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Grants to Florida Nonprofits for Programs to Address
Critical Needs of Families in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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United Way of the Florida Keys (UWFK)

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Deadline Date:

02/13/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Florida nonprofit organizations for programs to address critical needs of families in eligible regions. Funding is intended for education, food, and safety net services. Priority will be given to programs that provide direct support to residents in need. Programs should benefit residents of Monroe County.

For the 2020-21 Community Investment cycle, UWFK will support programs that meet a critical need for working families in Monroe County, providing an unduplicated service in the community impact focus areas:

  • Access to nutritious food for people in critical need; or
  • School aged, early childhood, or after care support with an educational or positive behavioral component; or
  • Safety net services providing referral and emergency assistance to residents of Monroe County.

Preference is given to programs that provide direct services to neighbors in need, sharing UWFK’s focus on serving the ALICE population. Examples include food pantries, emergency financial assistance, and childcare for working parents. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140310

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

UWFK typically funds 20-25 programs.

Term of Contract:

Dollars granted to each nonprofit agency are paid in installments beginning in July 2020 and ending in June 2021.

Program goals should be realistically attainable by June 2021, with significant progress made by December 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding is ONLY considered for:
- Agencies providing services within the focus areas listed above
- Nonprofit organizations recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, or nonprofit organizations requesting funding for a program which is a project under a 501(c)(3) faith-based organization.
- Organizations that show an appropriate ratio of fundraising and administrative overhead to that spent for the delivery of services.
- Organizations that operate in accordance with a Non-discrimination Policy in writing that outlines how an organization does not discriminate in hiring, service delivery or volunteer services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.
- Applicants that have completed the application in its entirety and submitted all required documentation (or provided a satisfactory reason why the information is not applicable) and participated in a site visit.

Funding will not be considered for:
- Individuals or for-profit organizations.
- Endowment or capital campaigns.
- Athletic associations or teams.
- Fundraising events, testimonial events or dinners and related activities such as silent auctions, raffles and walk-a-thons.
- Religious organizations if the activities serve only their membership or promote a particular religion or denomination.
- Lobbying efforts designed to influence legislation.
- Direct support for travel or tours by individuals or groups unless such travel is a critical component of an eligible program.
- Advertising other than that designed to make the public aware of available services.

Pre-proposal Conference:

UWFK will be hosting two community meetings on Wednesday, January 29, for new applicants, previous partners and any member of the public interested in more information about the community investment process or how UWFK serves Monroe County. Changes to the application process will also be discussed. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this year’s meeting, bringing both agency executives as well as grant writers.

- Lower Keys: Wednesday, January 29, 9:30-10:30 am at the Bernstein Park Community Room on Stock Island (6751 5th Street)

- Middle and Upper Keys: Wednesday, January 29, 1:00-2:00 pm at the Marathon Public Library (3251 Overseas Hwy)

Pre-Application Information:

The grant application period is January 6 to Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 5 pm EST.

Week of March 23-27, 2020: Site Visits
- UWFK staff, board and community volunteers will be visiting a site for each applicant agency submitting a full, qualifying application for an eligible program. Volunteers and staff will tour your facilities and learn about services provided. They will have reviewed your application in advance, and will ask questions. Expect approximately 10 guests to attend your 30-45 minute site visit. Specific dates and times will be set approximately two weeks prior and a site visit is required for funding eligibility.

May 2020: Funding Decisions
- Final decisions about dollar amounts awarded to each applying agency will be made by the Board of Directors. All applicants will receive notification in late May 2020.

June 8, 2020: Deadline for Adjusting Program Goals and Signing MOU
- Agencies receiving only a portion of funding requested have until June 8 to revise and resubmit their program goals. Additionally, all funded agencies must complete their MOU and upload banking information to the online portal by this date. Additional details will follow with the funding notification.

July 1, 2020: Funding Begins
- Dollars granted to each nonprofit agency are paid in installments beginning in July 2020 and ending in June 2021.

January 15, 2021 and July 16, 2021: Mandatory Progress Reports Due
- Funded agencies will use these opportunities to report quantifiable results achieved with the UWFK funding to date, and progress made toward program goals specified in the 2020-21 application.

Agencies may apply for more than one focus area. If applying for funding for more than one program, please submit separate program applications. Applying for multiple focus areas will not impact consideration.

Focus Areas:

ALICE Population:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Direct programmatic questions to:
Leah Stockton

Direct technical questions to:
Rebecca Zehr

United Way of the Florida Keys
P.O. Box 2143
Key West, FL 33045
Phone: 305-735-1929

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Monroe County

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