2019 Request for Proposals (RFP)

United Way of the Inland Valleys (UWIV) is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for its 2019 Capacity grants process. The RFP will cover the program period of January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019.

General Information & Community Funding Strategy

The mission of the United Way of the Inland Valleys is to unite people, ideas, and resources with the community to improve lives. UWIV seeks to achieve its mission in Western Riverside County by:

  • Utilizing strategies and delivering programs that provide cost effective, measurable results

  • Prioritizing needs in Education, Financial Stability, and Housing

  • Administering an agency that has sound fiscal and management practices

  • Fostering efforts that build lasting collaboration and strong partnerships

  • Forming innovative and effective partnerships with other organizations to improve overall well-being

  • Addressing the root causes of problems that challenge our community

  • Leveraging community resources beyond funding provided by UWIV Community Impact grants

Who is Eligible for Funding?

Organizations that provide human service programs in Western Riverside County focused on 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 proposal. Organizations must have an IRS Form 990, plus attachments, for the most recently completed fiscal year. 

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

What is the Process?

An agency may only submit an application for EITHER a Safety Net Grant OR an Impact Grant. However, an agency may apply for a Capacity Grant IN ADDITION TO a Safety Net or Impact Grant.

2019 will be the last year for Safety Net Grants. Beginning in 2020, United Way of the Inland Valleys, in alignment with United Way Worldwide and our Board of Directors' priorities will be granting Impact, Capacity, and Special Initiative Grants only.

For safety net funded partners, United Way of the Inland Valleys will provide in-house pro-bono fundraising consulting and plan design. If interested, please contact Kimberly Starrs for more information. 

Grant Types

Safety Net Grants

  • Immediate impact grants

  • Must be able to provide programmatic outputs and anecdotal success stories

  • Food pantries, homeless shelters, etc. would fall under this type of grant

  • Must be used for the direct cost of the program (food, vouchers, clothing, rent, etc.)

  • Utilize an innovative approach to providing recognition of UWIV’s support of your agency

  • The maximum grant request for this type of grant is $10,000.

  • Examples of safety net grants: Food pantries, emergency shelter, clothing

Impact Grants

  • Lasting impact grants

  • Must be able to provide measurable outcomes

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

  • Utilize an innovative approach to providing recognition of UWIV’s support of your agency

  • The maximum grant request for this type of grant is $25,000. Grants awarded annually and can only be used to cover up to 25% of the program budget.

  • Examples of impact grants: Education, Financial Stability, Housing

Capacity Grants

  • Offered quarterly

  • Can apply for this grant in addition to EITHER a Safety Net grant OR an Impact grant

  • The maximum grant award is $1,000 Examples of capacity grants: Professional development (Fundraising, leadership, branding, social media, etc.), technology upgrades, collaborative opportunities, consulting/coaching)

  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.

Funding Guidelines for Grants Awarded for 2019

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? 
Once the application is released via website & email, you will be able to click on the link. Once you click the link, it will take you to pre-qualification questions. If you pre-qualify, you will automatically be directed to our 2019 funding application. For those organizations who have applied in the past, one change we made to the process this year is we will be using SurveyMonkey Apply. This software will allow you to apply with ease. 

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 board of United Way of the Inland Valleys makes funding decisions based on recommendations made by the Community Impact Committee. Prior to going to the CIC, applications are reviewed by staff for accuracy and completion and are then submitted to external reviewers who score the applications based on a rubric. External reviewers are selected from academia and 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 throughout the process. 

Are reviewers thoroughly vetted for any conflicts of interest? Yes. 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions or need technical assistance? Email Jennifer Thornton or Cordell Thomas