Request for Proposals for the 2020 Community Impact Grants

 

United Way of the Inland Valleys is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for its 2020 Community Impact grants process. The RFP will cover the program period of January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020.

To apply for funding, please go to our application portal at uwiv.smapply.io Read on for instructions on how to apply.

The mission of United Way of the Inland Valleys is to Unite people, ideas, and resources with the community to improve lives. We fight for the education, financial stability, and housing of every person in every community.

UWIV invests in organizations that provide programs and services that are in alignment with our strategic priorities by way of:

● Utilizing strategies and delivering programs that provide cost effective, measurable results in the areas of Education, Financial Stability, and Housing.

● Sound fiscal and management practices supporting agencies with fostering efforts that build lasting collaboration and strong partnerships.

● Addressing the root causes of problems that challenge our community.

● Leveraging community resources.

Who is Eligible for Funding?

Organizations that provide human service programs in Western and Southwestern Riverside County (https://uwiv.org/about) which align with our priority funding areas of Education, Financial Stability, and Housing are eligible to apply.

  • Only organizations that hold a valid Internal Revenue Service determination letter that the organization is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization are eligible for funding.

  • A copy of the IRS tax-exempt determination letter must accompany the application.

  • Organizations that have a current IRS Form 990 that was filed no more than a year following your last fiscal year.

  • Organization’s registration and compliance with the California Attorney General’s office (https://oag.ca.gov/charities)

  • Organizations that employ sound fiscal and management practices

  • If funded the last grant cycle, your organization’s submission of the mid-year (June 30th) report

Collaborative partnerships are encouraged. Please remember that your programs need to fit our funding priorities!

Funding Priorities

As part of the review process, we will ask our reviewers to keep in mind these key points as they evaluate applications:

  • Organization is proactive in finding other funding solutions (can sustain without the financial support of UWIV)

  • Organization has long-term strategic plans for growth and impact

  • Organization uses sound accounting practices

  • Organization/program is in line with the mission of UWIV

  • Funding request falls within our three priority areas (education, financial stability, and housing)

  • Responses were thoughtful and fully answered the question

  • Meet application deadline

What is the process?

Grants for Which You May Request Funding (An agency may submit an application for an Impact Grant IN ADDITION TO a Capacity Grant. Please see the Capacity Grant RFP, released in October of 2019, for more information).

June 28, 2019 RFP & application link released uwiv.smapply.io

July 26, 2019 Applications due. Applications not fully submitted will not be accepted.

August-October 2019 Volunteer review process & Community Impact Committee review and recommendations.

November 2019 Board members make funding decisions upon review of Community Impact Committee recommendations and reviews.

December 2019 Decision letters sent via SMApply portal.

January 2020 First funding disbursement.

Grants for Which You May Request Funding

An agency may submit an application for an Impact Grant IN ADDITION TO a Capacity Grant. Please see the Capacity Grant RFP to be released in October of 2019 for more information.

Impact Grants

      • Lasting impact grants: education, financial stability, and/or housing.

      • Must be able to provide measurable outcomes

      • Can be used to cover administrative expenses (staffing, supplies, rent, etc.) required to support the program

      • Provide recognition of UWIV’s support of your agency

      • The maximum grant request for this type of grant is $25,000.

Priority Areas for Funding

1. Education.

Types of programs that would fall under this category include but are not limited to:

● Programs that supply/support STEAM-based education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)

● Programs focused on early grade reading

● Tutoring or other programs that will increase the reading and math proficiency of students

● Programs focused on increasing students’ interest in local colleges

● Programs focused on facilitating college/vocational preparation

● Programs focused on facilitating career placement assistance and/or training

● Programs providing English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for youth in our service area

● Programs focused on increasing high school and college graduation rates

● Programs focused on mental health awareness/prevention/treatment

2. Financial Stability (Income)

Types of programs that would fall under this category include but are not limited to:

● Programs focused on increasing financial independence

● Programs focused on workforce development, such as work-based learning (apprenticeships), training boot camps, etc.

