The United Way of Bay County is committed to creating lasting change and impact with measurable improvements for ALICE residents in Bay County. ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed households; those who earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living. As a leader, collaborator and partner for change, our vision is to create a thriving community where adults and children have access to education, financial stability and good health, which are the building blocks to self-sufficiency and high quality of life.
We create better opportunities by helping build stronger communities. We do this by bringing people together around a shared agenda and working on solutions to problems that no one organization can solve alone.
United Way of Bay County seeks funding partnerships with non-profit organizations and agencies that address the most pressing issues identified by the people of Bay County through partnerships and programs focusing on:
Education: Building an educated workforce.
• Increase reading proficiency rates for Bay County students with an emphasis on 3rd grade reading to exceed the State of Michigan national ranking.
Health: Improving health & safety for individuals and families.
• Reduce instances of domestic violence, and substance use; increase access to mental health services.
Income Stability: Instilling long-term self-sufficiency.
• Increase access to resources providing assistance for employment skills and basic needs. Ultimately, increasing the percentage of Bay County residents living above the 250% poverty level toward long term self sufficiency.
The United Way of Bay County is pleased to announce the release of the 2020 Community Impact Grant Initiatives. The grant process is open to all qualified 501 (c) 3 health and human service providers serving in Bay County.
To apply for funding, the program/organization must:
• Serve Bay County residents
• Provide proof of 501 (c )3 status
• Align with one of the UWBC Impact Initiatives within the respective Impact Area
• Be able to produce measurable impact and outcomes in the lives of program participants
The application consists of an overview of the programs logic model, required organization governance, financial information and must identify which of UWBC’s Community Impact Areas the program addresses and how the program intends to create measurable impact in a UWBC’s 2020 Impact Initiative.
If all requirements are met, the submissions will be distributed to the Community Panel Investment Committee for review. The team will meet to evaluate and prioritize each submission based on the program’s organizational capacity to deliver outcomes, sustain operations, establish continuous improvement initiatives, remain accountable, produce measures and be transparent. Each applicant will meet with this committee to present a short overview of their program/organization as well as answer any questions the team members may have.
After review, the Community Panel Investment Committee will submit their recommendations for approval. After receiving UWBC Board of Directors approval, all applicants will be notified by letter of their award status before formally announcing the 2020 award cycle recipients. Should funding be awarded, a letter with the award amount will be mailed to the agency for approval by the board chair/CEO. A signed copy of this letter must be returned to UWBC before payments on the award amount will be released. Payments will be deposited via EFT transfer for the 2020-2022 awards. Payments will be issued on a monthly basis. Allocations of $5,000 or less are paid in one lump sum at the beginning of the grant year.
All organizations who are awarded funding will be required to submit bi-annual reports, including testimonials and pictures to show impact. Pictures do not need to be of participants necessarily, but must reflect the program or service provided (examples could be tools used; projects completed, work spaces, etc.) Submission must include a photo release if applicable to permit the UWBC’s use.