Venture Fund

United Way’s Venture Fund provides one-time funding for health and human service projects created to enhance the quality of life in Sangamon and Menard Counties. Eligible projects must be aligned with one or more of United Way’s funding areas, which are basic needs, education, financial stability and health. Projects must be administered by a non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3). Each year, 2% of the funds raised during United Way’s Annual Campaign are allocated to the Venture Fund.

Projects seeking venture funding are evaluated by a panel of volunteers responsible for developing a recommendation for United Way’s Board of Directors.

Venture Fund applications are accepted and funding decisions are made anytime during the calendar year. For more information regarding United Way’s Venture Fund, please contact the Director of Community Impact.

Past Venture Fund Grants


Sangamon CEO Program Expansion – $30,000

Toxic Charities Conference – $5,500


Habitat for Humanity-Wheelchair Ramp Program – $20,000

ICOY-Homeless Youth Prevention Planning – $3,000

Early Learning Center Literacy Week & Family Literacy Night – $3,491.18

UIS – Alternative Spring Break – $3,450


Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference
Nonprofit Scholarships – $1,450

Grant Middle School Reads Program – $3,115.50

St. Patrick Catholic School
Preschool Expansion – $9,980


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois
Reading with Big Friends – $4,239

Springfield Community Relations Commission
Springfield Unity Summit – $3,000


Springfield Public Schools Real Men Read – $20,000

Faith Coalition for the Common Good
Education Rally – $5,000


Coordinated Access to Community Health (CATCH)
Low-Income/Uninsured Health Care Access – $16,500

Computer Banc
Computers for Homes Program – $29,500

United Way
Inaugural Day of Action (2 installments) – $3,000

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