Apply for UWSEMS Community Impact Grant

Applying for Community Impact Grants

Applications will be accepted for United Way of Southeast Mississippi Community Impact Grants beginning October 2, 2018. The application deadline is November 9, 2018 at 5 p.m. 

Applications are for one-year funding in the areas of health, financial stability support services.

Education applications will not be accepted until October 2019.

What is a Community Impact Grant? 

United Way of Southeast Mississippi Community Impact Grants are available to 501(c)(3) agencies working to address specific community needs. Funding decisions are made through an annual competitive application process. Community Impact funds are invested in high-performing nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services aligned with our four strategic priority areas of education, financial stability, health and support services. Awardees help improve community conditions across our regional footprint in the four (4) counties we serve: Forrest, Lamar, Perry and Marion.  

Who can apply for a Community Impact grant? 

To receive United Way funding, the applying agency must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Provide services to Forrest, Lamar, Perry and/or Marion counties
  • Be a registered charity and incorporated
  • Have a volunteer board of directors or equivalent
  • Release audited financial statements annually
  • Be non-partisan
  • Have been in operation for at least one (1) year
  • Align with a United Way focus area of health, financial stability or support services
  • Adhere to the guidelines in the Funded Agency Policy and Procedure Handbook
  • Funding may only be used to support the goals of a discrete program

What is the process?  

  1. Download the Application Summary to review all application questions.
  2. Complete the online Application Form.
  3. Download, complete and compile the required additional documentation (see below).
  4. Submit the additional documentation to grants@unitedwaysems.org

A completed application includes: 

  1. Community Impact Grant Application
    • 2018-2019 Health, Financial Stability, and Support Services applicants only
  2. Population(s) Served spreadsheet
  3. Memorandum of Agreement
  4. Annual financial statement (audit, review or compiled financial statements) (View Sample Here
  5. Agency AND program budget (Download a Budget Form Template Here)
  6. Most current IRS Form 990 (View Sample Here)
  7. 501(c)3 determination letter from IRS stating agency name and EIN 
  8. Spreadsheet of current board of directors (or equivalent) including first name, last name, affiliation, mailing address, board position, and term expiration date. 

What are United Way of Southeast Mississippi investment priorities? 

Financial Stability:

  1. Support financial literacy programs that educate individuals about the importance of obtaining and maintaining assets
  2. Further develop the local workforce through job skill preparation, targeting low-wage under-skilled workers seeking self-sustaining employment
  3. Provide families and individuals with the resources and knowledge to gain and/or maintain safe, stable and affordable housing

Health:

  1. Access to Quality Healthcare
    • Remove barriers to access public benefits and health resources
    • Increase access to healthcare
    • Provide resources to make mental, dental and primary care more affordable and/or attainable
  2. Healthy Beginnings and Quality of Life
    • Increase access to prenatal care
    • Provide tools to improve parenting skills and encourage early childhood learning opportunities
    • Provide resources and support to improve the quality of life for those who may not be able to help themselves
  3. Creating Healthy Lifestyles
    • Address adult and childhood obesity to combat chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes
    • Provide healthy foods to more families, creating and encouraging healthy eating habits and home, work and in the community
    • Educate the community and provide assistance to those affected by STIs

Support Services:

  1. Coordinate with disaster relief organizations and local emergency planners to develop recovery plans and assist in the provision of resources to meet our community's immediate needs
  2. Provide safe housing and basic needs for individuals and families experiencing situations of domestic violence
  3. Assist in the prevention of homelessness, targeting at-risk individuals and/or those currently seeking housing
  4. Make nutritious food available to support the health and well-being of the chronically hungry

Education: 

Kindergarten readiness- encourage early literacy development, build kindergarten readiness skills and work to make sure every child enters school ready to learn
Grade-appropriate reading levels- increase the number of children from low-income families reading proficiently by the end of third grade
Graduation rate- help ensure that more students stay on track to graduate high school

*Priorities may be adjusted annually

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does United Way of Southeast Mississippi 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 these 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 United Way of Southeast Mississippi? 

YES!

How does organizational size affect ability to compete? 

It doesn't. Organization size is not a factor in evaluating applicants. Funding decisions are based on alignment with United Way of Southeast Mississippi's priorities and the applicant's ability to demonstrate tangible measurable results.

Who reviews the final grant applications? 

Approximately 30 United Way volunteers will make up four focus area teams, review applications, conduct on-site visits, interview nonprofit agencies as a group and make recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors.

For additional questions/comments, e-mail kari@unitedwaysems.org