We depend on strong partnerships with many effective organizations across Northwest Arkansas to achieve our bold goal of providing a pathway out of poverty for children. Our investments leverage community resources to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits to make our community a better place for us all. Are you interested in partnering with us? Please see the opportunities below for more information.

Our bold goal:

to provide every child in Northwest Arkansas a pathway out of poverty!

How can we help?

As a local nonprofit, you are a critical partner in our work to create lasting community change. The tools you’ll find here will help make it easier.

Check back often for new items and to check for upcoming trainings, forums and other events.

Educational Resources

Community Meetings and Workshops:

UWNWA Strategic Plan:

Co-marketing and branding materials:

Arkansas 2-1-1 Materials:

Grants & Requests for Proposals

Please see “Funding Opportunities” tab on the left.

Poverty Education Tools

Need Volunteers?

United Way can help your organization find the help you need! Check out the resources below for recruiting leadership, program or project volunteers.

United Way Volunteer Code of Ethics and Business Conduct

Nonprofit Login

The United Way of Arkansas has transitioned to a new grant management system. You will need to create a Login ID and Password to access any available grant applications. To access the UWNWA Grant Portal you can click the button below or cut and paste the following into your browser:

If you have trouble accessing the UWNWA Grant Portal, please contact Ana Phakhin at

Children Living in Poverty (CLIP) Funding Opportunity

PLEASE NOTE: The Children Living in Poverty (CLIP) grants have been awarded for 2019-2021. Please check back at a later date for future funding opportunities.

UWNWA funding opportunities are open to all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, education institutions, and collaborations (one partner in the collaborative must be a 501(c)(3) organization). Programs should align with the Children Living in Poverty goal of building prosperity for children and families. The funding focus areas for this grant include:

Prosperity Tomorrow

  • Parents as First Teachers
  • Out of School Time Programs
  • Developing Self-Sufficiency

 To be considered for CLIP funding, an organization must first submit a completed Letter of Inquiry (LOI) form no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 1, 2019 through the Agency Portal (see blue menu bar on the left). The LOIs will be reviewed and scored by a panel of community volunteers to determine which organizations will be approved to submit a more detailed application for funding consideration. This is a competitive process and submission of an LOI or full application does not guarantee funding.

More information on the CLIP funding opportunity:

UWNWA Information Session Presentation

UWNWA CLIP  Grant Guidelines


For questions, please contact Ana Phakhin at or 479-303-4422.

CLIP Grant Eligibility:

To be eligible for a United Way grant, a program must:

  • Align within one of the CLIP funding focus areas: Parents as First Teachers, Quality Out-of-School Time, and Developing Self-Sufficiency
  • Provide services or is based in Benton, Madison, Washington Counties (Arkansas) or McDonald County (Missouri)
  • Meet the criteria for responsible financial stewardship, which includes:
  • Any Organization required to have a full audit for any grant, federal funding or state funding, or any other purpose must submit this same audit to the UWNWA, no matter what amount of funding is requested.
  • Any Organization funded by the UWNWA who receives an annual allocation of $50,000 or more, must have an annual audit, consistent with General Accounting Principles; conducted by a certified public accountant and must submit the results of such audit, together with the accountant’s management letter, to the UWNWA. The CPA must be independent of the client and the financial statements must contain all required disclosures.
  • Any Organization funded by UWNWA whose annual budget exceeds $50,000 and receives an allocation of $10,000 – $49,999 may submit a Formal Review conducted by a CPA in lieu of an audit. The CPA must be independent of the client

Grant Proposal Reviews:

The Community Impact Team is also available to assist with reviewing draft grant proposals and providing feedback. The draft reviews will occur during the following time period: January 11 – 23, 2019. Draft proposals may be sent to Ana Phakhin at; please allow up to 3 business days for feedback to be provided.

 Tyson Summer Community Internship Program

PLEASE NOTE: The Tyson Summer Community Internship Program host sites have been selected for 2019. Students who are interested in applying for the internship program may apply here: Tyson Summer Community Internship Program 



 Contact the community impact team at