2020-2021 Request for Proposals
United Way Community Impact Grants
United Way of Rome and Floyd County (UWRF) is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for its 2020-2021 Community Impact Grants process. The RFP will cover the program period of January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021. Grants will be awarded for a period of one year (January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020), with the second year renewal based strictly on the availability of funds, program performance (outcomes) and compliance with the terms of the grant agreement.
UWRF is committed to creating lasting change with measurable improvements for people in need in Rome and Floyd County. As a convener, collaborator and catalyst for change, our vision is to create a thriving community where adults and children have access to our Focus Areas: Education, Financial Stability & Health, the building blocks to self-sufficiency and a high quality of life. While our community has responded to critical obstacles to these Focus Areas with unprecedented generosity, challenges persist and more local residents continue to be held in the cycle of poverty. Our organization has therefore shifted from one that exists solely to raise funds for a variety of good causes toward a more focused, strategic convener of community change.
Our vision is achieved primarily through partnerships with high performing local organizations providing programs that align with our Strategic Priorities. UWRF seeks a balance of qualitative and quantitative results and works to achieve a combination of funding that will ensure community results and achieved outcomes. All applicants must address their impact in one or more of UWRF’s Focus Areas (Education, Financial Stability, and Health) and achieve measurable results that demonstrate this effort to be eligible for funding.
UWRF’s Community Investment Grants are awarded through an open, transparent, and competitive process that convenes community members to maximize local impact of community resources. The objective is to identify and prioritize programs that can best contribute to achieving the community’s goal of reducing poverty.
Eligibility for Funding & Types of Grants
To be eligible to apply for a UWRF grant, a program must:
UWRF does NOT typically fund:
While these causes are important to the vibrance of our communities, they do not fit the focus of UWRF’s Community Impact work.
Types of grants awarded by UWRF:
United Way of Rome & Floyd County’s 2020-2021 Investment Priorities
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.
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.
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.
Funding Guidelines for Grants Awarded for 2020-2021
UWRF recognizes the importance of collecting and utilizing data for use in articulating how the work you do translates into a valuable return on investment and impact in our communities. The following is a list of suggested program outcomes. All applicants are required to report on number of unduplicated individuals to be served by the grant award. All applicants are required to select and report on a minimum of six (6) Outcome measures in the Program Area that you are requesting funds. The reporting requirements are as follows:
United Way Outcomes
(specify # Adolescents and # Adults)
(specify # Adolescents and # Adults)
(specify # Adolescents (60 mins daily) and # Adults (150 minutes weekly)
Application & Awards Timeline
June 30, 2019
☛ RFP published, including LOI Guidelines
August 2, 2019
☛ LOI submission Deadline (5 pm) via email
☛ UW responds by August 16 (5 pm) via email
August 16, 2019
☛ Grant application emailed to approved Organizations
August 20 (9-10am) & August 23 (1-2pm)
☛ Grant Information Sessions, United Way office,
14 John Davenport Drive, Rome, GA
September 20, 2019
☛ Completed Grant Applications due (5 pm) via email
September 30, 2019
☛ CIT Appointments set with Organizations
October 1 - November 30, 2019
☛ Community Impact Grant Review Process
November 1, 2019
☛ Organizations present program proposals to full CIT*
*Participation in this opportunity is optional
By November 30, 2019
☛ Award recommendations approved by UWRF Board
☛ Organizations notified
January 15, 2019
☛ Funded Partner Training Breakfast
☛ First Allocation Checks Presented
Grant Review Process
A Community Impact Team (CIT) comprised of engaged and knowledgeable volunteer community members who live and work in our community and are familiar with the needs of the community will take into account the unique assets and needs in each community and evaluate all programs and their applications.
CIT members are recruited from across Rome and Floyd County to ensure a thorough understanding of local needs and representation from all communities served by UWRF. CIT members are thoroughly vetted for any conflicts of interest and may not be employed by any Organization or program seeking UWRF funding. Each CIT member spends time vetting and identifying the programs that best align with our work in Education, Financial Stability, & Health. A list of each campaign’s CIT members will be made public on the UWRF website.
Programs are evaluated for their alignment with UWRF Community Impact goals, financial and organizational management, collaboration with other organizations, capacity to achieve projected goals, ability to show measurable results, and the resources it takes to obtain those results. A CIT member will do a site visit of each applicant Organization. A representative from each applicant program will also be given the opportunity to answer questions and make a brief presentation to the CIT during the review process. The CIT will make funding recommendations to UWRF’s Board of Directors, who will make the final decision on grant awards.
Due to 2019 significant UWRF organizational, grants process and partnership agreement changes, all Organizations will be considered new applicants for the 2020-2021 application process. For subsequent RFP’s, 2020-2021 funded United Way Partner Nonprofit Organizations may expect to be evaluated on additional measures, including compliance with annual MOA, pursuit of supplemental funding sources, delivery of promised results, and support of the UWRF partnership.
For questions related to the RFP, LOI, and grant application, please contact Alli Mitchell, UWRF Executive Director, at email@example.com or 706-622-1990.
We at United Way of Rome & Floyd County appreciate your dedication, passion, leadership, and partnership in making Rome & Floyd County a place where Everyone Counts. United, we can make a difference in the lives of those who need us most and create a stronger community and brighter future for us all.