General and Innovative Grants
United Way Fox Cities improves lives by bringing diverse people together to build a stronger, more caring community for everyone.
To fulfill its mission, United Way Fox Cities has identified four quality of life goals:
- Children and youth are on track to reach their full potential.
- Individuals and families are financially stable.
- Children are free of abuse and neglect.
- Adults, children and youth are healthy. The focus of this goal is on mental health.
To help address these goals, United Way awards two types of grants:
During this unprecedented time with COVID-19, we are suspending the all grant cycles for 2020. The amount budgeted for the Spring General Grant cycle will be awarded to the Community Response Fund. Please check back in spring of 2021 for instructions on the Spring General Grant cycle.
General Grants are defined as funding that addresses an unexpected agency need, capacity building or another, short-term need impacting service delivery other than capital funding for bricks and mortar. The program or project for which the applicant is seeking funding must be able to demonstrate a contribution to one of United Way's quality of life goals. General grants are accepted twice a year; in the spring and in the fall.
- Innovative Grants are defined as funding that addresses an underlying cause of an identified community need. The program or project must be able to demonstrate a contribution to one of United Way's quality of life goals and address one of the strategies of that particular goal. Innovative grants are accepted once a year, typically in late summer.
United Way has adopted the Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework for population level accountability and program performance accountability. Organizations interested in applying for either a general grant or an innovative grant must be familiar with RBA principles. Before completing any grant application, the applicant must once attend United Way Fox Cities' RBA 101 training. A list of training dates can be found on the United Way website: dates and times of the RBA 101 sessions.
The applicant should also consult with United Way staff to discuss the program or project and decide how best to complete the required forms. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to set a time to discuss your project and possible submission.
At this time, grants are suspended for the remainder of 2020. Please watch early 2021 regarding the Spring Cycle.