United Way Opens Funding Process, Asks for Letters of Interest

United Way of Greater Greensboro (UWGG) is opening its funding process and accepting Letters of Interest (LOI) from current and unaffiliated non-profit partners with programs that focus on increasing educational achievement or improving health outcomes. The shared outcome will be to reduce the number of children, adults and families experiencing the impact of generational poverty.

Non-profit organizations with programs that meet LOI requirements will be invited to submit full grant applications. Programs selected through a volunteer-led award process are eligible to receive two-year funding for 2019-2021.

Applicants can access a detailed list of funding objectives, strategies and indicators at:

www.UnitedWayGSO.org/Our-Grants

This historic move to an open funding model for increasing income and financial stability and addressing basic needs is the first of two steps in UWGG’s implementation plan. In fiscal year 2020, new and existing community partners whose services focus on increasing income and financial stability and addressing basis needs will be encouraged to submit a LOI.

NOTE: See UWGG Open Funding Model Timeline below for additional information.

 

United Way of Greater Greensboro (UWGG) Open Funding Model Timeline

 

Date Action
Summer – Fall, 2013 To determine greater Greensboro’s most urgent needs, UWGG sought public input and opinions and researched local, regional and national best practices. Poverty was identified as greater Greensboro’s most urgent need.
March 2014 UWGG Board of Directors voted to adopt the goal of “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty” to reduce the number of children, adults and families experiencing the impact of generational poverty.
Summer 2014 Meetings and group presentations were held with community partners to discuss the shift to a focus on poverty.
2015 – 2016 UWGG updated funding strategies and goals to align with Breaking the Cycle of Poverty.
June 2017 UWGG Board voted to approve an open funding model, allowing new and existing partners equal opportunity to apply for funding.
July – August, 2017 Call for Letters of Interest (LOI) shared in multiple ways

Press Release

  • UWGG Website
  • UWGG Social Media
  • Guilford Nonprofit Consortium

Grant Seeker Meetings

  • 2-3 meetings open to all grant seekers
  • Opportunity for Q&A with UWGG
  • Opportunity to review UWGG’s grant process
September 1, 2017 LOI due
September – October, 2017
  • LOI reviewed by staff and volunteers for eligibility and alignment.
  • Volunteer-led councils select programs to submit full applications.
January 27, 2018 Full applications due from qualified programs.
February – May 2018 Application review

  • Volunteer-led councils recommend funding
  • UWGG Board of Directors approve funding
  • Award letters mailed to grantees
July 1, 2018 Funding period begins for increasing income and financial stability and addressing basic needs impact areas.
July 2018 See Call for LOIs for specific timeline.
July 1, 2019 Funding period begins for Education and Health impact areas.

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