Community Investment Grants: Funded Programs

Community Investment Grants: Children Living in Poverty (CLIP) Initiative 2019-2021

 United Way of Northwest Arkansas is committed to creating pathways to prosperity that increase opportunities for children and families to live and grow in a thriving, nurturing environment. Thanks to the generosity of the Northwest Arkansas community, United Way is proud to announce that we have awarded 25 grants totaling $2 million for the 2019-2021 grant cycle. The grants will support programs focused on children and families in poverty.

As a mobilizer of community resources, United Way works in collaboration with partners throughout the region to raise funds that support these programs to increase the capacity of children and families to achieve their fullest human potential in three core areas:

  • Parents as First Teachers: The first years of life are critical for healthy brain development and for children to get the boost they need to be ready to learn and thrive. Parents as First Teachers programs will ensure that children, parents, caregivers, and families are working together to strengthen school readiness skills.
  • Quality Out-of-School Time: High-quality out-of-school time programs increases academic success, expands exploration of career paths, and results in positive outcomes for children. This funding area focuses on increasing access to high-quality out-of-school time programs that will build the capacity for greater success.
  • Developing Self-Sufficiency: Developing Self-Sufficiency programs will ensure the future economic stability of children and families by strengthening workforce readiness skills and increasing the capacity of youth to acquire a sustainable living wage.

These impactful programs build the foundation for lifelong success and lasting change for children and families in our community. To learn more about these programs, please click here.

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

How Can You Get Involved?

Give. Advocate. Volunteer.

 Your personal commitment is critical to ensuring that our community has the resources it needs to grow. Local donors make it possible for the United Way to maximize the impact of our nonprofit partners, and people just like you determine where those donations go.

Our community grants are reviewed and determined by volunteers on the Community Investment Grant Panel, which represents a cross-sector of the community, including business, philanthropy, academia, and healthcare.

Join us to help determine how United Way dollars are invested in our local community! With you on our team, we can reach our goal of a better tomorrow for children and families in Northwest Arkansas. For more information, please complete the Community Investment Grant Panel Volunteer Form and a member of the United Way Community Impact team will contact you.

Thank you for LIVING UNITED!