About the Grant process
United Way of Treasure Valley is accepting Letters of Intent beginning January 20th from nonprofit organizations and community schools who wish to participate in the United Way of Treasure Valley 2021/22 grant cycle. Letters of Intent will be accepted from January 20, 2021 through NOON on February 2, 2021. Program Grants may be awarded to organizations with programs that align with 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 2020 Community Assessment.
Consideration will also be given to new programs that address the unique education, health, and financial stability needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Schools who have a Community School Strategy, or want to start a Community School Strategy, are encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent through this process.
In addition, grant seekers will be required to submit their most recent IRS Form 990 and independent financial audit or financial review depending on the organization's annual revenue (with the exception of Community Schools). The audit or review must have been completed in the last 18 months. For organizations with annual revenue over $500,000, an independent financial audit is required. If annual revenue is $500,000 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 Tuesday, February 2, 2021.
Letters of Intent are reviewed by United Way of Treasure Valley to determine which programs align with our funding goals, these organizations will be invited to submit an application for a Program Grant.
Please submit questions to Joyce Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-807-2943.
Community Investment Guidelines (updated Nov. 2020)
Program Eligibility Criteria
United Way has established certain criteria that agencies must meet before their Letter of Intent will be considered. They must:
- Have as their primary mission the provision of health and/or human services.
- Illustrate how resources will be targeted towards low-income individuals and/or ALICE families.
- 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 under the goals of UWTV Impact areas of Education, Financial Stability and Health.
- Be able to provide an independent financial audit (if organization size is over $500,000) or an independent financial review (if organization is $500,000 or below) and a copy of the most recent 990. The audit or review must have been completed in the last 18 months.
- 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.
- 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 2021-22
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability for everyone in the Treasure Valley
We fight for the health of all by
- 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
We fight for education of all children by
- 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
We fight for financial stability for all by
- 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