2022-2023 Community Impact Grant
WELCOME TO THE 2022-2023 COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT PROCESS!
This year, we are modifying our Community Impact Grant Cycle to give our team time to assess our grantmaking approach and priorities in an effort to deepen our impact strategy moving forward. We are emphasizing ongoing support of last year's funded agencies who are on track with meeting stated outcomes within the areas of Youth & Education and Financial Stability. However, we will consider applications from new agencies should additional funding be available after reviewing and determining funding requests for current agencies' ongoing programs. We have $340,000 available to award through the Community Impact grant program this year, which is a reduction of $89,000 from the previous year due to some COVID-related funding we were able to infuse into the process.
COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT ELIGIBILITY:
All funded partners must:
> Be registered as a 501(c)(3) with tax exempt status in the State of Colorado, a faith-based organization, or a public school district.
> Be located in Larimer County with a proposed project/program that benefits Larimer County residents.
> Be third-party accredited, or working towards accreditation by December 2022 (BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Guide Star, etc.) If you are not accredited and would like to better understand the process and requirements, we will connect you with support to become accredited.
FUNDING PRIORITIES FOR COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS ARE:
> Youth and Education » Programs with outcomes in the areas of • Kindergarten Readiness • Third Grade Reading Proficiency • High school completion • Self-sufficiency in young adults up to age 25 (i.e., successful post-secondary education completion, job training/participation opportunities, etc.) • Social-emotional health and mentoring programs when measured outcomes relate to Kindergarten readiness, 3rd-grade reading proficiency, high school completion, or postsecondary success. Child care scholarships will not be funded this year via Community Impact Grants. Please ask us about our Larimer County Child Care Fund for more information on how we are supporting families with accessing affordable care.
> Financial Stability » Programs with outcomes in the areas of • Housing Stability - Eviction Prevention - Youth Homelessness • Workforce Participation (training, coaching, job placement) • Food Stability for families and individuals of all ages • Money Management for families and individuals of all ages
WHAT COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS WILL AND WILL NOT FUND:
> Agencies may apply for funds that support » Case management • Program expenses • Tutoring • Emergency assistance funds (UW requires payments to be made directly to vendors/ landlords and not to individuals. See note above as these requests will be evaluated for eligibility for ARPA and other emergency response dollars rather than Community Impact funding.) • Payments to vendors/landlords on behalf of a client • Agency services
> We don’t fund the following activities » Marketing efforts • Event promotion • Administrators’ salaries • Early child care scholarships • Capital expenses • Land • Rent • Buildings • Real estate • Vehicles • Debt reduction • Endowment funding • Political campaigns • Activities that support a specific religious purpose (Faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for programs that address Essential Needs) • Professional development or training (see the Nonprofit Excellence Grant fund) • Discriminatory programs • Applicants who expend more than 30% of their operating budget on General & Administrative, marketing and fundraising.
UNITED WAY OF LARIMER COUNTY COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT PRE-APPLICATION PROCESS:
The purpose of the Community Impact Grant Pre Application
For currently funded agencies: To create a simplified application process for currently funded agencies (2021-2022 CI grantees) to request a funding extension for the same program that we are currently funding, and to share a progress update on outcomes with us. Currently funded agencies requesting extension funds for the same program that we funded in the 2021-2022 cycle will be given preference this funding cycle and will NOT have to submit a full application.
For new agencies OR currently funded agencies applying for a different/revised program than what we are currently funding: This year, our Community Impact Committee will give preference to our currently funded agencies requesting funds for the same program that we funded in the 2021-2022 cycle, but they will consider requests from new agencies OR currently funded agencies applying for a different/revised program than what we are currently funding should additional funding be available. If additional funding is available, the Community Impact Committee will invite selected agencies forward to submit a full application to be considered.
Timeline of Activities
Community Impact grant cycle opens on June 30th
Pre-Application period is open for 2.5 weeks (June 30th - July 20th)
New Applicants and Currently Funded Agencies requesting funds for a new/revised program are invited to submit a full application. Application period is open for 2.5 weeks (August 22nd - September 7th)
Some site visits to new/relatively new agencies may occur
Our Community Impact Committee groups meet to discuss applications
Our Community Impact Committee will meet to allocate awards and provide funding suggestions for UWLC's Board to approve
First payments issued (second payments will be issued in June 2023)
The Pre-Application Stage should not take longer than 15-30 minutes if you have all the information you need at the ready to submit.
You will need to fill out the Agency Profile Form, complete the Pre-Application questions, and upload your financial statements and anti-discrimination statement during this stage. Below is the information you will need to have ready to submit your pre-application:
> Agency Profile Form Questions »
- Legal Name of Organization
- Mailing Address & Physical Address if different
- Website 400
- Application Contact
- Org Year Founded
- Mission or Purpose Statement
- Geographic Area Served (specific to this application) (Choose all of the locations that you serve including: All of Larimer County, Fort Collins, Loveland, Estes Park, Berthoud, Other – text box)
- Number of full-time employees, number of part-time employees, and number of volunteers
> Community Impact Grant Pre-Application Questions »
- Project/Program Name
- For currently funded agencies:
- Please share with us if there have been any changes to your program. (Max 400 words)
- What amount of funds are you requesting for your program for this next year? Please share how you plan to use these funds. (Max 400 words)
- Please share where you are at in meeting the outcome targets you outlined for the year. If you are not meeting those targets, why? (Max 400 words)
- What are your target outcomes for this upcoming year? (Max 400 words)
- Please complete the program budget provided in the application.
- Please upload your anti-discrimination statement (if it has changed), your org budget, as well as your current (year-to-date) financial statements and your most recent year-end financial statements.
- For new agencies or currently funded agencies submitting an application for a new/revised program:
- Which of our funding priority areas does your program fall under? (dropdown list)
- Does your agency have a third-party nonprofit accreditation?
- Does your program benefit residents outside of Larimer County? If yes, how will you ensure these funds are directed to Larimer County residents? (Max 400 words)
- Is your agency actively working to advance racial equity within your organization and/or our community? You will be asked to elaborate on this in the full application. (Max 400 words)
- Grant amount requested
- Please provide a brief description of how this funding will be used, including what percentage of your total program budget is being requested in this proposal. (Max 400 words)
- Please provide a brief description of the program and the issue or opportunity you are addressing. (Max 400 words)
- What is the change you are hoping to accomplish with this program? Please share what outcomes you hope to achieve here written as SMART goals. (Max 400 words)
- Please upload your anti-discrimination statement. If selected to move forward to the full application round, we will ask you to upload your org budget, program budget, financial documents, proof of IRS federal tax-exempt status, and proof of third-party accreditation then.