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2019 Capacity Grants

Grants to California Nonprofits in Western Riverside
County for Strategic Operations and Capacity Building

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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United Way of the Inland Valleys (UWIV)

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Grants of up to $1,000 to California nonprofit organizations in Western Riverside County for capacity building and strategic operations. Funding may be used for collaborative opportunities, technology upgrades, professional development (branding, leadership, fundraising, social media, etc.), or consulting/coaching.

Organizations must provide programs in the areas of education enhancements, including STEM, increasing financial stability and independence, and providing affordable and accessible housing.

More details on the program areas:

1. Education
Programs that supply/support STEM-based education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
- Tutoring or other programs that will increase the reading and math proficiency of elementary and middle school students
- Programs focused on increasing students’ interest in local colleges
- Programs focused on facilitating college/vocational preparation
- Programs focused on facilitating career placement assistance and/or training
- Programs providing English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for youth in the service area
- Programs focused on increasing high school and college graduation rates
- Programs focused on mental health awareness/prevention/treatment

2. Financial Stability (Income)
Types of programs that would fall under this category include, but are not limited to:
- Programs focused on increasing financial independence
- Programs focused on increasing employment opportunities through coaching and job preparation
- Programs focused on increasing income and savings
- Programs focused on overcoming barriers leading to financial stability

3. Housing
Types of programs that would fall under this category include, but are not limited to:
- Programs focused on improving access to affordable housing
- Programs focused on helping individuals and/or families reduce debt
- Programs focused on providing housing for foster and/or homeless youth
- Programs focused on emergency housing/shelter
- Programs focused on housing homeless

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184197

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award is $1,000.

Term of Contract:

The RFP will cover the program period of January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that provide human service programs in Western Riverside County which align with the priority funding areas of Education, Financial Stability, and Housing are eligible to apply.

The service area includes the communities of Beaumont, Banning, Cabazon, Canyon Lake, Jurupa, Lake Elsinore, Mira Loma, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Perris, Riverside, Temecula, and Wildomar.

Only organizations that hold a valid Internal Revenue Service determination letter that the organization is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization are eligible for funding. Organizations must hold a current IRS Form 990.

Funding Guidelines for Grants Awarded for 2018/2019

1. Capacity Grants cannot be used for capital expenditures such as building, plans, construction, or renovation.
2. Funds cannot be used for political campaigns.
3. Funds cannot be used for religious instruction or proselytizing.
4. Funds cannot be used for non-human service programs (such as dog shelters) but can be used for service/therapy animal programs.
5. Funds cannot be used for loan payments or deficit spending.
6. Organizations that are awarded grants will be required to submit interim semi-annual reports and must be open to occasional scheduled site visits

Pre-Application Information:

Quarter 1
- Request for Proposals (RFP) released: June 28, 2018
- Application Link released (via website and email): July 20, 2018
- Application due: August 10, 2018
- Decision letters sent: August 31, 2018

Quarter 2
- Request for Proposals (RFP) released and application link released (via website and email): September 14, 2018
- Application due October 5, 2018
- Decision letters sent October 26, 2018

Quarter 3
- Request for Proposals (RFP) released and application link released (via website and email): December 14, 2018
- Application due: January 4, 2019
- Decision letters sent: January 21, 2019

Quarter 4
- Request for Proposals (RFP) released and application link released (via website and email): March 15, 2019
- Application due: April 5, 2019
- Decision letters sent: April 26, 2019

Capacity Grants will be awarded once per year per agency.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Jennifer Thornton

Cordell Thomas

United Way of the Inland Valleys
1835 Chicago Ave., Ste. B
Riverside, CA 92507

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Western Riverside County