Community Impact Grants

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Grant Application Process

Who is Eligible? 

Organizations who:

  • are tax-exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and units of government. 
  • provide health and human program services in Pope, Johnson, or Yell County, Arkansas.
  • advance our goals in the area of health, education, and financial stability.


River Valley United Way does not grant funds for: 

  • individuals
  • endowment funds
  • religious organizations for religious purposes
  • sports teams/groups
  • capital campaigns
  • building funds/renovations
  • animal welfare
  • fundraising activities or events
  • umbrella funding organizations that intend to distribute funds at their own discretion
  • political lobbying or legislative activities
  • multi-year commitments

Key Considerations

River Valley United Way encourages grant requests for projects or programs that:

  • are likely to have a substantial impact on individuals and families living in Pope, Johnson, and Yell County, Arkansas.
  • partner with River Valley United Way to provide practical solutions to the health, education, and financial stability challenges facing River Valley residents.
  • actively engage with others in the community to address community challenges.
  • successfully leverage other sources of support including volunteers, funding, or community involvement.
  • work with others to eliminate or minimize duplication of services.
  • are sustainable over time.

How it Works

Community Impact Grants are one of the ways River Valley United Way invests donations back into our communities. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.  In the Arkansas River Valley, we focus on health, education, & financial stability. Programs awarded funding work to improve the lives of local people in Pope, Johnson and Yell Counties in Arkansas.  Trained community volunteers work together to score submitted grant proposals, conduct interviews of applicants, review program goals and anticipated results and then make recommendations to the River Valley United Way Board of Directors for final approval.

River Valley United Way will hold grant workshops and demo the online grant platform (no paper submissions will be accepted).  Applicants must attend a free grant workshop in order to apply.  Pre-registration is required for grant workshops.

Mandatory Workshop Attendance 

  • All prospective grantees must pre-register and attend one workshop.  Workshops will occur in May 2021 and take place in Russellville, Arkansas. At least one paid staff member or member of your Board of Directors must attend a workshop. You are strongly encouraged to send someone within your organization who will be directly involved in the submission of your grant application. The full impact of training is often lost on those who attend solely to meet the attendance requirement, leading to confusion and complications for the organization. Upon registration, you will receive training details..
  • This workshop is specifically geared to the RVUW application process and is not meant to be a "how to grant write" workshop.
  • Workshop Sessions: May 19th @10am to 12pm & May 27th @ 2pm to 4pm

  • Click here to register Workshop 1 on May 19, 2021 - 10 am  - The deadline to register for this session is May 17th at 5 pm.
  • Click here to RSVP for May 27, 2021 - 3 pm  - The deadline to register for this session is May 25th at 5 pm.

Community Impact Grant Application

  • Invitations to apply for the full grant application will be sent by email on June 1, 2021, to organizations meeting the workshop requirementOrganizations will be provided with the online application link at that time.  
  • Grant applications are due at 5 p.m., June 30, 2021. The online portal will not accept applications submitted after the deadline. 



As indicated above, programs/organizations applying for a Community Impact Grant must meet specific guidelines, eligibility requirements, operating guidelines, etc. in order to be considered for funding.  It is strongly recommended that anyone considering applying for a Community Impact Grant review the following information in detail prior to attending a grant workshop to ensure that they qualify and meet all requirements.  Applications that do not meet our requirements will not be reviewed for funding.

(Example Links will be updated and go live on May 7, 2021

1.  COMMUNITY IMPACT GUIDELINES.  This includes a statement of purpose; eligibility requirements; and basic operating guidelines.
2.  SERVICE AREA.  Funds awarded by RVUW can only be used to fund programs that serve individuals living in our service area. The RVUW service area consists of the entirety of Pope, Johnson, and Yell Counties in Arkansas
3.  COMMUNITY IMPACT PRIORITIES.  Funds awarded by RVUW can only be used to fund programs that fit within at least one of the RVUW Community Impact Priority areas.

  • IRS Determination Letter samples - 501(c)(3) and school
  • PROGRAM'S current fiscal year budget compared to year-to-date actual
  • PROGRAM'S PROPOSED budget for the grant time frame 
  • ORGANIZATION'S most recent balance sheet

5.  2021 TIMETABLE.  Includes dates for:  workshops; in-person panel reviews; notification of funding; deadline for acceptance of grant (if awarded); etc.
6.  SCORING MATRIX.  A panel of volunteers will review each submitted application that meets all guidelines and will score based on the areas noted in this matrix.  They will then meet with a representative(s) of the program and score the application based on the information gleaned from the meeting.
7.  SAMPLE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT.  Any program that is awarded funding will be required to sign this agreement and adhere to its contents.   Note: The details of this agreement are subject to change.