Funding Opportunities

The United Way system is a unique approach to identifying community needs and funding programs that target local issues to influence measurable positive change.

United Way of Fort Smith Area
120 North 13th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901

For questions or further information, please contact Angie Ruth, Director of Finance and Administration, at 479-782-1311 or by e-mail.

Non-profit organizations are eligible to receive funds in 3 ways:


  • Community Impact Grants: available for specific programs that align with the United Way Impact Areas. Programs receiving funding must be measured by the recipient. Grant RFP time lines, available funding and Impact areas receiving funds vary from year to year. Please check with the United Way President regarding this process.

  • Response Fund Grants: available for emerging or emergency needs. These grants are given on a one-time basis and available throughout the year as needed.

  • Year-Round Community Partner: formally known as a United Way Participating Agency. Year-round partners receive an annual allocation from United Way and automatically submit funding requests each year to United Way. Request for funds are due in January each year. If approved, funding will begin during the next calendar year.