Grant Applications

The United Way facilitates the City of Wilson Non-Profit Community Impact Grant annually. Volunteers from our community make funding recommendations for this grant opportunity. To become volunteer for the Community Impact Grant please email

Applicants must be Wilson County, NC nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in good standing. 

The Grant applications are open annually from May 1 – 31.  Please understand that grants are not awarded to every applicant and not all grants can be fulfilled at the amount of the request.

Returning Funded Agencies


Returning Funded Agencies Receiving $1,500 or more – Previously funded 501(c)(3) organizations who are currently providing programs and services in Wilson NC and have been granted no less than $1,500 from the City of Wilson's Non-Profit Community Impact Grant within the last 3 funding cycles - Click HERE

Returning Funded Agencies Receiving $1,500 or less or Requesting $1,500 or less - Previously funded 501(c)(3) organizations who are currently providing programs and services in Wilson NC and who have been awarded funding within the last 3 years may apply for the $500-$1,500 Mini Grant.- Click HERE 


First Time Requests for Funding - Must be a 501(c)(3) with a consecutive 3-year proven history of providing human service programs in Wilson NC. Your agency must provide your most recent 990 and be registered with  ($500 request maximum) 

New applicants may apply for the City of Wilson Mini Grant if they are 501 (c)(3) organizations in good standing serving Wilson NC with a 3 year proven history of providing human service programs.  

Click HERE for the Mini Grant – City of Wilson Nonprofit Community Impact Grant $500 request maximum. Funds are not granted for start-up organizations, events, festivals or fundraisers. 

Partner Agency Grant Click HERE 

2024 Application Now Open

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was established on March 24, 1983, with the signing of the “Jobs Stimulus Bill,” Public Law 98-8. That legislation created a National Board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that consisted of representatives of the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army, and United Way Worldwide. The EFSP was authorized under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (P.L. 100-77 signed into law on July 24, 1987, since renamed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and subsequently reauthorized under P.L. 100- 628, signed into law on November 7, 1988). Since 1983 the EFSP will have distributed $4.4 billion to over 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the country.

To be considered for funding, an organization must:

  • Be a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization in good standing and listed in Candid or a government agency
  • Have a checking account and sign up for EFT 
  • Have a federal employer identification number or EIN
  • Have a UEI established 12 digit number 
  • A one-year history of documented, supportive evidence of your organization’s efforts at providing assistance with food, shelter, etc., as may be covered by this program.
  • Practice nondiscrimination. Agencies with a religious affiliation wishing to participate in the program must not refuse services to an applicant based on religion or require attendance at religious services as a condition of assistance, nor will such groups engage in any religious proselytizing in any program receiving EFSP funds
  • Have a voluntary board if private and not-for-profit
  • Agency’s most recent annual audit and total operating budget
  • Volunteer Board of Directors

    Click Here EF&SP Application Deadline Closed


    Wilson County EF&SP Application Contact – Kathy Berni United Way of Wilson County Resource Development Director

The COVID-19 Relief Grant Application. Please email to: Requests must be $2,500 or less and must be submitted by a valid 501 (c) (3) Non Profit Agency. Click HERE for application.

To our Wilson County Non-Profit Agencies:

The United Way Disaster Relief Fund Team is reviewing applications for Disaster Relief Reimbursement.  501 (c) (3) organizations serving people who have been affected by a natural disaster may submit an expense reimbursement request to via email. The recovery process will be a long process, so please keep in contact with the United Way on your financial needs. We are only reimbursing organizations that are providing services to those receiving assistance after a disaster.  

The Disaster Relief Fund is here to help all disaster relief organizations that do not have disaster relief funds available, but who are providing assistance to Wilson County residents.

We are reviewing reimbursement expenses for aid to Hurricane  victims – lodging, food, clothing, repairs, clean-up… where FEMA was not able to assist. Documentation will be requested prior to reimbursement, nonprofits must have a 501 (c)(3) active status and a certified audit.

Thank you for all that you are doing to assist those in need.