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2022 Community Care Fund Application + ARPA

 

For the past 98 years, United Way of the Midlands (UWM) has used its community-wide perspective to identify local needs that are going unseen or unmet – and how we partner with corporate, government organizations, nonprofits, and donors to tackle them. Today, UWM remains committed to uniting our community’s caring spirit to build a stronger tomorrow. We invest donor dollars in 150 local nonprofit programs that, together, form a circle of support around our community. These programs are addressing pressing social and economic disparities and providing the essentials families need to thrive. The application process is now closed. Please email mblue@uwmidlands.org with questions.

More than 130 community volunteers have joined United Way of the Midlands (UWM) and are currently reviewing submissions for community card funding, as well as ARPA funding through the City of Omaha. Volunteers may submit questions to applicants as part of their review process. Applicant organizations should add admin@e-cimpact.com to their safe sender list. 

Programs will be notified in June of decisions related to their applications, and will be required to sign grant agreements that outline requirements. Funded programs will receive investments beginning July 1, 2022 for a two-year cycle ending June 30, 2024. The continuation of funding for programs after the first year in the investment cycle for both UWM and ARPA funded programs is contingent upon the adherence to all requirements in the Grant Agreement and availability of funds.

For questions regarding UWM Funding please reach out to the Community Impact and Analytics Team at communityinvestment@uwmidlands.org.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We are excited to announce that we are launching our new Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Fund at the end of March through EC-Impact. UWM’s DEI Fund will address racial, social and economic disparities in our community through programming investments that helps historically and/or systemically marginalized populations sustain living wage jobs and build multi-generational financial stability. Eligible agencies will be those whose leadership, staff, client population and program delivery methods reflect diversity,  equity, and inclusion. Details of the fund are still being finalized but you can contact Justin Tyree, Director, Community Impact – DEI, at jtyree@uwmidlands.org with any questions.

Community Care Fund

As a convener, collaborator and catalyst for change, our vision is to create a thriving community where adults and children have access to safety net supports, education, financial stability and good health, which are the building blocks to economic stability and a high quality of life. As part of that commitment, UWM invests in high performing non-profit organizations that provide programs and services that align with our 2022-2024 Goals.

2022 – 2024 Goals

Our collaborative services will result in approximately 8 million services over a 2 year investment period:

City of Omaha Arpa Community Grant Program*

Funding will be provided to expand and enhance existing programs in the areas below:

  • Food Access: This includes, but is not limited to, food distribution, meal services, pantry and pantry services, and backpack programs, etc.
  • Care Coordination: Programs that provide access to a coordinated and integrated system of supports to remove barriers. Including, but not limited to, navigation and case management, material resources, legal, disaster, etc.
  • Shelter:  Access to immediate safe shelter.
  • Homeless Prevention: Transitional housing options and other support services for individuals and families to prevent homelessness.
  • Financial Literacy: Financial literacy, awareness and knowledge about asset building/protection, and independent living preparedness.
  • Family Support: Increase knowledge and skills of healthy parenting and childhood development.
  • Health Promotion:  Increase knowledge, skills, or assets to promote health and nutrition, and prevent disease and diet-related illness or asthma.
  • Physical Well-Being:  Access to high-quality physical and dental healthcare services across the lifespan.
  • Behavioral Well-Being: Access to high-quality behavioral and mental health counseling services for all ages.

*This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP0230 awarded to the City of Omaha by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

For more information about the City of Omaha ARPA Community Grant Program, you can read the press release at https://www.cityofomaha.org/american-rescue-plan-act.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Community Care Fund (UWM Funding) Eligibility:

How do I know if I am eligible or my organization is eligible to apply for a UWM grant?

Eligible nonprofit agencies must be certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal RevenueCode. UWM will only consider grant applications from agencies that have been in operation for three or more years. Requests for the following will not be accepted:

  • Sponsorships, annual funds, galas, or other special-event fundraising activities
  • Conferences or events
  • Capital campaigns or new building construction (“bricks and mortar”)
  • Debt reduction
  • Endowment funds
  • Dissertations, theses or student research
  • Sectarian religious activities, political lobbying, or legislative activities
  • Support to individuals including tuition, loans, fellowships, or grants
  • Strategic planning or community research
  • Collective impact/backbone organizations
What is the criteria for the City of Omaha ARPA Community Program Fund?

Eligible nonprofit programs must be certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Capital campaigns are ineligible for investments.

Interested applicants can apply for program-related investments only within the areas of basic needs program: Eligible basic needs programs include food access, care coordination, homeless prevention, health promotion, physical and behavioral health well-being, and family support. Programs should demonstrate a successful record of success in the program area.

Applicants also will be required to demonstrate on of the following:

  • Be located in a Qualified Census Tract (see map here)
  • Provide services to program participants living in a Qualified Census Tract
  • Demonstrate the pandemic has had a significant health or economic impact on its program participants

Additionally, eligible programs must complete a SAM.gov registration and have an active DUNS number. Read more here: https://sam.gov/content/entity-registration

Programs not providing services in these areas may be eligible for ARPA funding through the Omaha Community Foundation. Please review their categories of funding here: https://omahafoundation.org/nonprofits/city-of-omaha-arpa-community-grant-program/

How do I apply for the City of Omaha ARPA Community Programs Fund with UWM?

For access to this fund, please contact communityinvestment@uwmidlands.org

 

How do I apply for the UWM funding?

For access to this fund, please contact communityinvestment@uwmidlands.org.

Do I have to complete the UWM funding application even if I am only applying for ARPA funds?

Yes. The UWM application has a variety of agency, programmatic and budget questions that factor into decision making for ARPA funds.

Some programs may not be eligible for UWM funding because they have not operated for at least three years, for example. These programs should complete the UWM application and in the ARPA addendum denote that they are not applying for UWM funding.

What is the timeline for decision making?

After all applications are received in February, volunteers will review and discuss applications. The Board will review funding recommendations Friday June 10 and notifications will occur the following week.

How long does the United Way Investment process take?

The United Way investment process will review applications for UWM and ARPA funding simultaneously.

  1. Grant Application

All programs must submit a grant application to be considered for UWM and/or ARPA funds.

  • UWM Requests: Grant Application will be available to agencies on January 5 and can be completed online atagency.e-cimpact.com. The application must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on February 9. Agency training regarding application content, financial reporting requirements, and the e-CImpact system can be found under Important Dates section below.
  • ARPA Requests: Programs requesting ARPA funds are required to complete the UWM application as well as a ARPA-specific addendum. The addendum will be issued February 2. In the addendum, programs should note if they are only requesting ARPA funds by checking the appropriate box. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on February 23, 2022. No late applications will be considered.
  • REQUESTING UWM and APRA Funds: Eligible programs may apply for both UWM funds and ARPA dollars. Programs do not have to complete two UWM applications. Instead, programs should complete the ARPA addendum application with the same program title of the program for which they are also requesting UWM funds. Additionally, programs should select that both ARPA and UWM funds when asked the funding they are requesting. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on February 23, 2022. No late applications will be considered.
  1. Evaluation and Review

The grant application provides reviewers details regarding the program’s budget, work plan, expected impact, and community data that supports the need. The information submitted through the proposal will be reviewed by UWM staff and volunteer reviewers to determine how well your services align to UWM’s 2025 Goals and Strategies and ARPA funding requirements, as appropriate. As questions arise during the review, e-CImpact will be utilized with the Q&A function. If you were a previous grantee a data sheet of prior cycle RBA outcomes will be provided to thereviewers.

  1. Final Review

In April, UWM staff and volunteers convene to make investment recommendations. Each review team’s lead represents the team as part of the CIRT Committee. The CIRT Committee reviews investment recommendations from each team to create a balanced, comprehensive investment portfolio.

  1. Investment Decisions

The Board of Directors reviews and approves the final investments in June.

United Way Investment Category Changes:

Our labeling of the investment categories have changed to simplify areas for our donors and to align with our goals. All of the previous investment areas remain included in our priorities. For instance, mentoring, attendance, out of school time are now bundled together in the school, family and community engagement area of work. The metrics document also includes descriptions of each area, priorities, examples and the required RBA reporting for programs funded in each area. If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact UWM.

How does the ARPA addendum factor in decision making?

The ARPA addendum will be used by volunteers to recommend investments using City of Omaha ARPA funds. Programs may receive both ARPA and UWM funds, but will not receive more than the amount requested. Questions focus on use of funds to ensure alignment with federal guidance. Additional questions related to fiscal management are included to assess whether programs can comply with requirements.

How will ARPA reporting differ from UWM funding reporting?

Programs receiving ARPA funding will be required to report on program and financial metrics. There will be a considerable emphasis on detailed financial reporting, and a single audit may be required. Programs selected for funding will receive grant agreements in June that outline funding amounts, sources and requirements. Organizations will be required to submit mid-year and end of year reports for both funding sources. Inability to report or achieve program deliverables may result in cancellation of funding.

For questions regarding the Community Care Fund Application, please reach out to United Way of the Midlands’ Community Impact and Analytics team at communityinvestment@uwmidlands.org.

My organization has never received a federal grant. Am I still eligible to apply for ARPA funding?

Yes. Programs without a record of performance may still apply. However, applicant programs must have an active DUNS number with completed SAM registration to be eligible.

My organization has never received a UWM grant. Am I still eligible to apply for UWM or ARPA funding?

Yes. Programs will be considered regardless of their history of UWM funding. Programs requesting UWM funding for the first time are encouraged to connect with UWM staff communityinvestment@uwmidlands.org

Can you provide more help?

Please email communityinvestment@uwmidlands.org to schedule one-on-one assistance with a member of the Community Impact and Analytics Team. We can help determine your eligibility, area of focus, provide clarity regarding the questions asked, and assist with technical support. Our team will not provide consultation regarding grant content.

I submitted my UWM funding application prior to the ARPA application release, and some of my responses need to be updated. What do I do?

Please email communityinvestment@uwmidlands.org with questions on application revisions.

How will you communicate with applicants?

Once applications have been submitted, UWM staff may pose questions to applicants through our webportal eCimpact. Organizations should add admin@e-cimpact.com to a safe sender list. Future correspondence/reminders will be sent from ECImpact so this is important to making sure you receive timely updates and deadline reminders.

How do I know if I should apply for ARPA funding through United Way or OCF?

Please review UWM categories above with more detail and Omaha Community Foundation categories here. The chart below helps clarify the different categories generally.

Can I apply for both UWM and OCF funding?

Yes, but not for the same expenses. UWM and OCF have different categories of funding. For instance, an organization may apply for funds from UWM for a food pantry program and apply to OCF for a workforce program. An organization may not be funded by multiple organizations for the same expenses.

If I have received UWM funding in the past, can I apply for ARPA funds for a program not previously funded?

Yes. You may request ARPA funds for a program not previously funded by UWM in the past, provided you meet the eligibility criteria described above. In order to submit an ARPA application for this program, you must create a program profile within ECImpact and submit both a UWM Community Investment application and the ARPA addendum for the program by February 23rd at 5 p.m. Each program you are seeking funding for must have both a UWM Community Investment application and the ARPA addendum.

If my organization is located outside of city limits am I eligible for ARPA funds?

The City of Omaha emphasis is on the use of funds as opposed to the location of the entity. ARPA funds should be used within the City of Omaha – more specifically applicants will be required to demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • Be located in a Qualified Census Tract (see map here)
  • Provide services to program participants living in a Qualified Census Tract
  • Demonstrate the pandemic has had a significant health or economic impact on its program participants within the City of Omaha

Organizations must demonstrate at least one of the above qualifications are met and that funds will be restricted for City of Omaha residents. For instance, a program with 50 case managers around the state may request funding for the 7 case managers that work specifically to serve Omaha residents within a qualified census tract, provided that these case managers are not funded through other sources (ie no duplication). UWM volunteers will consider both breadth and depth in reviewing applications. In determining whether to apply, programs should consider whether the number of clients served within Omaha, and whether the amount requested is substantial enough to merit investment from the City of Omaha.

We do not currently operate in a qualified census tract but would use these funds to expand. Is that authorized?

Yes, this falls under the expansion or enhancement use of funds criteria. Keep in mind the importance of authentic engagement with your audiences and clients. If you are planning to expand your program to serve individuals in qualified census tracts, please describe your plans for expansion in the application both in terms of target population and how you meet the ARPA criteria.

If I serve clients in a qualified census tract, does it need to be a certain percentage or number of overall clients?

No. UWM volunteers will consider both breadth and depth in reviewing applications. In determining whether to apply, programs should consider whether the number of clients served within Omaha, and the amount requested, is substantial enough to merit investment from the City of Omaha.

Is an audit required?

An audit completed by an independent third party using generally accepted accounting principles is an important indicator of internal financial controls and fiscal management. However, we realize that this is often a significant expense which can burden small nonprofits. Nonprofits with a total revenue over $500,000 should have an independent audit report. It is our preference that all applicants have an updated audit. However, organizations with revenues under $500,000 may submit financial statements reviewed by their board, finance committee or another body.

Do I put the number served in total by the program… or the number served from ARPA/UWM funds?

It depends. If you are requesting funds from UWM as well, please using the total for the program. In the ARPA section regarding use of funds, you may specify a number of clients to be served through the specific ARPA dollars.

