United Way UK envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. We are committed to creating lasting change with measurable improvements for people in need in the UK’s local communities.
Every community has its own needs and aspirations, and its own resources and expertise. United Way works to bring these together, working in partnership with businesses and other charitable organisations to achieve positive change in local communities across the UK.
Give Local Grants: We will be distributing 29 small grants of £1,000
As part of our strategy, United Way UK invests in organisations that provide programmes and services that align with our strategic priorities. These priorities are long-term solutions addressing one of the following needs:● Education – including but not limited to early childhood development, school readiness and success, out of school learning opportunities, soft skills development● Income stability – including but not limited to job training, access to employment, support to obtain employment, advancing financial literacy● Health – including but not limited to mental health support, hunger prevention, access to housing
The purpose of these grants––which should be considered when applying––is to:● Create a picture of needs local to the geographic areas given● Create a picture as to what solutions best address these needs● Identify opportunities to scale existing initiatives through potential longer term funding and partnership● Demonstrate the impact donors can have on causes local to their own homes/places of work● Support the most disadvantaged or otherwise socially excluded● Fulfill our charitable aims and advance the common good
In offering these Give Local grants, United Way UK seeks organisations that have the potential to be long-term partners in our work.
Applicants must meet programmatic eligibility requirements outlined in this request for proposals.
Eligibility: who can apply?● Individuals will not be considered for funding, and all applications should be made on behalf of an organisation.● Organisations may apply for funds for core costs, to start a new programme, or for the expansion of an existing programme.● Organisations with a charitable purpose, but who are not registered charities will be considered, but may be subject to additional checks.● Only organisations with an average annual income of £300,000 or less are eligible.● Beneficiaries of the work must be positively impacted in one of these geographic areas. 1 grant will be given per location unless otherwise stated:
England: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Chingford, Coventry, Croydon, Derby, Farnborough, Gateshead, Haydock, Hayes, Leeds, Leicester x 2, Liverpool, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Oldham, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunbury, Thurrock, Watford, Wembley
Scotland: Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh
● All submissions must be signed by the CEO or equivalent.
Monitoring and EvaluationAny organisation in receipt of funding must agree to provide information and feedback on how the funding has impacted their project/programme and overall outcomes. This will include an ADDITIONAL case study and photo within 6 months of the funding being received. This will be for United Way to use publicly, while always mentioning the source and will be in addition and different to the one provided within this application. Additional feedback format and timing will be agreed with the organisation upon receipt of funding, but will be kept minimal and in relation to the modest size of the grant.
ExclusionsThis funding is not for:Start-up costs for new organisations; Medical research; Individuals; Cultural festivals; The advancement of religion; Animal welfare; Other grant making bodies; NHS Trusts; Loans or business finance; Universities; Sponsorship/marketing appeals/fundraising costs; Overseas projects/travel; Safety equipment for individual households; National or international charities; CCTV installation; Awareness campaigns without significant practical engagement
With thanks to Costco:These grants have been made possible thanks to the generosity of Costco warehouse employees. The geographic restrictions relate to the locations in which employees have been fundraising and donating. This is in association with United Way’s ‘Give Local’ campaign, encouraging people to give directly to support causes within their local community.
A Microsoft Word version of this application can be found here: https://goo.gl/emhsSZ