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Thank you for believing in a stronger, more hopeful community.

The funds we raise are distributed to a network of highly-vetted local nonprofits – a process which engages dozens of community volunteers to help ensure funds are invested wisely and yield results that matter.

Once funded, United Way holds each of its nonprofit partners accountable to achieving specific outcomes. For further support, we offer regular workshops for organizational and program development, as well as training about our funding priorities and program evaluation process.

WHAT TYPES OF NONPROFIT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES ARE FUNDED BY UNITED WAY?

Donor contributions to the United Way Community Fund are invested in specific, direct service programs that align to one of our six priority outcomes within the areas of education, income, and health.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS ARE NECESSARY TO APPLY FOR UNITED WAY FUNDING?

To be considered for a program grant from United Way, nonprofit organizations must have a physical presence in our four-county service area and meet our funding eligibility criteria.

HOW DOES A NONPROFIT APPLY FOR UNITED WAY FUNDING?

United Way of the Coastal Empire invites eligible nonprofits serving Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, and Liberty Counties to propose programs for funding consideration through its 2021 Community Fund. Proposals should specifically address emerging or growing community needs as a result of COVID-19, and/or inequitable access or outcomes in our priority areas of education, health or financial stability. Interested organizations should review eligibility requirements and instructions.

HOW DOES UNITED WAY MAKE ITS GRANT FUNDING DECISIONS?

United Way Community Investments staff facilitates an outcome-based evaluation process that employs dozens of trained community volunteers to serve as grant evaluators, which is overseen by a standing committee of United Way’s Board of Directors. Decisions are based on the merit of organizational and program performance and the resources available for investment.

UNITED WAY INVITES FUNDING PROPOSALS

United Way of the Coastal Empire invites eligible nonprofits serving Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, and Liberty Counties to propose programs for funding consideration through its 2021 Community Fund.

Proposals should specifically address emerging or growing community needs as a result of COVID-19, and/or inequitable access or outcomes in our priority areas of education, health or financial stability.

Interested organizations should review eligibility requirements and submit:

  1. Letter of Inquiry (see instructions below)
  2. PDF copy of your IRS 501c3 letter of determination
  3. Most recently filed IRS Form 990

Email to [email protected]

Deadline: 5:00 PM on Friday, December 4, 2020.
No proposals will be accepted after this date.


Instructions for Letter of Inquiry

Proposals should reflect the organization’s anticipated service delivery within the 2021 United Way grant year (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022).

In a 2-3 page Letter of Inquiry addressed to UWCE Community Investments, please include:

  • A brief overview of your nonprofit organization and its mission statement, history in the community, key accomplishments, and future goals
  • The community need to be addressed, clearly and compellingly describing how the need is emerging or growing as a result of COVID-19, and/or reflects inequitable access to services or outcomes in United Way priority areas of education, health or financial stability
  • A description of how your proposed program addresses the identified need –
    • Who is the target population to be served, and how will they be reached?
    • What are the specific services/activities to take place?
    • What is the length and depth of service provided to each participant? Are services designed to help with crisis/immediate needs, or does it require longer-term case management?
    • Who delivers the services proposed (staff? volunteers?) and what are their qualifications or experience?
    • Why is this the best approach to solving the problem, and what evidence or data supports this approach?
    • What other community organizations does your program partner or collaborate with?
  • Program results – if funded, how many people will be served, how will their lives will be changed by the proposed program, and how will you track and measure these outcomes/results?
  • What is the total program budget and the amount of funding to be requested from United Way? What other sources of funding currently support this program (list funding sources and amounts committed)? What other sources of funding are being explored?
Support your grant request, program development, and communications with reliable data and statistics about health and human service needs in our community:

Census.gov

Federal census data

Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition

Community dashboards and health, economic, education and quality of life indicators aligning with the Chatham County Blueprint strategic plan

County Health Rankings

County-by-county health and related social indicators, data and rankings

Get Georgia Reading

With a focus on factors that affect childhood literacy, data maps of academic, economic, health and social indicators by county, census tract, and school

Kids Count (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

Social, health, and economic indicators of child well-being

Prosperity Now

Research: Poverty in Chatham County and Savannah 2005-2017

In 2019, the Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition and United Way of the Coastal Empire commissioned an analysis of the census data to better understand barriers to economic opportunity for single, female heads of households with young children, a population which disproportionately experiences poverty in Savannah and Chatham County.

Find New Funding with the Foundation Directory Online

United Way of the Coastal Empire partners with Candid to offer the Foundation Directory Online grants database at no charge to our nonprofit community.

Grantseekers may access the Foundation Directory Online by logging in here during COVID-19. If you don’t already have an account you can register for access as well.(Please DO NOT share this link directly on social media.)

The Foundation Directory Online is intuitive and easy to learn. If you are new to grantseeking, Introduction to Finding Grants will help you get started. If you are a first time Foundation Directory Online user, watch Search By Phrase in FDO and Advanced Search & Filters in FDO

For questions or technical assistance, call United Way Community Investments at (912) 651-7700 or email [email protected]. Online chat support is also available.

Learning Pods

Helping parents, agencies and community groups supporting students in virtual learning

Tips & Tricks

Association of Fundraising Professionals – Coastal Georgia

Professional development, educational and networking

Candid Learning

Online training and resources on proposal writing, fundraising, non-profit governance, management, and starting a non-profit; free e-newsletter, and more

Candid Overdrive

Online library of free e-books on all aspects of non-profit management

Georgia Center for Nonprofits

Education, training, and resources on all aspects of non-profit management

Grants.gov

Current federal grant opportunities and online support

Nonprofit Finance Fund

Resources for understanding and managing nonprofit finances

Philanthropy News Digest (PND by Candid)

Free, weekly RFP Bulletin delivers current grant opportunities to your inbox

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