The 2017 Community Impact Grant Cycle has CONCLUDED. The 2018 Cycle will begin in October 2017.

Are you a United Way of Northwest Michigan donor or volunteer? Please consider being a member of our Community Advisory  Teams (CATs)! The CAT are comprised of United Way investors and volunteers who oversee grant funding. More than 10 residents from our five-county region serve on United Way’s CATs.

The Community Advisory Team fosters the process to allocate donor funds to address community needs in the areas of Education, Basic Needs and Health. This is a unique and critical function of United Way’s grant allocation process. Volunteers are asked to study the grant applications, participate in the orientation, fully participate in grant interviews and follow up sessions. We seek a diverse group of volunteers from our United Way donors and volunteers to participate in the CAT. Helpful skills include finance, budgeting, grant experience, knowledge of the needs in the community and a passion to advance the common good. Please complete the application and submit your request to serve on the team.


If you are interested in participating on CAT, please complete the form below:

Community Advisory Team Application

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“I’ve had the pleasure of serving on a Community Advisory Team (CAT). CAT is a collection of United Way donors and volunteers who review grant requests from non-profit organizations throughout our communities. This all volunteer group reviews the written grants and spends 2 full days hearing presentations from each of the organizations requesting the funds. The CAT volunteers then decide how YOUR United Way dollars are distributed to these worthwhile organizations. Every year the dollars that you donate are distributed to organizations who have demonstrated a need for funding and those decisions are made by fellow members of our community. Won’t you join me in supporting United Way and LIVE UNITED?” -Doug Morgenstern, Huntington Bank

“I love being a part of this process, and look forward to it again next year!” – Former CAT Team member