|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. The process for fund management and distribution is outlined in our Venture Fund Policies.
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
Grant Middle School Reads Program – $3,115.50
St. Patrick Catholic School
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois
Springfield Community Relations Commission
Springfield Public Schools Real Men Read – $20,000
Faith Coalition for the Common Good
Coordinated Access to Community Health (CATCH)