FOR NONPROFITS

Is your nonprofit making an impact on childhood education, youth success, economic mobility, and access to healthcare? If you are changing lives in Wayne and Union counties, we encourage you to learn more about how we can support you! We facilitate funds and partnerships for local nonprofits and organizations that align with our goals. Find out more about how United Way Whitewater Valley can partner with your organization.

Important Dates

Annual Grant Cycle

  • Open – November 10, 2021
  • Close – December 10, 2021
  • One member of your organization must attend the grant kick off meeting to be eligible to apply. Meeting details coming soon. 

Resources

Grant Report Template

2021-2022 Instructions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of questions that we are frequently asked about our funding guidelines. Should you have any further questions, or need assistance, please contact the United Way’s office.

Who is eligible to apply?

Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) or 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a). Hospitals, educational institutions, and governmental institutions meeting these requirements are eligible to apply. Organizations that have completed and filed Form 1023 but not yet received an IRS determination letter are not eligible to apply. The United Way does not make grants or loans to individuals.

A member of your organization (director, staff, board member) MUST attend a UW kick off meeting to be eligible to apply for the grant.

How do I apply for a grant?
How do I apply for a grant?
All applicants must complete an electronic application, through Survey Monkey. You will receive a word “working document” to spend time answering your questions. This document will give you the opportunity to correct, edit, and save prior to accessing the online application. Once you have completed the “working document”, access the online application and copy and paste your answers in the spaces provided.
What are the deadlines for applying?

Timeline for application processing:

  • Kick Off Meeting – November, TBD, 2021
  • Grant opens – November, TBD, 2021
  • Grant Closes – December, TBD, 2021 all applications are due by that day/time, no exceptions
  • Grant Allocation Committee will receive formal funding applications in January 2022. The Grant Allocation Committee may request a personal interview with the organization who applied for further clarification of your application.
  • March 2022: Funding decisions will be announced via email/letter to the organization.
If my formal application is declined, will you explain why it was rejected or critique the proposal?
United Way Whitewater Valley has limited financial resources; we are only able to fund a small percentage of qualified applicants. This means many excellent projects, even ones that fall within our areas of interest, may not be funded. Please understand that a rejection of your proposal does not mean that the project lacks merit. Applicants may request a meeting with the United Way President and representatives of the Grant Allocation Committee, to discuss the reasons for declining a request.
Who reviews the formal proposals?

Formal proposals will be reviewed by the Grant Allocation Committee ,which developed the objectives/strategies, and then recommendations are presented to the Board of Directors

There has been a lot of discussion regarding “outcomes” and “impact”. What do these terms mean?
“Outcome” measures the change that has occurred because of a program. For example, your process evaluation might confirm that 200 people have completed your skills-training program. An outcome evaluation would tell you how many of those demonstrated increased confidence, changed behaviors, found jobs because of the new skills, etc. Thus “outcomes” may be “data driven”.

“Impact” looks at the long-term, deeper changes that have resulted from that program. This type of evaluation could, suggest that the changes to your skills-training participants’ lives will continue over time or be a result of changed behaviors or increased confidence. Thus “impact” may be illustrated by a story that explains the changes.

While the outcome evaluation tells us what kind of change has occurred, an impact evaluation paints a picture as to how a program might have affected participants’ lives on a broader scale.

Do you fund newly established nonprofits?
We will consider applications from start-up nonprofits that are certified as tax exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) or 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a). Hospitals, educational institutions, and governmental institutions meeting these requirements are eligible to apply.

Organizations that have completed and filed Form 1023 but not yet received an IRS determination letter are not eligible to apply. The United Way does not make grants or loans to individuals.

Do you have any geographic restrictions?
Wayne and Union Counties in Indiana

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