UWSM Grants

 United Way of South Mississippi 2017-2019 Community Impact Grants

Welcome!
 
United Way of South Mississippi is announcing a Community Impact Grant opportunity for the 2017-2019 cycle. Nonprofit organizations serving residents of Harrison, Hancock, Pearl River and Stone Counties may wish to learn more about this opportunity.  The focus of the grants is improved early learning for children up to the third grade. Interested parties may download the Request for Proposals (RFP) and the application timeline from this website.
 
There will be a meeting to provide an overview of the grant process and to answer questions on Feb 2nd at the Knight Nonprofit Center Hancock Banquet Room from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. RSVP is required. Please send the name of individuals attending to community@unitedwaysm.org  by January 31st. Another meeting will be held on Feb. 7th if needed - time and place TBA.
 
The Request for Proposals (RFP) describes a three-step process. 
 
The first step, Due Diligence is a review of the agencies’ eligibility to participate. Interested organizations should electronically submit documents listed in the RFP by February 9th to community@unitedwaysm.org. Trained volunteers will review the organizational and financial documentation to ensure applicants meet eligibility criteria. Interested organizations are encouraged to submit their documentation as early as possible. Notice of eligibility determination will be sent by February 15th.
 
Organizations that meet eligibility criteria will be invited to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by Feb. 22nd. The form for the LOI should be completed and emailed to community@unitedwaysm.org. Once LOIs are received, they will be reviewed by a trained volunteer committee who will select the most promising proposals to submit a full grant application be submitted by March 2nd. Please note that an invitation to submit a proposal does not guarantee funding
 
The Community Impact Grant Application will be submitted via an online database and training will be provided for applicants on March 22nd and 29th.
 
This Community Impact grants will support programs that enhance the opportunity for age appropriate early childhood (ages 0 – 8) development and education. United Way seeks to invest in programs that align with one of four Education Goals and Strategies. As campaign is still active, we don’t yet know how much money will be available for grants. A suggested ballpark range for grants is $30,000 – $50,000.
 
Any not-for-profit organization that meets the qualifications specified in the RFP and whose program aligns with one of UWSM’s four goals and strategies is encouraged to participate.  In particular, United Way seeks to fund holistic service delivery systems and organizations that have or intend to create formal collaborations with complimentary agencies or programs.
 
COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT PROCESS TIMELINE
 
January 20th                                                           Request for Proposal (RFP) posted on www.unitedwaysm.org
 
Feb 2nd 8:30 – 10:00                                               Q & A on the Request for Proposal and grant process -    Knight Nonprofit Center:  Hancock Banquet Room
 
Feb  7th 9:00 – 10:00                                               Q & A on the Request for Proposal and grant process – place TBA
 
Feb 9th                                                                     Legal and financial documents/ eligibility materials due to community@unitedwaysm.org
 
Feb 15th                                                                   Notice of eligibility determination is sent
 
Noon, Wed. Feb 22nd                                             Letter of Intent due to be submitted electronically to community@unitedwaysm.org
  
Friday March 10th                                                   Notice of Invitation or Decline to apply sent electronically along with instructions for receiving passwords for the Andar Community Impact Database through which proposals will be submitted.
 
Wednesday March 22nd & 29th 8:30 – 10:30        Andar online grant application database training Hancock Bank Room.
 
Noon Wednesday April 5th                                     Community Impact Grant applications due.
 
Late April through late May                                     Community Investment Team (CIT) volunteer site visits.
 
June 21st                                                               Notice of UWSM approved investments for 2017-2019
 
Please email any questions to community@unitedwaysm.org.
 

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