United Way of Rome & Floyd County
Letter of Intent Guidelines
- Submit one (1) electronic copy of the Letter of Intent (LOI) and 501(c)3 IRS determination letter by 5pm August 2, 2019.
- Each program may submit one LOI. A separate LOI must be completed for each program for which the organization is requesting funding.
- Each program must identify the Focus Area, Impact Area(s), and at least one corresponding Programming Need listed in the Investment Priorities chart (page 2).
- Programs that use evidence-based practices will be given higher preference.
- Collaborative interagency efforts are strongly encouraged and prioritized first. For collaborative efforts, the lead 501(c)3 organization should complete the LOI.
- Eligible organizations proposing projects that are most closely aligned with United Way of Rome & Floyd County’s impact areas will be invited to submit a full grant application. Not all organizations submitting a LOI will be invited to complete a full application. If invited, the full grant application will be due by 5pm September 20, 2019. Organizations not invited to complete a full application have the option to request an opportunity to discuss their LOI and future opportunities with the United Way of Rome & Floyd County.
- Minimum grant request is $5000 and is not to exceed 25% of an organization's overall annual budget. Funding is provided for specific programs, not overall agency operations.
- Funding decisions will be made in December 2019; allocations will commence in January 2020.
- All funded programs must submit semi-annual reports on program outcomes.
- Organizations awarded funding must sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the United Way of Rome & Floyd County and are then designated United Way Funded Partner for the awarded grant cycle.
ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY
A letter of intent may only be submitted if the following conditions apply. The organization must:
- Concentrate its efforts and services within the UWRF service areas of Rome & Floyd County
- Align with at least one of UWRF’s Focus Areas
- Be a 501(c)3 nonprofit or coalition of agencies with a nonprofit Fiscal Agent
- Adhere to good governance standards by having an annual tax return (990/990EZ), an active Board of Directors, and an IRS determination letter verifying non-profit status. A complete annual independent audit or certification of financial controls may be required based on the agency’s revenue and/or funding request
- Abide by the terms of the 2020-2021 Memorandum of Agreement for Funded Programs (MOA)
- Grant recipients should be committed to recognizing the investment of UWRF through promotional opportunities to engage the public and grow support for the partnership (see co-branding requirement in MOA)
- Deadline for submission is 5pm August 2, 2019
- Packet must be submitted electronically to email@example.com and include:
- Completed Letter of Intent
- Organization’s 501(c)3 IRS determination letter.
- Determinations and Invitations to submit a full grant application will be communicated electronically by 5pm August 16, 2019. Applications will be due by 5pm September 20, 2019.
- Questions should be directed to:
Alli Mitchell, Executive Director
United Way of Rome & Floyd County’s 2020-2021 Investment Priorities
- Middle Grades Success
- Middle Grades Mentoring
Academic and social supports for middle school students in low to moderate income families; out of school learning opportunities; medical and dental services within schools; mental health services within schools; nutrition education; family support and engagement.
Recruiting and engaging mentors for students; raising post-secondary education and career exposure; connecting youth (especially low-socioeconomic minorities) to caring adult mentors.
- Financial Independence
- Homelessness & Affordable Housing
Access to financial coaching, benefits education and enrollment, housing counseling, entrepreneurship assistance, and budget and credit counseling for low to moderate income individuals.
Helping individuals gain access to permanent housing and wrap-around services.
- Healthy Eating & Active Living
- Basic Needs Support
Access to healthier food choices for children and families; nutrition education; physical activity and education; and youth obesity prevention in low to moderate income schools/communities.
Emergency and basic needs supports for individuals and families, including clothing, food, shelter, rent and utility assistance; access to prescription assistance, primary medical, dental, vision and mental health care.