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Strategic Community Grants Program

Strategic Community Grants Program

The mission of United Way of Broome County is to drive change that will have a positive impact on the critical needs of the community by strategically leveraging the collective resources of community partners. United Way of Broome County does this by bringing together organizations, people, and resources to focus on the critical issues in Broome County with the goal of creating systemic change through collaborative, coordinated efforts.

The Strategic Community Grants Program is the combination of three grant programs:

1. Strategic Priorities Grant Program
2. Basic Needs Grant Program
3. Healthy Lifestyles Coalition (HLC) Grant Program

Strategic Priorities Grant Program

Three building blocks make up United Way of Broome County’s Strategic Priorities that will support efforts to drive systemic change in the community. We are committed to lasting solutions that build opportunity for all.


Access to Health works to enable individuals and families to improve their health. This requires increased access to healthcare and health insurance, but also creating healthy communities, increasing physical activity and access to healthy food, and ensuring that people get off to a healthy start.


Childhood Success focuses on early intervention and topics such as early grade reading and school readiness. School readiness is predictive of early grade proficiency which is in turn predictive of graduation. The ultimate goal is to ensure that children are developmentally and academically prepared to succeed in school.

Youth Success concentrates on middle grades success, high school graduation, and postsecondary success. The ultimate goal is to give every young person the knowledge, skills and experiences to succeed in school, work and life.

Financial Stability

Economic Mobility works to ensure that individuals and families improve their socio-economic status. The ability of an individual or family to change their financial status, can have a multigenerational, positive impact on overall well-being by improving housing options and broadening opportunities for education and mentorship.

The RFP details each Strategic Priority that will drive systemic change in the community under the building blocks of Health, Education, and Financial Stability.

Basic Needs Grant Program

Meeting peoples’ basic needs and reducing poverty through targeted initiatives transforms the lives of individuals, moving them from crisis to self-sufficiency. Ensuring basic needs such as food, shelter, and safety is the first step to identifying the complex, long-term issues individuals and families face. Together, we can work to provide basic needs and on collaborative solutions to success.

While we work toward providing long-term positive outcomes through the three building blocks of quality life, covering basic needs is a vital first step on the pathway to success. When needs are unmet and uncertain – if someone is hungry, if they don’t have a place to sleep, if they are in fear for their safety – the other challenges they encounter in life become even more difficult to overcome. Individuals cannot focus on getting a better job, going to school, or taking care of their health without meeting basic needs first.

The RFP details funding strategies to ensure residents of Broome County all have their basic needs met.

Healthy Lifestyles Coalition (HLC) Grant Program

The HLC and its partners understand and recognize that without engaged community members and agencies working together, real changes are not sustainable. The HLC seeks to reduce the prevalence of obesity in Broome County by empowering neighborhood residents to adopt healthy lifestyles and achieve positive health outcomes. Currently, the target area for the HLC are the North and East Sides of Binghamton.


The HLC is a community collaboration that empowers neighborhood residents to adopt healthy lifestyles and achieve positive health outcomes.


Engaged and empowered communities that foster healthy environments, healthy relationships, and healthy people.

Guiding Principles:

1. Physical environment is safe, clean, and promotes physical activity and socialization.
2. All residents feel connected regardless of geography or generation.
3. All residents are healthy in mind, body, and spirit.


1. Advocate for the adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors, through the creation of structural supports, environmental changes, and/or policy initiatives
2. Support the social, emotional, and mental health of all individuals
3. Increase access to and participation in physical activities for all individuals
4. Increase access to and consumption of healthy foods and beverages all individuals


To assist with reducing obesity and associated long-term risks for chronic disease in our community; through the promotion of targeted, multi-leveled interventions that improve habits and behaviors related to healthy lifestyles.


Please download the RFP for additional information.

Application Requirements

The Strategic Community Grants Program Application is closed for the 2021-22 Funding Cycle. For additional questions, please reach out to Lindsey Mott.