If you are applying for ARPA funding alone, it will be helpful to indicate how many clients will be served through those funds. This can also be done in the narrative where you indicate the use of ARPA dollars.

We will use this number as a benchmark during mid-year and end of year reporting, so it will be important to be realistic about what you think you can achieve. You might also consider this number in relation to your request amount.

How much should I ask for?

For UWM: If you are a returning organization, please keep in mind your previous funding levels. Volunteers will consider increases based on the justifications provided. Please keep in mind UWM will fund no more than 50% of a program. The amount requested in your 22-24 Community Investment application should be for a single year and not include any ARPA funds. This amount will be duplicated in a second year pending reporting. This is only the amount of your request for UWM dollars.

For ARPA: The amount requested in your ARPA application should be for a single year and not include any community investment funds. If selected for funding, the amount will be duplicated in the second year of funding, pending successful reporting and compliance. There is no minimum or maximum, however, a broad base of support is encouraged. UWM has $2.5 million total per year ($5 million over two years) to invest in programs across all categories. Programs should keep in mind their program budget, availability of other funds, and sustainability in requesting funds.

  • Use of Funds should be one of the following:
    • Grants to expand and/or enhance existing programs and services.
    • Grants to implement COVID-19 prevention or mitigation measures, such as PPE, enhanced cleaning efforts, barriers, or partitions. 
    • Grants to mitigate financial hardship, for example by supporting payroll and benefits, costs to retain employees, rent, and other operating costs.
In the agency overview, question 9 asks for agreement to five requirements. If we are applying only for ARPA funds and not for United Way funds, is it mandatory to agree to these requirements?

It is not mandatory to agree to these as part of the ARPA application process. However, organizations should keep in mind that reporting and other requirements will be included in grant agreements. Collaborative sessions, and site visits may be required as part of UWM’s risk assessment and ongoing monitoring. Support of the UWM annual campaign is not required for ARPA funding.

In the agency overview, question 2 asks about completing NAM's Guidelines and Principles. It also indicates completion is required of all recipients within 6 months of award. If we are applying only for ARPA funds and not for United Way funds, is it mandatory to agree to these requirements?

NAM’s guidelines and principles offer tools for evaluating regulatory compliance and are evidence of strong governance, and stewardship. Completing NAM’s Guidelines and Principles is not required for ARPA funding.

Is a Single Audit required?

A single audit is not the same as a standard annual audit, and may be required of your organization depending on the cumulative size of your federal grants. A single audit is an organization-wide financial statement and federal awards’ audit of a non-federal entity that expends $750,000 or more in federal funds in one year (cumulatively). It is intended to provide assurance to the Federal Government that a non-federal entity has adequate internal controls in place, and is generally in compliance with program requirements If your charitable nonprofit receives money from the federal government and expends more than $750,000 of federal dollars in a single fiscal year, the organization is most likely required to have an independent financial audit referred to as a “Single Audit.”

More information is available here https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/nonprofit-audit-guide/federal-law-audit-requirements

I missed the Community Care Fund deadline. Can I still request funds?

We have two different sources of funding – UWM community care funding and City of Omaha ARPA funding.

The application portal is still open for City of Omaha ARPA funding with a deadline of February 23rd at 5 p.m. ARPA applicants will need to complete the UWM community investment application, even if they are not seeking UWM dollars. If you indicate in your application that you are also requesting UWM community care funding, then materials received now will be accepted but will be noted as late and this will factor in as volunteers make determinations for that UWM funding “bucket”.  Your application will receive full consideration for ARPA dollars assuming a complete application is submitted on time (2/23).

Why does OCF have different deadlines?

The Omaha Community Foundation is facilitating a separate ARPA process with different funding amounts and categories.

What are authorized use of funds?

Use of Funds should be one of the following:

  • Grants to expand and/or enhance existing programs and services.
  • Grants to implement COVID-19 prevention or mitigation measures, such as PPE, enhanced cleaning efforts, barriers, or partitions. 
  • Grants to mitigate financial hardship, for example by supporting payroll and benefits, costs to retain employees, rent, and other operating costs.

For detailed questions about authorized use of funds, UWM will be following treasury guidance here: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/SLFRF-Compliance-and-Reporting-Guidance.pdf

Do you have a list of qualified census tracts?

A map is located here (see map here). For a list of qualified census tracts in our area please visit https://www.huduser.gov/portal/Datasets/qct/QCT2022M.PDF

For questions regarding the Community Care Fund Application, please reach out to the Community Impact and Analytics Team at communityinvestment@uwmidlands.org. You may also call 402-522-7957.

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