July 24, 2017

Notice of United Way Funding Opportunity


United Way of Northwest Vermont Notice of Funding Opportunity &
Call for Organization Qualifications & Program Letters of Interest
released July 2017

United Way of Northwest Vermont’s (UWNWVT) mission is to build a stronger Northwest Vermont by mobilizing our community to improve people’s lives. We make strategic investments to address community-defined priorities in order to advance the common good and ensure that all children, youth, and young adults achieve their potential; all people are financially stable; and all people have optimal health and well-being.

Program Funding Opportunity
Our strategic investments include supporting high-performing programs at local nonprofit organizations. Program funding can be used to support specific programs within organizations and cannot be used to support an organization’s administrative, fundraising, or capital expenses.

To provide funding stability and maximize program impact, we maintain a three-year cycle of program funding. A Community Impact Team made up of trained community volunteers review program funding applications, recommend a portfolio of programs to be funded, and monitor program performance through reports and site visits during the three-year funding cycle.
The next three-year funding period will begin June 2018. In preparation, we are initiating a two-phase process: Phase 1: Inviting local organizations who are interested in reviewing program funding to submit Organization Qualifications and Program Letter(s) of Interest due September 22. United Way staff and volunteers will review the Organization Qualifications and Letters of Interest to select programs to be invited to submit a full application. Phase 2: Invited organizations will submit full applications for program funding by February 1, 2018. Community volunteers will review the applications and make funding recommendations; final decisions will be announced by end of May 2018.

To be eligible for program funding, organizations must:
• have IRS-determined nonprofit, tax-exempt status,
• meet minimum organization requirements as outlined below,
• serve people living in Chittenden, Franklin, and/or Grand Isle Counties,
• be able to demonstrate how the program contributes to one of our Key Strategies (listed below),
• have a clear process and plan to measure and report project outcomes that demonstrate whether and how the program participants are better off as a result of the program, and
• be willing to sign and adhere to the Program Funding Agreement, Affidavit of Non-Discrimination, and Anti-Terrorism Form (samples provided in attached “Reference Forms”).

Any organization that meets these requirements for eligibility is invited to submit Program Letter(s) of Interest, to be reviewed by our community volunteers. Program requests must be for a minimum of $5,000.

Key Strategies
United Way of Northwest Vermont engages with partners, donors, volunteers, and other stakeholders to identify and assess the greatest needs and opportunities in our region, and determine how our community resources can have the greatest impact. In 2017, five key strategies for investing in our community were announced. Any organization that would like to be considered for program funding must be able to demonstrate how that program contributes to one of these Key Strategies:

Supporting Families – Programs should focus on supporting the well-being and resilience of families in ways that are not covered by other UWNWVT’s Key Strategies; UWNWVT is particularly interested in programs that use a multi-generational approach
Advancing Employment – Programs should focus on advancing financial stability through employment, and may focus on workforce development and/or accessing resources to overcome barriers to employment
Meeting Basic Needs in one of the following specific areas:
o Housing – programs may focus on housing retention, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and/or permanent supportive housing
o Food – Programs may focus on prevention or reduction of food insecurity
o Transportation – programs may focus on providing transportation and/or reducing barriers to accessing transportation
o Health Care – programs should focus on reducing barriers to accessing health care
Reducing Substance Abuse – Programs may focus on prevention, reducing barriers to treatment, and/or supporting recovery
Promoting Mental Health – Programs may focus on prevention and/or ensuring access to mental health treatment, services and supports

We recognize that programs may contribute to more than one key strategy, however programs must initially apply for funding under one, primary strategy. Programs that contribute to the strategy of Meeting Basic Needs must state which in which of the specific areas (Housing, Food, Transportation, or Health Care) they do work.

Please see attached PDF documents:
1. Attachment 1: Notice of Program Funding Opportunity
Contains Overview, Timeline, Instructions for Submission of Forms; FAQ and Links for Online Submission of Phase 1 Forms
2. Attachment 2: Sample Reference Forms for your information.

We encourage you to read through all the attached materials prior to submitting the required Phase 1 Forms at these links:
Organization Qualifications Form: Click here or type into your browser:
Program Letter of Interest Form: Click here or type into your browser:

Please share this announcement and materials with any other organizations who may be interested in applying for funding. We look forward to hearing from you.

Jesse Bridges

Jesse Bridges, Chief Executive Officer
United Way of Northwest Vermont
Direct (802) 861-7852
HEADQUARTERS: 412 Farrell Street, Suite 200, S. Burlington, VT 05403

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