Community Investment

Through the Community Investment Fund, United Way of Coastal Georgia invests in local programs that deliver measurable results in the three United Way impact areas of Education, Health, and Financial Stability, as well as those that strengthen our regional safety net. To be eligible to receive UWCGA community funds, a program must clearly fit at least one of the three impact areas. Priority will be given to programs using approaches leading to an increased percentage of children and youth prepared to be successful in school and life, reduction in the cycle of generational poverty by increasing the economic self-sufficiency of residents, or providing a strong foundation for workforce development.

The Community Investment process is an annual volunteer-driven grant program. UWCGA staff and committee leadership consult with local organizations and provide training each year. Committee volunteers read and score proposals, review agency financials, participate in agency site visits, express comments and concerns for agencies, build agency relationships, and prepare funding recommendations. The funds for the Community Investment Program are raised through the UWCGA annual campaign and final approval of grant recommendations is made by the UWCGA Board of Directors.

Coastal Georgia nonprofit organizations wishing to learn more about the grant process can visit Nonprofit Central or reach out to Janelle Harvey, Director of Community Impact, at 912-265-1850 or

Volunteers interested in participating in the annual community investment process can visit the volunteer page or reach out to Janelle Harvey, Director of Community Impact, at 912-265-1850 or