● Programs focused on increasing employment opportunities through coaching and job preparation

● Programs focused on increasing income and savings

● Programs focused on overcoming barriers leading to financial stability (GED assistance, job certification assistance, etc.)

● Programs focused on helping families and individuals reduce debt

3. Housing

Types of programs that would fall under this category include but are not limited to:

● Programs focused on improving access to affordable housing

● Programs focused on providing housing opportunities (homeless shelters, permanent support housing, transitional housing, housing navigation, etc.)

● Programs focused on housing homeless

● Programs focused on preventing homelessness (utility assistance, temporary rental/mortgage assistance, housing advocacy assistance, etc.)

Funding Guidelines for Grants Awarded for 2019

1. Community Impact Grants cannot be used for capital expenditures such as building, plans, construction, or renovation.

2. Funds cannot be used for political campaigns.

3. Funds cannot be used for religious instruction or proselytizing.

4. Funds cannot be used for non-human service programs (such as dog shelters) but can be used for service/therapy animal programs.

5. Funds cannot be used for loan payments or deficit spending.

6. Organizations that are awarded grants will be required to submit interim semi-annual reports and must be open to occasional scheduled site visits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does United Way of the Inland Valleys focus more deeply on specific issues?

Like most organizations, we are challenged to meet the needs of our constituents and effectively drive change with limited resources. By investing strategically in a streamlined set of priorities that align with our organizational goals, we are able to make a more meaningful and measurable impact in the communities we serve.

How do I apply for a grant?

After you reach our granting site (uwiv.smapply.io) and register for an account, it will take you to pre-qualification questions. If you pre-qualify, you will automatically be directed to our 2020 funding application. For further instructions on how to use our granting system, please click here. Please make every effort to submit your application a few days prior to the deadline to allow for any software/computer glitches. Late applications WILL NOT be accepted for any reason.

Please use the budget template provided on the SurveyMonkey Apply portal (found on the homepage of the Impact Grant application within the RFP-bold and written in green) when it is time to upload your program budget. You will be able to download the document, add in your numbers, and upload back into your application in your SurveyMonkey Apply portal.

DEADLINE: Applications MUST BE complete and FULLY SUBMITTED by Friday, July 26, 2019 at 11:59 pm. Late and incomplete submissions WILL NOT be reviewed under any circumstances.

Will grants be awarded for one year or multiple years?

Grants will be awarded for a period of one year.

Should I still apply if we have not been previously funded or currently funded by United Way of the Inland Valleys?

YES! UWIV welcomes new potential programs for funding. Current grantees or organizations that have received funding in prior years are not given special consideration by the grant review committee.

How does organizational size affect ability to compete?

It doesn’t. Organizational size is not a factor in evaluating applicants. Funding decisions are based on alignment with the priorities of United Way of the Inland Valleys and the applicant’s ability to demonstrate tangible, measurable results.

Can I get feedback about our previous year’s grant application?

Yes! If you have any questions regarding a grant application you submitted last year, please send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Who reviews the final grant applications?

The application process is overseen by UWIV in partnership with its Community Impact Committee, which is comprised of eight to ten highly-engaged external professionals. Together, they represent our board, local corporations, local nonprofits, and other community representatives. External reviewers are selected from academia and the public and private sectors based upon their experience and knowledge of community needs. As diversity is also an important factor, we have made certain the entire region is represented.

Reviewers are also thoroughly vetted for any conflicts of interest. Throughout the rigorous review process, reviewers utilize assessment tools to rate applications (which will be anonymous) based on their quality, alignment with UWIV’s funding priorities, and ability to demonstrate measurable results in their respective area of focus.

How will we be notified of the results of our grant application?

UWIV will notify all applicants of the results of their application via the SMApply portal. You will see the notification letter in your portal by the end of December 2019.

Have questions or need technical assistance? Please email Jennifer Thornton at jthornton@uwiv.org or Cordell Thomas at cthomas@uwiv.org.