2017 Innovation Grant

United Way Innovation Grants have been developed to provide a means of funding creative and effective programs which will contribute to UWGL’s overall self-sufficiency goals.


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United Way innovation grants have been developed to provide a means of funding creative and effective programs which will contribute to UWGL’s overall self-sufficiency goals through development of best practice programming. These programs will support high priority community needs that are underserved or unmet and/or programming which will make contributions beyond what is currently possible. United Way’s Community Investment Committee will determine which grants are funded in the 2017 cycle.

– Programming funded must be either a new program or an enhancement of an existing program which is meeting high priority community needs.

– Applicant programs must demonstrate a history of achievement on UWGL focus area metrics or the capacity to contribute to the accomplishment of one or more of these metrics.

– The 2017 Innovation Grant cycle is an open process which allows any local 501c3 agency providing services which build self-sufficiency to be considered for funding.

– The Innovation Grant applications will open in our CommunityForce portal on Thursday, July 20th, and are to be submitted by 5pm on August 10, 2017.

– The United Way Community Investment Committee will review and determine the proposals which are to be funded.

– Notice to funded programs will be given on August 21, 2017, with the remaining 50% funded after a 6-month review of program progress and results by the Community Investment Committee n February of 2018.


Does you program meet our metrics?


Children enter school ready to learn and achieve their educational potential.

– Increase kindergarten readiness

Baseline Data: 60% of children entering with benchmark skills sets

– Improve reading skills at or above grade level

Baseline Data: 67.9% of 4th Graders are proficient in reading

– Increase High School Graduation rates.

Baseline Data: 87.5% High School Graduation Rate



Families achieve self-sufficiency

– Families and individuals increase income and financial assets

Baseline Data: 22,585 per capita income (2014) / 13.8% live in poverty and 27.9% of children live in poverty

– Families and individuals have access to stable affordable housing

Baseline Data: 60.5% Homeownership / 53.6% spend 30% or more of income on rent

– Families and individuals have consistent access to food.

Baseline Data: 17.3% Food Insecure / 48% Free and Reduced Lunch / 31% SNAP participants



People develop healthy lifestyles and have access to healthcare

– Families and individuals have access to physical, dental and mental health care.

Baseline Data: 10% of Allen County residents unable to afford to see a doctor / 68% of adults saw a dentist in the past year

– Families and individuals have access to preventative health care.

Baseline Data: 14% Uninsured

– Families and Individuals increase healthy behaviors/reduce high-risk behaviors

Baseline Data: 39.3% of 3rd graders are obese / 77% of adults are obese / 21.9% are smokers



Provide disaster services in Greater Lima-Allen County

– Provide a unique medical service in Greater Lima-Allen County.

– Provides a unique service in the Greater Lima-Allen Community which no other organization provides.