Contingency Fund


The United Way of Portage County is committed to supporting and moving forward the community priorities established in the most recent LIFE Report. These areas of focus include the aging population, financial stability, mental health, and basic needs. The Vision Council, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors, using their discretion, may define other circumstances under which such grants could be distributed.


The purpose of the Community Impact Contingency Fund is to provide off-year funding grants designed to assist member programs with unexpected expenses that were unforeseen and outside the current two-year funding cycle. This type of expense would typically be associated with a one-time expense and would generally not be ongoing. Grants from this fund shall not be used for the purchase of real estate and buildings. 


In order to apply for funds, the proposal must be from a currently funded United Way of Portage County member agency program. The Community Impact Contingency Fund grant request must be used to meet an immediate community need, must demonstrate a research/evidence based approach to program success including clearly defined outcomes and measurable results. Grant proposals will be accepted and reviewed quarterly beginning, July 1, October 1, January 1, April 1, unless the fund dollars are expended prior to the start of the next quarter.

All agencies making requests for grants from the Community Impact Contingency Fund must submit this application and revised itemized budget showing documented need. Application forms are to be submitted to the Director of Community Impact for screening and processing.


The Director of Community Impact will discuss with the Executive Director and then refer the Community Impact Contingency Fund requests to the Vision Council. The requesting Agency may be asked to make a presentation to the Vision Council who will submit their recommendation to the Executive Committee, which shall make the final decision, unless it determines that the request should be acted on by the Board of Directors.