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2015-2017 Community Impact Grant - Collaborative Grants

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #149973

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $80,000 to Oregon non-profit organizations for collaborative initiatives to address community needs throughout Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties. Information sessions will be held on December 12, as well as January 9, 16 and 23. Priority areas include education, financial stability and health.

Proposed Collaborative Programs must be an integrative partnership of three or more financially distinct partner agencies with a collective objective to solve a specific social problem within one or more of the three United Way focus areas. Each partner agency must contribute staff time, services, or financial resources to the implementation of the project, beyond time spent at project meetings.

Collaborative grants must demonstrate the Collective Impact framework by identifying the partner organization’s roles and responsibilities by using the five conditions of Collective Impact: Common Agenda, Shared Measurement, Mutually Reinforcing Activities, Continuous Communication, and Backbone Support.

Examples of Collaborative Impact:

1) A Health Initiative that has multiple partners that are working together to reduce obesity within a particular region with high poverty. Partners might include local clinics, hospitals, local schools, after school programs, local churches, the health department, and neighborhoods working together through a variety of strategies to increase success and measurable outcomes. Partners agree that each will promote healthy choices, including fruit and vegetable consumption, elimination of sugar sweetened beverages, and regular physical activity with their staff and the people they serve.

They agree on a common message, and each partner reports quarterly on the process measures/program indicators developed to track impact of the project. One of the partners agrees to act as the backbone organization, scheduling project meetings, keeping minutes, staffing the development of the common message and reporting on the progress made by partners.

2) A youth literacy initiative that has multiple partners working together to improve reading levels. Partners include UW partner agencies, schools, after school programs, local reading tutors organizations, public libraries, local business and neighborhood organizations. The new partnership agrees on a target population and a set of strategies to increase reading skills and measurable outcomes based on school assessments.

The group agrees on a set of process measures and program indicators to demonstrate impact. Partners meet regularly and one provides staff that convenes the meetings, take minutes and collect progress reports from each of the partners to describe progress in meeting the program target measures.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All agencies must provide proof of 501(c)3 status.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants may wish to attend the following meetings and workshops:

Collaborative grant application information meeting: 2:00–4:00 PM at United Way’s office in Salem on December 12, 2014.

Collaborative grant application information meeting: 2:00–4:00 PM at United Way’s office in Salem on January 9, 16 & 23, 2015.

Collective Impact Webinar and round table discussion: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM at United Way’s office in Salem on February 6, 2015.

CI Community Collaborative grant technical support, small groups, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM at United Way’s office in Salem on February 13, 20, 27, 2015.

Pre-Application Information:

-March 6, 2015: Applications due by 4:00 PM
-June 1 – 6, 2015: Grant recipients are notified
-June 12, 2015: All Grantee’s Executive Directors (fiscal Agencies only), informational gatherings, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at United Way’s office in Salem.

Apply online here:

A PDF version of the application is attached below.

Proposals must be submitted online or delivered in person no later than Friday, March 6, 2015 by 4:00 PM. If you are submitting a hard copy application, the completed application and attachments must be hand delivered to United Way no later than 4:00 PM on March 6, 2015.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $80,000 total, and $40,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Grants are issued for two years, and are re-certified annually based on performance and compliance with the requirements of the funding agreement.

Contact Information:

Arturo Vargas, Community Engagement & Impact Director
(503) 363-1651 ext. 311

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley
455 Bliler Ave NE
Salem, OR 97301

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