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River Valley United Way Grants

The grant process of River Valley United Way is an open, transparent, and competitive process that allows eligible programs to apply for funding. The objective is to identify the programs that can best contribute to achieving our goals in the areas of Education, Income & Health. 

Note: Organizations interested in applying should read How to Apply for United Way Funding

For informational purposes, and to better help you prepare, here's an example of a prior funding year application UW Application Example

 

Grant Process

To be eligible, a program must:

  • Be a health and human services program that concentrates its efforts and services within the River Valley United Way service area (Pope, Johnson & Yell Counties)
  • Align with at least one of our community impact Goals
  • Meet financial criteria including: meet River Valley United Way's audit requirement, provide an annual tax return (990/990EZ), have an active Board of Directors, and an IRS determination letter verifying non-profit status of two years or more.
  • Attend a River Valley United Way Grant Writing training session.  Click here for training dates/locations/time and to RSVP

GRANT WRITING TRAINING --> APPLY FOR FUNDING --> SITE VISIT --> GRANT AWARD DETERMINATION MEETING --> BOARD APPROVAL OF AWARDS --> NOTIFICATION OF AWARDS 

Each applicant is initially reviewed by trained Community Investment Volunteers. Then, programs are evaluated for their alignment with the strategies and goals for Education, Income and Health; ability to show measurable results; and the resources it takes to obtain those results as well as financial stability and stustainability. This assessment uses a consistent and standardized tool and includes reviews of written proposals and site visits of applicants.

Throughout the review process, Best Investment Criteria are used to determine strength of the program investment based on:

  • Community Need
  • Impact & Evaluation
  • Emphasis & Effectiveness
  • Community Impact

Community Investment Panels

Community Investment Panels — comprised of corporate donors, community volunteers, and River Valley United Way Board members — help ensure that (a) evaluations and funding recommendations are aligned with RVUW goals, and (b) the process is open, fair, transparent and equitable.

If you would like to serve on a community investment panel, please contact our office  at 479-968-5089. Training of volunteers will be held in July/August 2017. The time committment for a Community Investment Volunteer is approximately 40 hours total.