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Grants to Nebraska and Iowa Nonprofits for Programs Focused on Basic Needs, Financial Stability, and Education for Vulnerable Residents

Community Care Fund Grant


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Funding Source
Community Care Fund
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Geographic Focus
USA: IowaNebraska

Important Dates
Conference Date: 09/28/23
LOI Date: 10/31/23
Deadline: 01/31/24 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Nebraska and Iowa nonprofit organizations for programs addressing economic and social disparities to benefit economically vulnerable residents in eligible locations. Applicants must submit a letter of intent and meet with staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to support programming in the areas of basic needs, education, and financial stability. Funded programs must primarily serve the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.

United Way of the Midlands’ (UWM) Community Care Fund was established to support a broad portfolio of impactful area programs-ensuring the community has a strong network of health and human services that form a Circle of Support. 

UWM’s focus is to serve those living in poverty – helping their most vulnerable neighbors stand strong and work toward independence.

Focus Areas Include:

  • Basic Needs: Crisis Response, Health and Well-Being
  • Education: Youth and Family Engagement
  • Financial Stability: Economic Mobility

For details on each of the above areas, please see the document listed (second) in Supporting Documents below.

Funds may support general program operating, specific program salary, program supplies and equipment, program direct assistance, and other program expenses.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
UWM does not fund organizations; they provide grants to programs. Requirements are as follows:
• Have 501c3 (not-for-profit) status, or a 501c3 fiscal sponsor
• Programming primarily serves economically vulnerable populations
• Programming primarily serves the Omaha Metropolitan area. Note: UWM prioritizes investments in specific communities within the Omaha Metropolitan area to maximize their impact.
• Programming focused on one of the following: Crisis Response, Health and Well-Being, Youth and Family Engagement, Economic Mobility.
• UWM investment request cannot exceed 50% of the total program budget.
• Organizations with revenues over $500,000 must submit board approved financial statements and 990.
• Commitment and ability to report required client-level demographics are results based accountability metrics for each funded program.

Additional Geographic Information:

Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area

The following will not be funded:
Sponsorships, annual funds, galas, or other special event fundraising activities, conferences or events, capital campaigns or new building construction (“bricks and mortar”), debt reduction, endowment funds, dissertations, theses or student research, sectarian religious activities, political lobbying, or legislative activities, support to individuals including tuition, loans, fellowships, or grants, strategic planning or community research, collective impact/backbone organizations.

Pre-Proposal Conference
LOI Preparation Meetings:
Meetings will take place on September 25th At 9:00am and September 28th At 2:00pm.
Email to receive an invitation to a virtual preparation meeting.

Due Diligence Meetings:
Due Diligence Meetings will be held with UWM Community Investment staff from November 1-December 21 with all qualifying LOI submissions. A member for the CI team will reach out to your designated contact (as per your LOI) with a date and time for your Due Diligence meeting. These meetings are intended to flush out any potential questions or clarifications prior to application submission. Based on the Due Diligence meeting your program will be invited to apply for the UWM Community Care Fund.

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
• LOI Preparation meetings: September 25 at 9:00 a.m. and September 28 at 2:00 p.m.
• LOI submission deadline: October 31, 2023 5:00 PM
• Due Diligence meetings: November 1-December 21, 2023
• Application Preparation meetings: Early January
• Application submission: January 8-January 31, 2024 5:00 PM
• Community review period: February 1-May 31, 2024. During this period clarification questions may be asked.
• Announcement of awarded proposals: June, 2024

- The Letter of Intent will be available to agencies on October 2 and can be completed online. The LOI must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on October 31. Applicants are encouraged to submit the LOI well before the deadline.
- Due Diligence Meetings will be held with UWM Community Investment staff from November 1-December 21 with all qualifying LOI submissions. All applicants are required to complete a due-diligence meeting. Based on the Due Diligence meeting your program will be invited to apply for the UWM Community Care Fund.
- The Grant Application will be available to agencies on January 8 and can be completed online. You will receive an email inviting you to apply for the application via the WizeHive account that you created upon the submission of your LOI. Application materials and additional guidance will be provided in January; a Full Partnership Guide will be provided to organizations invited to apply for funding. The application must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on January 31. Agency training regarding application content, financial requirements and the WizeHive system will be held in early January.

Only one new program is allowed. An agency can only apply for funds for one program not previously supported by UWM.

Estimated Size of Grant
Requests should be at least $25,000. New programs may not request more than $25,000. Note: This should be a one year amount. (It should be noted that an agency can only apply for funds for one program not previously supported by UWM.)

Most grant awards for returning applicants will fall between $50,000-$75,000.

The UWM portion of programming amount requested should be no more than 1/2 of total program budget.

Term of Contract
UWM is committed to investing in program beginning July 1, 2024 for a two-year cycle ending June 30, 2026.

The two-year investment cycle is intended to lay a foundation that will assist programs in their efforts to continuously improve and track outcomes over time. However, the continuation of funding for programs after the first year in the investment cycle is contingent upon the adherence to all requirements in the Grant Agreement and availability of UWM funds.

Contact Information
To submit the Letter of Intent:
Please note that the online portal will open on 10/01/2023 at 08:00 AM Eastern Time; at this time you will be able to create your agency profile and begin your Letter of Intent.

For questions, please email

United Way Of The Midlands
2201 Farnam Street
Omaha, Ne 68102

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