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Community Impact Grant Program

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and Agencies to Benefit
Communities in Polk, Yamhill, and Marion Counties

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Foundation / Corporation

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United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley

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Deadline Date:

09/15/19 5:00 PM PST


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Grants ranging from from $5,000 to $25,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and government agencies in Polk, Yamhill, and Marion Counties to benefit local communities. A Letter of Inquiry is required prior to submission of the full proposal. Funding is intended to support innovative community programs in a broad range of areas that include, but are not limited to, homelessness, housing, environment, education, and social innovation.

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley strives to go beyond temporary fixes to create lasting change. Grant focus areas align with the most pressing community needs and United Way priorities. Community Impact Grants are designed to be one-time investments to strengthen an existing program or catalyze a new project or initiative. The United Way is looking to fund existing programs that have significant impact and encouraging new, innovative solutions.

2019 Funding Focus Areas:

1. Homelessness and Housing Innovation – The United Way awards funding to community partners who are implementing innovative, solution-oriented responses that address the region’s homelessness and housing crises. They fund existing or new initiatives that provide supportive services, offer emergency, transitional or long-term shelter, or develop new affordable housing units.

2. Building a Thriving Community – The United Way awards funding to community partners who are implementing innovative programs that help the region to be a healthy, livable place to call home. This focus area is intentionally broad, and they will invest in existing or new initiatives that address basic needs, children and families, education, vulnerable populations (especially seniors, women, and veterans), the arts, environment, and social innovation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183489

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests can range in size from $5,000-$25,000.

The United Way plans to distribute a total of $100,000 in funding for each focus area, for a total of $200,000 this cycle.

United Way intends to split funds evenly between Salem-Keizer (including W. Salem), Polk County, Yamhill County, and rural Marion County. Dependent upon proposals received, this would be $25,000 per geographic area for each of the focus areas.

Term of Contract:

This is a one-time grant for up to 12-months, not a recurring source of funding. Projects/programs must utilize all funds within 12-months (November 1 or later start date).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility requirements include:

- Organizations that either: a) have established their 501(c)(3) status as a not-for-profit organization (not a private foundation); or b) have tax exemption as a governmental, tribal or other publicly funded entity; or c) have a qualified, tax-exempt fiscal sponsor
- Serve Marion, Polk, and/or Yamhill counties
- Have strong board involvement and organizational leadership
- Have a history of collaboration within the community
- Have a proven program or new vision for positive impact in the community

The United Way seeks proposals from organizations that address one of the two 2019 funding focus areas indicated on the RFP.

Faith-based organizations are eligible to apply if the project/program does not exclude services on a religious basis. If the organization engages in explicitly religious activities, they must do so separately from the time and place of the program/project funded through the Community Impact Grant Program.

Individuals, lobbying groups, and organizations involved in advocacy activities are not eligible for funding.

Activities Typically Not Eligible for Funding:

- Annual fund appeals or contributions to endowments
- Scholarships or re-granting programs
- Individual public schools or private schools
- Purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decisions
- Deficit funding
- Lobbying to influence legislation
- Religious activities

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process and Timeline:

- Request for Proposal (RFP) released: June 1, 2019
- Letter of Inquiry (LOI) application window open: June 1, 2019 – July 15, 2019
- Letter of Inquiry (LOI) due: July 15, 2019 (5 p.m.)
- Notification re: Invitations for Full Proposals: August 1, 2019
- Full Proposal Workshop (only invitees): August 2, 2019 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at United Way
- Full Proposals due (only invitees): September 15, 2019 (5 p.m.)
- Grant review period: September 15 – October 31, 2019
- Funding decisions: By November 1, 2019
- Community Event/Check Presentation: November 15, 2019 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at United Way

Organizations may submit only one grant application for this cycle.

Applicant organizations must have at least 25% in committed matching funds for leverage.

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Contact Information:

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

To submit the LOI:

For questions, please contact Kim Hanson, Director of Community Investment and Innovation, at 503-363-1651 or email

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley
455 Bliler Avenue NE
Salem, Oregon 97301

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties