Community Impact Funding Cycle


The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties is excited to announce they are expanding their reach within Lackawanna and Wayne Counties to all qualified 501-c3 health and human service organizations.

“The United Way needs to be more adaptable to the needs of the community, not just the issues that exist at this time, but for the needs that will one day exist in the future,” noted Dr. Patricia Dunleavy, Volunteer Chair Community Impact for the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.

Inspired by the everchanging landscape of community needs in the wake of the pandemic, the United Way’s community impact volunteers all agreed it was time to update, expand and welcome a broader range of organizations to it’s funding cycle.  “Opening up to a more diverse group of organizations will help broaden our reach and impact in the community,” added Gary Drapek, President and CEO of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.

In order for your program to apply for funding, your agency must meet the following criteria:

  • Programs/Organizations must be a 501-c3 health and human organization
  • Organizations wishing to apply for funding must have organizational budgets of $400,000 or more
  • Your program must fall within (1) of (3) identified United Way Priority Areas:
    • Economic Mobility: stabilizing families and individuals during time of crisis and empowering them with skills and knowledge in order to build long-term financial resilience.
    • Education: providing youth and families with access to quality learning experiences that empower them to achieve personal success.
    • Health: providing families and individuals the opportunity to achieve physical and mental health by empowering them wit skills development and intervention systems.

If your agency meets the criteria and would like to complete a Letter of Intent (LOI) you must set up a meeting with William Craven, Manager of Community Impact Funds and Peg Kopko, Vice President, Community Impact to pre-qualify your program.


William Craven, Manager of Community Impact Funds

570.347.1267 x226

Email William Craven


Peg Kopko, Vice President, Community Impact

Email Peg Kopko


Important dates for community impact applications:

  • September 14th, 2021, Agencies may begin applying for the Letters of Intent (LOI), or if not already funded by United Way, agencies can email William Craven and Peg Kopko to setup a meeting to discuss programs which you would like to apply for funding.
  • October 22nd, 2021, Deadline for agencies to submit LOI.
  • December 3rd, 2021, Programs will be notified of approval and Request for Proposal (RFP) will be made available to approved programs.
  • February 1st, 2022,  Deadline for RFP submission.
  • June 1st,  Funding decisions will be announced to all organizations that have applied for funding.
  • July 1st, 2022, Funding for approved programs will begin.

For more information on the 2021-2022 funding cycle, please contact Will Craven,, 570.343.1267 x226