The Salina Area United Way works towards the three following goals:

            Education: Raise the graduation rate
            Income: Reduce the number of families who are financially unstable
            Health: Increase the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoiding risky behavior


Make A Difference Grants

The Make A Difference Grant application is two-page application, including a simple program budget. A two-page report is expected once a year at the end of the grant cycle. The grant amounts awarded are $10,000 or less. Make A Difference Grants occur one, to potentially twice, a year. Make A Difference Grant applications for 2024 are currently not open.

Reporting for this grant application includes the request for demographic information of the persons served. The Salina Area United Way reports this information to United Way World Wide and uses it to communicate to donors, as well as the communities served.


Early Childcare Initiative Fund Grants

The Make A Difference Grant application is an application for 501c3 childcare centers. Monthly reporting is expected from recipients, which includes number of staff vacancies, open childcare slots, closed rooms, any KDHE visits and any KDHE non-compliances (if any). There is not a limit to the amount granted, but instead based off of the current status of the Early Childcare Initiative Fund at Salina Area United Way. The Early Childcare Initiative Fund Grants are currently open - application deadline is Friday, February 16, 2024 at noon (CST). .