How can I help my community during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Since 1960, donor gifts to the United Way of Lincoln County (UWLC) have supported community resources that serve struggling families across our county.

Now, UWLC has created the United Way of Lincoln County COVID-19 Emergency Fund to provide additional funding to those community partners with the greatest need and who's clients are being hit the hardest by the current outbreak.

You can select how you wish to donate to your United Way of Lincoln County - via PayPal (for credit/debit cards) or mail a check.

Click on the link below to be directed to PayPal to complete your donation - note in your donation that it is for COVID.  You can donate via PayPal with or without a PayPal account.

If you would like to mail a check, you can mail it to PO Box 234, Lincolnton, NC 29083 and put COVID in the memo section on your check.


The UWLC Community Impact Committee awarded the following grants to local agencies:

  • Partnership for Children of Lincoln County - $5,000 - for essentials to keep their daycares safe and open during the pandemic
  • Lincoln County YMCA - $10,000 - financial aid to support their day camp program

Several individuals have been assisted with various COVID-19 related needs through referrals from local agencies.

The UWLC COVID-19 Emergency fund will be used to meet the immediate needs of local community-based organizations.

UWLC will prioritize frontline programs providing aid to Lincoln County residents affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts caused by the current crisis.

Funds are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations or other public entities or emergency referrals from any of these organizations.

If your organization would like to apply for funding please read the following information to determine which application is most suitable for your organization's needs.

  • Level One Request - Crisis Application: click here

A Level One funding need is in response to major emergency, major crisis, disaster, pandemic, etc. that requires an immediate response and commitment of funds in which normal funding sources have been exhausted. A Level One request is the result of an event or activity with the potential to negatively affect the community. This event or activity has occurred outside the organization or agency capabilities. This level will be funded with available emerging needs funds to cover a broad scope. The organization receiving a Level One grant will be required to submit a report to UWLC every month once the request is funded until the funding has been depleted.

  • Level Two Request - Critical Application: click here

A Level Two funding need is an unidentified program or service that unveils outside the 402 Community Fund procedure process and does not require an immediate response. This level will be funded with available emerging needs funds to cover a narrow scope to meet basic human needs programs and services. The organization receiving a Level Two grant will be required to submit a report every quarter once the request is funded until the funding has been depleted.

Thank You!

Thanks SO MUCH to those listed below for supporting your neighbors during this pandemic!

  • Foundation for a Healthy Carolina - $25,000
  • Confidential Business - $10,000
  • Times Oil - $6,000
  • BB&T/Truist Foundation - $2,600
  • Charlie Sigmon - $1,200
  • Richard and Cynthia Haynes - $1,000
  • Walter and Ann Przygocki - $500
  • NC West Optimist - $100
  • United Way of Lincoln County - $50,000