Community Impact Funding Cycle



United Way Expands Funding Opportunities to All 501-c3 Health and Human Service Organizations


Scranton, PA (14 September 2021) – 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.

In order to have a program funded by the United Way, it must fall within one of their three priority areas.  1.) Health, providing families and individuals the opportunity to achieve optimal physical and mental health by empowering them with skills development and intervention systems.  2.) Education, providing youth and families with access to quality learning experiences that empower them to achieve personal success.  3.) 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.

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.

The following parameters have been approved to qualify interested 501-c3 health and human organizations:

  • Programs/organizations new to the United Way must first meet with Will Craven, Manager of Community Impact Funds and Peg Kopko, Vice President, Community Impact to pre-qualify their program.
  • A Letter of Intent must be completed and submitted to United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties
  • Organizational budgets of $400,000 or greater.
  • Requests are not to exceed $50,000/program.
  • Limit of two programs per organization within each United Way priority area (Health, Education, Economic Mobility).

Important dates for community impact applications:

  • September 14th: Letters of Intent will be made available to existing United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties partnering agencies to complete.
  • October 22nd: Letters of Intent submission deadline.
  • (tentative) December 3rd: Programs will be notified of approval and Request for Proposal (RFP) will be made available to approved programs.
  • February 1st: Deadline for RFP submission.
  • June 1st: Funding decisions will be sent to all organizations that have applied.
  • July 1st: Funding for approved programs will begin.

The United Way campaign runs through November 19. The funds raised will be utilized in support of all programs the Community Impact Volunteers decide on funding to further the United Way’s focus on education, economic mobility and health to create lasting changes in Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.

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