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Grants to Frederick County, Maryland
Nonprofits to Help Struggling Households

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United Way of Frederick County

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02/18/18 Midnight


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Grants to Frederick County, Maryland nonprofit organizations to promote financial stability, health, and education for struggling households. LOIs are due January 12. After LOIs are reviewed, applicants deemed eligible will be required to attend a January 18 information session.

United Way of Frederick County envisions a community that offers opportunities for everyone to succeed. United Way has identified that one in three working households in the community have hidden financial struggles and are one emergency away from falling into poverty. United Way is implementing this grant making program to help struggling households thrive.

United Way will invest in local programs aligned with the goals and strategies of the Community Impact Strategy Map, a roadmap for addressing education, financial stability and health challenges facing Frederick County households. To achieve the goals outlined in the Community Impact Strategy Map, United Way will focus its resources on a limited set of investment areas where organizations can make the greatest impact and contribute to significant outcomes.

United Way will award grants to outstanding nonprofits that address the three interconnected and multigenerational Community Impact goals. United Way will only consider applications that produce intersecting outcomes in the three focus areas.

Applicants must meet programmatic eligibility requirements outlined in this request for proposals and be in compliance with United Way agency standards. United Way awards Community Impact Partner Grants based on a competitive and community-driven process.

ALICE Report for Maryland:

Since 1938, United Way of Frederick County has set and achieved ambitious goals, fighting for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the Frederick community. Specific program objectives and strategies allowed United Way to achieve these goals, supported primarily though workplace giving.

In 2010, a major transformation started that expanded the mission and goals of United Way beyond workplace giving. United Way began measuring outcomes, impact and service delivery in a strategic manner by setting long-term goals to advance the common good. With the focus and renewed emphasis on collaborative programming, collaboration became the new business model.

The 2017 release of a groundbreaking report has changed how United Way of Frederick County focuses its resources in the community. Researchers identified a large number of hardworking families who are struggling financially. This report documented a population defined as ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The report considered local data about the cost of living and employment conditions, which was not considered in the national federal poverty level. The United Ways of Maryland worked together to produce an ALICE Report for the state which was released in January 2017 and confirmed recent trends observed in local communities.

In Frederick County, 32% of households are considered ALICE families who are struggling to afford the basic household necessities. According to the report, households at or below the ALICE threshold exist in every part of Frederick County - urban, suburban, and rural.

While ALICE isn’t necessarily in federally defined poverty, they aren’t thriving either. Often ALICE is one small crisis or unexpected setback away from sliding under the federal poverty level, or worse, homelessness. The difference between making it, or not, each month can come down to simple things such as a car repair, a doctor’s visit, or other unexpected expenses.

When ALICE households cannot make ends meet, they are forced to make difficult choices such as forgoing health care, quality child care, healthy food, or car insurance. These “savings” threaten their health, safety, and future – and they reduce productivity and raise insurance premiums and taxes for everyone. The whole community is impacted as ALICE lives with these deficits.

The implications of the ALICE report are generational and interconnected. When ALICE children are not prepared to enter kindergarten, it impacts local school systems. When ALICE cannot afford preventative healthcare, they are more likely to place future strain on the healthcare system and emergency services. And the cycle continues. The costs are high for both ALICE families and the wider community if action is note taken. The challenges faced by ALICE have been obscured, until now.

Thanks to the ALICE Report, United Way has begun to more strategically identify those who have hidden financial struggles. The report has led United Way to identify specific strategies to help meet the needs of those struggling in the local community.

United Way’s new 5-year Strategic Plan lays out ambitious goals based on these findings. Through the Prosperity Center, grant making programs, and other activities, United Way seeks to help ALICE households obtain the tools they need to achieve financial stability and a better future.

Community Impact Strategy Map:

To achieve the greatest results through the investment of Community Impact Partner Grants, United Way has adopted a strategy that focuses resources and efforts in intersecting impact areas: Education, Financial Stability, and Health. Within each impact area, United Way has set goals that will be the focus of all funding for the Community Impact Partner Grants.

Education - Helping individuals achieve their potential through education Goals:
-Early Childhood Development
-School Readiness & Success
-Post-High School Graduation Preparation & Career Readiness

Financial Stability - Helping households become financially stable and independent Goals:
-Continuing Education
-Safe & Reliable Transportation
-Stable Housing

Health - Helping support safe, stable, and nurturing relationships & environments Goals:
-Trauma Prevention, Treatment, and Awareness
-Improved Behavioral Health
-Eliminating Health Disparities

Funding Criteria:

-Concentration on ALICE Populations: Over the next three years through its Community Impact Partner Grant Program, United Way will focus on addressing the most pressing needs of the ALICE population. Consequently, at least 75% of the target population must be from the Demographic Priorities List identified in the Community Impact Strategy Map.

