2015-2017 Grant Applications, Forms, and Documents

The 2015-2017 Community Impact grant application process is now closed.  Grant awards will be announced in June.  If you have questions, please contact our Community Impact and Engagement Director, Arturo Vargas.

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley’s goal is to shape a social support system of community organizations that collaborate in order to achieve common outcomes and systemic changes using the Collective Impact framework.  We work collaboratively throughout Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties to identify community needs based on current local data, and to direct resources toward collaborative and individual programs that will result in the most successful, long-term outcomes.

United Way will award grants to projects that address at least one of United Way’s focus areas: Education, Financial Stability, and Health.  Please refer to the 2015-2017 Community Impact Grant Guidelines for detailed information on the focus areas, priorities within each focus area, and related indicators.

Grant Range and Duration
1.    Collaborative Grants - Up to $40,000 per year, for two years.
2.    Basic Needs Grants - Up to $15,000 per year, for two years.

Grants are issued for two years, and are re-certified annually based on performance and compliance with the requirements of the funding agreement.  Proposals requesting more than the grant range will not be accepted.

The application for 2015-2017 Basic Needs Grants closed on February 6th.

Collaborative Grant Application 2015-2017 (Word)

1.  2015-2017 Community Impact Grant Guidelines (PDF)
2.  Collaborative Grant Budget_Form_2015-2017 (docx)
3.  Basic Needs Grant Basic_Needs_Budget_Form_2015-2017 (docx)
4.  Outcome Measurement Plan_Tracker Form (docx)
5.  Logic Model Guide (PDF)
6.  Sample Memorandum of Agreements:  MOA Sample 1 (docx), MOA Sample 2 (doc), MOA Sample 3 (docx), MOA Sample 4 (docx), MOA Sample 5 (pdf)
7.  Basic Needs Application Signature Page (docx)
8.  Collaborative Application Signature Page (docx)
9.  Anti-Terrorism Compliance Form (PDF)

1.  Community Impact Fund Distribution Manual: 2015-2017 (PDF)
2.  Collective Impact: The Five Conditions of Collective Impact (pdf)
3.  Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations (PDF)
4.  Aligning Collective Impact Initiatives (pdf)
5.  Catalytic Philanthropy (pdf)
6.  Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work (pdf)

About the Review Process
Proposals will be reviewed by Volunteer Review Panels, who will make funding recommendations to United Way’s Community Impact Council and Board of Directors.  The Funding Panel recommendations will be based on the completeness of the proposal, and on how well the proposal will address the chosen focus area and related priorities.  Funding Panel members will review and score each proposal according to established criteria and comparatively rank each proposal in order to formulate their recommendations to the Community Impact Council and Board of Directors.  The Board’s decisions are final, and applicants will be notified of grant awards the week of June 1-6, 2015.

Eligible applicants must be a non-profit tax-exempt health and human service organization serving residents in Marion, Polk, or Yamhill county.

More about collaborative grants
An effective collaboration will demonstrate, using the Collective Impact Framework, the roles and responsibilities of each partner in order to develop, implement, maintain, evaluate and deliver a successful project.  Each collaborative project will have a fiscal agency/backbone organization.  The fiscal agency/backbone organization accepts responsibility for receiving all funds on behalf of the collaboration, and distributing them as agreed to by the collaboration in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).  The fiscal agency serves as the backbone for the entire project by coordinating activities, services, communication, and budget.  They also maintain records suitable for auditing. This organization will hold the contract with United Way and is responsible for required reports and documents on behalf of the collaborative.
Only one application per collaborative project, per focus area, will be accepted. If a collaborative is seeking funding for a second project that addresses a second focus area, a separate proposal must be submitted.  If a collaborative project applies under more than one focus area, it is strongly suggested that the collaboration engages a different, or additional partners.