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.
2017 Awardees – Learn More.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
PURPOSE & GUIDELINES
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
ESSENTIAL COMMUNITY SERVICES |
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.