Community Impact Overview
Basic Needs, Education, Income, Health – The building blocks of a successful life.
United Way of the Lowcountry (UWLC) believes that everyone is entitled to basic needs, a quality education, a family- sustaining income and good health. And we’re not alone. Our focus on these priority areas were reinforced by the feedback we received from YOU, the community, through our open community conversations.
Through our funding, we work to ensure sure people get the support services they need right now, while simultaneously addressing the root causes of key issues – that’s how we create true community impact. We know that by improving education for all children, we’re setting them on the path to high school graduation and college success. We know that those children will go on to hold skilled jobs and be financially equipped to support their families. We know that good health is directly linked to a successful life.
Most importantly, we realize that when we make sure a family’s basic needs are met, and when we improve education, income and health at a community level, we all benefit.
Community Impact Process
For the upcoming funding cycle (2017-2018), UWLC is accepting applications from all 501(c)(3) health and human service organizations serving Beaufort and Jasper Counties who have a role to play in helping to address the priority area of Basic Needs and Income/Family Stability.
Agencies and organizations interested in applying to United Way of the Lowcountry, Inc. (UWLC) for funding must meet eligibility criteria for funding (phase I), provide an Intent to Submit (phase II), and undergo an initial application review (phase III). After the initial application review, the applicants who score the highest within each priority area will be invited to submit more detailed information during the final application phase (phase IV). The applications will be evaluated by community volunteers using established investment criteria. Using these criteria, volunteers provide the critical guidance needed to invest in programs that provide quality services and community partners that maintain the highest levels of accountability and transparency.
This is a competitive, open application process that funds programs in two-year cycles, with a 20% reduction in the second year allocation amount. This step down funding strategy was employed so that programs do not become dependent on United Way grant funding for service provision, and to ensure that programs have a sustainability plan in place. All programs requesting funding MUST be able to track data using a pre-approved list of standard Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) found in the next section (Goals and Key Performance Indicators)
This process will include four phases:
- Phase I: Pre-qualification Checklist – To be considered for financial investment by United Way of the Lowcountry, Inc. (UWLC), agencies/collaboratives must meet all of the minimum requirements set forth in the pre-qualification checklist. Only programs that pass the Pre-qualification checklist phase, by the June 15th deadline will be eligible for funding. Agencies will be required to demonstrate compliance by furnishing all requested documentation during the initial application phase (phase III).
- Phase II: Intent to Submit – Once UWLC has received the prequalification checklist by the deadline, the next step is to provide the “Intent to Submit”. You will need to determine which Priority Area you will be applying for funding, which goal(s) your program will be addressing, and how much you will be requesting for your program*. All programs must meet the June 30th deadline to be considered for funding in the 2017-2018 funding cycle.
*Please know that United Way funding is operational program funding, and cannot be used to fund capital expenditures or for capital improvement projects.
- Phase III: Initial Application – To make it easier to apply for funding, the NEW process only requests basic organizational and program information in the initial application phase. Please make sure to address all questions and upload all required documentation. All documentation must meet nonprofit industry standard quality. UWLC reserves the right to refuse documents that do not meet basic quality levels or are unverifiable. The software will not allow you to submit the initial application if all documentation has not been submitted. In such instances where documents are not applicable to organizations, please provide documentation to support such claims. Any applications that are incomplete or that are not submitted by 11:59 PM on July 30th will not be eligible for consideration in the 2017-2018 funding cycle.
- Phase IV: Final Application (by invitation only) – All applicants will receive notification by September 1st if their program is being invited to advance to the final application phase. During this phase applicants are requested to submit more detailed information for review by the Community Impact Committee members. Once your program is invited to participate, you will be contacted to schedule a site visit to discuss fiscal/financial accountability and outcomes your program is achieving. Any applications that are incomplete or that are not submitted by 11:59 PM on September 30th will not be eligible for consideration in the 2017-2018 funding cycle.
**Please note this is ONLY the PDF version and the official Pre-qualification Checklist must be submitted through the online grant submission process, which will begin on May 29, 2016.
Goals & Key Performance Indicators
Do you have a program you feel can help us achieve our goals in the area of Basic Needs or Income/Family Stability? Please click on the below links for a complete list of United Way’s Goals and Key Performance indicators per priority area.
To apply for Community Impact funding, click the button below.