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Grant Process 2020

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About the Grants process

United Way of Treasure Valley is accepting Letters of Intent from nonprofit organizations beginning January 13, 2020 through Noon on January 24, 2020. Program Grants are awarded to organizations with programs that fit the goals of United Way of Treasure Valley in the areas of education, health, and financial stability. Grant recipients must provide annual outcomes and demonstrate measurable results on indicators that have been identified by United Way’s 2017 Community Assessment.

Submission of Letters of Intent is now closed.
Read below for additional important Community Investment (funding) guidelines.
Read below for a list of our 2020-21 funding goals

In addition, you will be required to submit your most recent IRS Form 990 and independent financial audit or financial review depending on your organizations annual revenues. Must have been completed in the last 18 months. For organizations with annual revenues over $250,000, an independent financial audit is required. If annual revenues are $250,000 or below, an independent financial review will be accepted.

All Letters of Intent and financial documents must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020.

Letters of Intent are reviewed by our Vision Council volunteers who determine which programs will be invited to apply for an Annual Program Grant.  Please see the Program Grant process timeline below for more details.

Please submit questions to Christa Rowland at or by calling (208) 807-2941.



Schedule of events:


2020-21 Annual Program Grant Process Timeline

Jan. 13th

LOI available online for public

Jan. 24th

LOI & Financial Information due by NOON

Feb. 10th

Invitations to apply sent to agencies

Feb. 18th

Application available online to invited agencies

March 13th

Applications due from agencies by NOON

June 2020

Grant awards will be announced by June 30, 2020

July 2020

Payout to organizations awarded a grant will begin

Community Investment Guidelines (updated Nov. 2019)

Program Eligibility Criteria

United Way has established certain criteria that agencies must meet before their Letter of Intent will be considered. They must:

  • As a condition of a program grant award, it will be expected that you attend quarterly meetings with United Way of Treasure Valley and other funded partners.
  • Have as their primary mission the provision of health and/or human services.
  • Resources are directed towards programs that illustrate how they are targeted toward low-income individuals.
  • Be under control of a local governing board which is organized and functioning to provide policy direction and management oversight.
  • Have the ability to demonstrate outcomes in the goals under the Impact areas of Education, Financial Stability and Health.
  • Be able to provide an independent financial audit (if organization size is over $250,000) or an independent financial review (if organization is $250,000 or below) and a copy of the most recent 990.
  • Provide services to residents of and have a physical service delivery location in the Treasure Valley, including the counties of Ada, Canyon, Gem and Owyhee.

Program Investment Guidelines

  • Minimum grant amount will be $5,000
  • Program Grant awards are not made for capital projects
  • Outcomes will be reviewed each year by the Vision Council.  To ensure that investments are making an impact a maximum grant amount for any newly applying agency/program is $25,000.  In the first year of receiving a UWTV grant award, agency/program will be asked to provide a 6 month narrative in addition to the annual report at the completion of the grant cycle.  If there is a collaborative effort and the lead agency receiving the funds is not new to receiving UWTV funds, this guideline may not apply.
  • As a general rule, UWTV grant awards should not exceed 20% of a program’s budget.  Exceptions to this may be made on a case by case basis such as innovative collaborations and startups.

Funding Goals 2020-21

United Way of Treasure Valley goals for health

  • Helping individuals and families create and sustain healthy habits
  • Providing access to preventative medical and dental services for low-income individuals and families; and
  • Ensuring access to appropriate behavioral health services and supports


United Way of Treasure Valley goals for education

  • Ensuring that children enter school prepared to learn
  • Supporting children inside and outside of school; and
  • Preparing children and young adults for success after high school


United Way of Treasure Valley goals for financial stability

  • Providing access to job education and training that leads to asset development, financial literacy and livable wage jobs
  • Improving access to housing programs in an effort to help families obtain and maintain affordable permanent housing

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