Salina Area United Way Announces Full Return to Funded Partners


Salina, KS Salina Area United Way is excited to make a full return to Funded Partners. Staff came to this decision after spending time having deep discussions with business leaders, engaged community members, and local non-profit organizations. Applications will open to qualified nonprofit organizations on Thursday, July 7, 2022.

Applications will be accepted throughout the next month, with a closing submission deadline of Friday, August 12 at Noon. Funded Partners will be selected and awarded based on specific criteria outlined by community volunteer members of the Salina Area United Way Grants Committee and Board of Directors. Applications can be found on the website at

“By returning to Funded Partners, we are giving donors the peace of mind of where their dollars are going and holding our non-profits to a higher standard,” says Claire Ludes, Executive Director of the Salina Area United Way. “We are uniting to serve our community in the most effective way possible.”

“As an organization who has historically both supported the efforts of the Salina Area United Way and received funding, the return of Funded Partners is critical,” says Lori Blake, Executive Director of Child Advocacy and Parenting Services. “The funding review process shouldn’t be taken lightly. It validates an organization’s financial management, engages community members to maximize services and verifies the agency meets a unique need to make the Salina area a better place to live.”

Salina Area United Way’s mission is to Strengthen Our Community with direct and immediate impact through three goals: health, education, and financial stability.

For more information about the Salina Area United Way and Funded Partners, visit, or contact the Salina Area United Way office at 785-827-1312.