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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.

United Way of the Midlands (UWM) is pleased to announce the opening of the grant application for community care funding, as well as ARPA funding through the City of Omaha. Eligible and interested ARPA applicants must complete both UWM’s community care fund application, as well as an ARPA-specific addendum.

Community Care Fund Applications Are Due Feb 9 at 5:00 p.m.
ARPA Community Program Funding Applications are Due February 23 at 5:00 p.m.

Open office hours or question/answer sessions will be held Feb 15 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please email communityinvestment@uwmidlands.org. to register. In your registration request, please note your preferred time and send any questions in advance.

All funded programs will receive investments beginning July 1, 2022 for a two-year cycle ending June 30, 2024. The investment cycle is intended to lay a foundation that will assist programs in their efforts to continuously improve and track outcomes over time. However, the continuation of funding for programs after the first year in the investment cycle is contingent upon the adherence to all requirements in the Grant Agreement and availability of funds.

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.

For questions regarding the Community Care Fund Application, please reach out to the Community Impact and Analytics Team at communityinvestment@uwmidlands.org

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