proposal by impact area and make recommendations to our Board for how best to invest the available funds.  Grants are automatically renewed for up to three years based on the funds raised by the campaign and progress made toward the program goals.

Our current RFP closed in June and grants were awarded in September of 2019.  Our next 3-cycle will be open in spring of 2022.  If you would like to be notified when the process is open for applications, please email Liz Fitzgerald

E-CImpact is how we accept proposals, manage grants and collect impact data.  Click here to create or  Log in to your e-C IMPACT account.  Once You have an account, you will be able to request a copy of the 2022-25 Request for Funding proposal.  There is an orientation video and additional resources on the site under resources that can help you.

We maintain a small pool of funds to help community service providers in a jam.  Refrigerator die at your food pantry? Get a flat tire on your van?  Have an unplanned but excellent opportunity to make a difference?  Reach out we might be able to help.  To request support for your emergent need, please send a 1-page letter explaining your emergency to Liz Fitzgerald at  Requests are reviewed on a rolling basis, based on available funds.

Additionally, we facilitate the federal Emergency Food Supplemental program.  This grant is made available through US Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security in partnership the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army, and United Way Worldwide. The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, to help people with economic emergencies (not disaster-related [i.e., fires of any kind, floods, tornadoes, etc.] emergencies). EFSP funds may be used to provide economic assistance in the long term, even if the current circumstances may have been impacted by an earlier disaster occurrence. The EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping hungry and homeless people. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering) and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only.  The Local EFSP Hillsborough County Board accepts proposals annually in the spring for agencies that provide served meals, food pantry and utility assistance.  The timeframe changes slightly each year based on the Federal budgets.  The local board posts public notices in the Nashua Telegraph and the Union Leader to notify potential grantees of the opportunity.  If you would like to receive an email of the public notice, please email

For more information and to receive notices about open grant processes, please contact Liz Fitzgerald at

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