2016 United Way for Jackson & George Counties Request for Proposal (RFP) - Community Impact Grants
United Way for Jackson & George Counties is pleased to issue its 2016 Request for Proposal (RFP) for Community Impact Grants.
United Way JGC is committed to creating lasting change with measurable improvements for those in need in Jackson and George counties. The RFP will cover the program period of September 9, 2016 through September 8, 2017.
Funding is granted to nonprofit organizations through a competitive application process each year. United Way JGC strongly encourages collaboration between agencies when applying for a Community Impact Grant.
Grants are typically awarded for a period of one year, but proposals for multiple year funding will be considered up to a maximum of three years. Funding for multiple year proposals will be based on the availability of funds, program performance (outcomes) and compliance with the terms of the grant agreement.
Our grant cycle for 2016 will seek proposals whose focus is in one of these four areas of unmet needs identified during our recent strategic planning session:
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Who is Eligible for Funding?
- 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status and registered with the MS Secretary of State as a non-profit organization
- Organized and actively providing service for at least one year preceding the date of application
- Governed by a volunteer board of directors
- Serving clients in Jackson and/or George county
- Audited or reviewed annually by an independent Certified Public Accountant
What will the term of each grant be?
Grants are normally made for a twelve month period, but the review panel will entertain a longer grant period if this will promote the greatest impact.
How will grant money be distributed?
Grant proceeds are distributed at the United Way Campaign Kick-Off in September in the full amount of the award. However, United Way may disburse the proceeds in any manner the board elects.
Who decides what programs will be funded?
A panel of subject matter experts from outside our service area will review the proposals and select programs that meet our criteria and best address the current needs in our community.
What are the reporting requirements? (See Supplemental Handout below also)
If your proposal is selected for funding, you will be required to submit information detailing your progress at six month intervals. Reports must include the following information:
- Copies of all receipts for purchases made with grant proceeds (only grant purchases should appear on receipts)
- Demographic information, including age, race, gender and county of residence for those served
- Photographs and client stories, where appropriate; must include a signed release form for photos
- Brief narrative showing the impact your program has had in the community
- Community Impact Grants cannot be used for capital expenditures such as buildings, plans, construction or renovation.
- Grant funding can be used for operational, administrative, staffing and supply expenses required to support the program. Funding will be limited to the time period of the grant.
- Programs must align within one of the four (4) focus areas specified in this RFP.
- July 1, 2016 – Deadline to submit RFP
- July, 2016 – Review panel meets to discuss proposals.
- Late August, 2016 – Agencies are notified which programs were selected for funding
- September 9, 2016 – Grant checks are presented to selected organizations
- March, 2017 – First report due; site visit by United Way staff
- September 2017 – Final report due