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United Way Funding Process

United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley grants are how we invest local dollars in our communities to address specific community centered issues. Funding decisions are made through an annual competitive application process.  Our grants are invested in high performing nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services aligned with our three strategic priority areas of Education, Income (Financial Stability) and Health. Awardees help to improve community conditions across our regional footprint in the ten counties we serve: Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wood, and Wirt in WV and the Little Hocking/Belpre area of Athens and Washington counties in Ohio.

Who can apply for a United Way grant?

Download the Expectations and Eligibility Requirements

When can I apply and how long does it take to find out if we received a grant?

*Please note that funding approved in the current cycle is distributed monthly, beginning January 2018.

February 14

Current Partner Agency Meeting & Application Overview

February 15

Online application opens

March 2

Application Workshop open to any interested non-profit; 5-7pm @UWA office - call to reserve your spot

April 3

Funding Application deadline

April 17-28

Citizens Review Panel (Site Visits)

Week of May 8

Funding interviews with Community Investment Committee

May 17

Final board approval of funding decisions

June 5

Funding notification letters mailed

 

Before you apply!

You must login to begin the application. If you do not have a current username and password, please go to: www.uwamov.com/user and click on Create An Account.

Please Note: Browser Compatibility

This funding application has been tested using Internet Explorer v11, Google Chrome v48 and Firefox v44. We strongly recommend using Google Chrome for the best user experience. All three browsers offer the option to print the application once you arrive at the Preview screen. If you would like to save your application in a PDF format, we recommend downloading a PDF printer if you do not already have one. Our favorite is Cute PDF (easy to install and use!).

Application Submission

The deadline for submission is Monday, April 3, 2017. There will be no exceptions or extensions to this deadline, regardless of issues that might occur during the week or day(s) before April 3, so please plan ahead to have everything ready to submit early. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Calculating your Overhead Ratio

The application includes questions relating to the organization's overhead ratio, as calculated form the Form 990. If your organization files a Form 990EZ or does not file a 990, please click here to see instructions on how to submit your Overhead Calculation.

Applying for multiple programs

If you are seeking funding for more than one program, you will only complete the online application once. For each subsequent program, you should use the multi-program template to fill in your program information. Any questions that are organization-specific do not need to be repeated. Email the completed template and all required attachments to "unitedway@uwamov.com" with the subject: Funding application for program 2 (3, 4, etc.). Multi-program Template

Counter-Terrorism Policy

At the end of the application, applicants are asked to state whether or not they comply with the United Way Counter-Terrorism Policy. That policy can be viewed and downloaded here: UW Counter-Terrorism Policy

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does UWAMOV focus more deeply on specific issues? 
Like most organizations, we are challenged to meet the needs of our constituents and effectively drive change with limited resources. By investing strategically in a streamlined set of priorities that align with our organizational goals and through focusing more deeply on fewer issue areas, we aim to make a more meaningful and measurable impact in the communities we serve. 

Should I still apply if we have not been previously funded or currently funded by UWAMOV?
YES! Current grantees or organizations that received funding in prior years are not given special consideration by the grant review committee.

How does organizational size affect ability to compete?
It doesn’t. Organizational size is not a factor in evaluating applicants. Funding decisions are based on alignment with UWAMOV’s priorities and the applicant’s ability to demonstrate tangible, measurable results.

Who reviews the final grant applications?
The application process is overseen by UWAMOV’s Board of Directors and its Community Investment Committee, which encompasses highly-engaged external professionals comprised of corporate, nonprofit and community representatives.  External reviewers (Citizens Review Panel) are selected from academia and the public and private sectors based upon their experience and knowledge of community need; diversity is also an important factor, as we want to ensure the entire region is represented.

Reviewers are also thoroughly vetted for any conflicts of interest. Throughout the rigorous review process, reviewers utilize an assessment tool to rate applications based on their quality, alignment with United Way’s funding priorities, and ability to demonstrate measurable results in their respective area of focus.  Reviewers are recruited in all local communities to provide feedback based on applications in that location.

What are UWAMOV’s investment priorities?
Please see www.uwamov.com/focus-areas for our investment priorities.

 

Have questions or need technical assistance? Please email Stacy DeCicco.