-Alignment with Community Impact Strategy Map: Using the Community Impact Strategy Map, applicants must identify a primary focus area in - education, financial stability or health - and choose at least one goal in that focus area. Applicants must describe how they will meet at least one outcome of the selected goal(s) and identify what indicators they will use to evaluate success. Additionally, the grant must address how the program will achieve at least one intersecting outcome in one of the other two focus areas. For example, if the primary focus area is Financial Stability and the goal is Safe and Reliable Transportation, an outcome in an intersecting focus area might be to Improve access to necessary health care services under the goal of Eliminating Health Disparities in the Health impact area.

Applications that do not specifically address at least one goal and identify at least two outcomes from different impact focus areas on the Strategy Map will not be considered.

-Creation of a Logic Model: Applicants must complete a logic model that visually displays how your proposed program will work. It shows the relationships among the resources you have or need to operate your program, the activities you plan to do, and the results you hope to achieve.

This model will help in planning and writing your grant. It will help you engage staff in identifying resources, planning activities, quantifying the results of your proposed program, assessing outcomes-both short-term and long-term, and meeting the overarching goal. You will find more detailed instructions on completing a logic model in the application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139114

Term of Contract:

Over the next three years—from July 2018 through June 2021, United Way will provide financial support to programs aligned with the Community Impact Strategy Map through annual grants. Based on United Way’s availability of resources, grants awarded for 2018-19 will be renewable for two additional years for programs in good standing and in compliance with reporting requirements.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To apply for this grant, your agency must attest that it is in compliance with each of the following:
-Be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status as a public charity or a public nonprofit organization authorized to receive tax deductible donations.
-Have an address and provide services in Frederick County, MD.
-Operated for a minimum of two years in and have audited or reviewed financial statements in compliance with the State of Maryland Charitable Organizations Division. If an agency has annual charitable contributions of less than $300,000, please follow the directions in the application as to what to submit.
-Registered with the State of Maryland Charitable Organizations Division.
-Certify adherence to the USA Patriot Act.
-Meet county, state and federal regulations pertaining to proper licensing, health and safety requirements, and operations within the State of Maryland.
-Meet United Way of Frederick County’s goal of providing direct services to ALICE and vulnerable populations identified in the supporting Demographic Priorities List in the Community Impact Strategy Map.
-Maintain an active volunteer engagement program.

If your agency is a current recipient of a Community Impact Partner Grant, you must also be in compliance with the requirements of the signed agreement with United Way.

United Way of Frederick County does not award grant funding to:
-Individuals or stipends given directly to individuals
-Endowment funds
-Fundraising events
-Debt or existing obligations
-Capital projects or improvements
-Organizations or programs designed to elect candidates to public office
-Programs located outside of Frederick County

Pre-proposal Conference:

After screening the Letters of Interest, United Way staff will contact eligible applicants to invite them to attend a mandatory information session. This session will allow applicants the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the new Community Impact Strategy Map, and walk through the grant application process.

United Way staff and the Community Impact Committee chair will lead the mandatory information session for all eligible applicants on Thursday, January 18, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Bernard W. Brown Community Center, 629 N. Market Street.

Pre-Application Information:

All interested applicants must submit an online formal Letter of Interest by midnight on Friday, January 12, 2018.

Applicants must submit their final grant application by midnight on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

2018-2021 Community Impact Partner Grant Timeline:
-RFP Available Online: December 19, 2017
-Deadline to Submit Letter of Interest: January 12, 2018
-Notification of Eligibility to Apply: January 16, 2018
-Mandatory Information Session for Eligible Applicants: January 18, 2018
-Deadline to Submit Application: February 18, 2018
-Review of All Eligible Applications: February – March 2018
-In-person Interviews with Selection Committee: April 2018
-Final Recommendations to Executive Committee: May 2018
-Board Approval: May 2018
-Grant Awards Announced: May 2018
-Mandatory Grantee Orientation: June 2018
-Grant Cycle Begins: July 1, 2018

Community Impact Strategy Map:

Contact Information:

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

Submit an LOI:

Malcolm Furgol, Director of Community Impact

United Way of Frederick County
629 N. Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701

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