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2021 UWSN Community Impact Grants: Letters of Interest

United Way of Southern Nevada is currently seeking Letters of Intent (LOI) to provide funding to agencies and coalitions that are helping rebuild Southern Nevada. The 2021 UWSN Community Impact Grants will strengthen organizations that serve children, families, and workers in an effort to support recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic while looking ahead to the future of the Southern Nevada community. 

Please read our 2021 UWSN LOI Overview here. The overview includes eligibility requirements; key dates; how to apply for funds; an overview of the priority funding areas (Student Success, Workforce Development, and Community Support); recommended performance measures; an overview of the evaluation process and criteria; and the UWSN grantee responsibilities and expectations.

Click here to review the 2021 UWSN LOI Overview and Application Requirements

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UWSN Funding Eligibility 

In order to successfully apply for funding from United Way of Southern Nevada, your organization and program must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

•    Must provide services in Southern Nevada (Clark, Nye, Esmeralda, Lincoln Counties) 
•    Must demonstrate clear impact on UWSN funding priorities and objectives (see below) 
•    Must be a nonprofit organization, public charity, or supporting organization (501c3, 509a1, 509a2, 509a3) 
•    Must be incorporated in the State of Nevada 
•    Must provide a complete and correct application 

 

Guidelines for Submitting Applications 

Letters of Interest (LOI) should be submitted to aaronk@uwsn.org by 5:00 pm on the due date:
Letters of Interest (LOI) are due on Friday, April 2, 2021.

  1. Application submission emails (LOI & attachments) should include a subject line that states “LOI: Organization Name; Name of Program.”
  2. Submit one (1) electronic copy of the proposal package by the deadline (LOI: 4/2/21) to aaronk@uwsn.org; the proposal can be submitted as one .pdf file or as separate documents with the signed cover page scanned.
  3. Applicants must submit their questions in writing (via email) to Aaron Krolikowski (AaronK@uwsn.org) with a copy to Terri Rencher (TerriR@uwsn.org) no later than 48 hours before the deadline.
  4. Additional attachments and materials will not be considered. Do not submit additional materials beyond what is described in this LOI document, unless specifically requested to do so by Aaron Krolikowski, Interim Vice President of Community Impact, or Terri Rencher, Chief Operating Officer at UWSN.

 

What priority areas is United Way of Southern Nevada focusing on providing funding for? 

Funding will be available to support agencies offering evidence-based programs in three key areas: 
•    Student Success (Early Education, K-12, and higher education) 
•    Workforce Development, with a focus on job training and workforce credentials 
•    Community Supports, with a focus on access, equity, and inclusion 
 

What size of grant is UWSN prepared to fund? 

The UWSN Board of Directors has elected to share this funding opportunity as an open call for projects, without placing a limit on the size of the fund or the size of grants. We anticipate receiving practical proposals that align with the current landscape of community needs, as well as with current and anticipated organizational capacity. 

 

What type of grants is UWSN prepared to fund? 

The UWSN Board of Directors welcomes applications focused on emergency assistance for residents of Southern Nevada, emergency operations requests from Southern Nevada nonprofit organizations, multi-year program funding requests from organizations working toward equity and inclusion, requests focused on nonprofit capacity-building, and requests for one-time project funding. Regardless of the type of request submitted, proposals must be directly related to the priority funding issues of Student Success, Workforce Development, or Community Support. 

 

What do I need to include in a Letter of Interest? 

Letters of Intent will require a cover page, 2-page project description, and a series of attachments describing your organization and proposed project. Please review the application submission checklist in the 2021 UWSN LOI Invitation appendix here for more information.

 

How will my letter of intent be evaluated?

A review committee will score each proposal with a standard rubric (see appendix for scoring rubric). A select number of applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss your proposal (April 2021). The UWSN Board of Directors will review funding recommendations. Projects selected for funding will work with the UWSN team to develop a project plan in lieu of a full RFP submission. 

 

Is the LOI document available in other languages?

Not yet. The UWSN Community Impact team is working on translated materials in Spanish. If you can help out with a translation in Mandarin, Korean, Amharic, or another language, please let us know. 

 

Does UWSN have a DEI statement?

Yes! You can review UWSN's statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at uwsn.org/about-us or uwsn.org/accountability

UWSN funds programs and services that support people from every background. Given the challenges associated with COVID-19, this funding process encourages projects that support people in low-income communities or areas of concentrated poverty, refugees and immigrants, people living with disabilities, veterans and military families, new or long-term unemployed people, victims and/or survivors of human trafficking, and people who do not speak English as a primary language. 

 

What if my organization doesn't have a program logic model? 

The program logic model is a useful document to help you communicate, design, and improve your programs and services. Many funders request or require a logic model as part of grant applications. In-depth instructions, templates, and examples of logic models are available from the Community Tool Box, Centers for Disease Control, US Department of Health & Human Services, Corporation for National & Community Service, and the Bureau of Justice Affairs

We've included a sample logic model template you can use in the Appendix of the Community Impact Grant Document

 

How should the LOI narrative be formatted?

Narratives should be single-spaced and typed in no less than 11-point font (Arial, Times New Roman, and Calibri preferred); 9 or 10-point font may be used for tables, if included. Pages must be standard size (8.5 x 11 inches) with 0.5- to 1-inch margins.

Key Deadlines:

March 12, 2021 Announcement of LOI Opportunity
April 2, 2021 Letters of Interest (LOI) Due to UWSN
April 5-30, 2021 Proposal Interviews with Applicant Leadership & Project Team
May 31, 2021 LOI Applicants Notified of Outcome / Organizations Invited to Submit Full Proposal

Your work is important and we want to learn more about what you are doing. Please plan to submit a Letter of Interest by Friday, April 2, 2021, by 5:00 PM PST to aaronk@uwsn.org

 

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