For Nonprofits

In our mission to create lasting change for individuals and families in our regional community, we find, fund, and partner with the most effective local programs and initiatives that create real opportunities and get real results. Do you want to be one of them? If you meet the eligibility criteria outlined below, we invite you to apply to receive a UWBCKR grant. Are you in need of volunteers? Connect here.

We offer different types of grants. Grant applicants must first determine if they should apply for a grant from our Community Impact Fund or Social Innovation Fund. Unsure? Here’s a quick test:

Does your program have a history of impactful results in the community? Then you most likely need to apply for a grant from the Community Impact Fund.

If your organization or program is in start-up mode or piloting a new innovative program, you should check out our Innovative/Interim Fund.

When in doubt, take a look at the information below regarding the types of grants and eligibility requirements, and don’t hesitate to contact us to explore your options! 

UWBCKR’s regional Community Impact strategy includes four distinct investment tiers:


Multi-year grants to support programs that align with a strategic priority area and specific indicators that demonstrate the program’s ongoing efforts to make progress towards the community-level goal in education, income, and health.


Innovative/Interim grants will provide one year of funding for new or existing programs that 1) align with UWBCKR’s strategic priorities and 2) have the potential to make progress towards the community-level goal in Education, Income, or Health. Assessment of Innovative/Interim proposals will also include the potential for a program to eventually scale up to qualify as a Strategic Investment. Data relative to at least one UWBCKR indicator will be collected to assess the program’s potential to become a strategic investment.


Supportive grants provide one year of funding to programs that are related to a community-level goal in Education, Income, and Health but are not necessarily aligned and operate outside of that goal’s strategic priorities. Consequently, program level data will be collected as opposed to data that is specific to strategic indicators.


One year grants to maintain and improve a regional safety net of supports for highly vulnerable populations to access services that address immediate needs.


For more information, please contact Heather Rittenhouse at (269) 441-1725 or

Volunteer Support

Does your organization need volunteers? We can help! Please fill out the form below and let us match you up with community and corporate groups looking for opportunities.

Type of Volunteer Opportunity

Please share the name of your project and read through the options below to determine the best fit based on duration, timing and project type.
Duration: Demand is highest for Day of Caring projects that are between 2 and 4 hours. Projects and/or service delivery can last 1-8 hours. Description: Direct service to clients (i.e. serving meals, working with elderly), painting, landscaping, organizing, sorting and packing items, or supporting a key event- like a 5k fundraiser.
Duration: 90 minute volunteer opportunity, typically late afternoon/early-evening Monday-Friday. Description: Brief volunteer opportunities that accommodate 20-30 volunteers, such as facility clean-up, minor facility repairs, reading with children, serving meals
Duration: Varies. Description: Portable production of items/projects that can take place off-site from your agency at another location, such as employees putting together education kits in their workplace cafeteria or groups creating toiletry kits or fleece tie blankets at a community event.
Please describe.

Briefly describe the opportunity