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Community Investment Mini-Grants Program

Grants to California Nonprofit, Schools,
and Agencies to Benefit Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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United Way of Merced County

LOI Date:

02/14/20

Deadline Date:

04/17/20 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of $2,000 to California nonprofit organizations, schools, and governmental organizations to enhance the quality of life for residents in eligible communities. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support programs that promote education, financial stability, and health. This program should benefit the residents of Merced County.

United Way of Merced County is committed to creating lasting change with measurable improvements for people in need.  Our vision is to create a thriving community where adults and children have access to education, financial stability and good health, which are the building blocks to self-sufficiency and a high quality of life. As part of that commitment, United Way of Merced County invests in organizations that provide programs and services that align with our strategic priorities.

United Way of Merced County has shifted to a community impact model and will be aligning the majority of our donor dollars to focus on a specific outcome(s) to be determined during each planning year.  

Focus Areas:

Education: School Success, Increase graduation rates, Health Education, Improving student literacy

Academic and social supports for students in low to moderate-income families; out of school learning opportunities; social, cognitive and emotional well-being, medical, and dental services.

Programs that help increase the number of students graduating from high school and preparing for employment. Areas may include: school readiness, literacy, early grade reading proficiency, middle grade success, high school graduation, and post-secondary success – Vocational education or college graduation.

Financial Stability: Financial Independence

Access to financial coaching, free tax preparation; benefits enrollment, housing counseling, entrepreneurship assistance, emergency assistance, financial management workshops and credit counseling for low to moderate-income.

Health: 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. 

Organizations may apply for funds to start a new program or for the expansion of an existing program.

Grant funding can be used for operational, administrative, staffing and supply expenses required to support the program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183577

Number of Grants:

6

Estimated Size of Grant:

$2,000 Mini-Grants

Term of Contract:

Program period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that provide health and human service programs and services in Merced County are eligible to apply. Organizations must also be nonprofit, 501(c)(3) status or other tax exempt status. Applications for funding programs of schools and governmental organizations will be considered as long as they are specific and discrete programs/projects and not eligible for tax funding.

- Community Investment Grants cannot be used for capital expenditures such as building, plans, construction or renovation.
- Funds cannot be used for political campaigns
- Cannot be used for faith-based programs
- Cannot be used for animal and other non-human service programs
- Cannot be used for loan payments or deficit spending
- Cannot be used for services normally supported by tax dollars

Pre-Application Information:

In order to be considered your request must be submitted before April 17th 2020 at 4 PM.

Application Timeline:
- January 21, 2020 (Monday): Request for Proposals (RFP) published (social media & website) Letter of Intent (LOI) form emailed to all past eligible grantees and other known prospective new grantees
- February 14, 2020 (Friday): Completed Letters of Intent submission due (4 pm)
- February 21, 2020 (Friday): CIC sub-committee and United Way Board of Directors reviews Letters of Intent and invites agencies to submit full application
- April 17, 2020 (Friday): Completed Grant Applications due by 4:00 PM
- April 20, 2020 (Monday): Applications available to Community Investment Committee (CIC)
- May 13, 2020 (Wednesday): CIC prepares funding recommendations for Board
- May 27, 2020 (Wednesday): Board of Directors review and approval of Community investment funding for FY 2020-2021
- June 1, 2020 (Monday): MOU’s go out for signature. Need to be returned by July 1st.

To receive the Letter of Intent document and the Funding Timeline document concerning the timely and appropriate submittal of all required documents necessary to be considered for funding contact United Way of Merced.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

United Way of Merced County
531 W. Main Street
Merced, CA 95340

info@unitedwaymerced.org

Manuel Alvarado, Chief Executive Officer
Office: 209-383-4242
ceo@unitedwaymerced.org

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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