Community Impact Grants

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Now Accepting Letters of Inquiry for Education Grants


United Way of Pickens County is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry for Education grants only.  Letters of Inquiry are due by October 20, 2022 by 12:00 am.

The Letter of Inquiry should describe a new program whose measurable goal is to improve 3rd grade reading in Pickens County. Letters should describe how the program meets a documented community need and does not materially duplicate services being provided by existing organizations.

Applicants are encouraged to include parental engagement and involvement in their program design and identify ways to serve underrepresented and/or marginalized populations.

Letters of Inquiry will be accepted from 501(c)3 organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and churches.

Funds can be used for any expenses related to operating the program, including salaries.  The minimum grant investment is $10,000 per program per year.  The maximum grant investment is $100,000 per program per year. Grants may be renewable for future years pending successful outcomes. 

United Way Education Impact Council volunteers will review all Letters of Inquiry. If approved, you will receive a request to submit a grant application in January 2023. As part of our participatory grant-making process, applicants will most likely be asked to meet with the Impact Council before grant submission. This process helps to ensure that program design and outcome measurements meet United Way's goals and will enable you to submit a more competitive application.

Grant funded programs will begin in July 2023.



Your Letter of Inquiry should address how your program will positively impact 3rd grade reading in Pickens County.  You will need to demonstrate measurable results and specify the population served.  Programs that involve parental engagement and make efforts to reach out to underrepresented and/or marginalized populations are encouraged.

Potential funded programs could include, but are not limited to:  after school programs, tutoring/mentoring, summer reading programs, PK-3rd grade literacy instruction, and family empowerment.

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How to Apply

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Please contact Karen Culley, 864-850-7094 x102 with any questions.