United Way of Cascade County invites local nonprofits that are working to help youth succeed by focusing on education outcomes, help working families/individuals become more financially stable and make Cascade County healthier to apply for funding.
Any Cascade County nonprofit is eligible to apply for funds. The application for funding asks groups to explain their goals, activities planned to accomplish their goals, metrics they will use to determine their success and a detailed budget for the activities for which they are requesting funding.
Proposals are due by 5 p.m. March 23. A mandatory training workshop will be offered on Tuesday, February 28 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the lower level meeting room at First Interstate Bank, 12 3rd St NW.
United Way recruits community volunteers to review the applications, listen to presentations and determine which nonprofits' proposals will get the best results and best align with our organizational goals. United Way's organizational goals include:
- EDUCATION: helping children and youth achieve their potential. United Way aims for every student to graduate from high school ready for college or the workforce. To accomplish this goal, United Way is focusing on preparing young children to start school, ensuring that elementary students can read proficiently and reducing chronic absenteeism.
- INCOME: promoting financial stability and independence. United Way is working to help families become financially stable and independent by focusing on decreasing the number of people in poverty, increasing higher paying jobs and increasing the rate of home ownership.
- HEALTH: improving people’s health. United Way's health goals focus on helping children and adults maintain a healthy weight, promoting healthy lifestyles including reducing binge drinking and drug use, increasing the access and affordability of healthcare and protecting vulnerable populations including the elderly, disabled and abused and neglected children.
The volunteers also will meet quarterly to review reports from the nonprofits on their progress. All nonprofits that receive funds must submit quarterly reports documenting their outcomes.
To receive funds, agencies must qualify as tax exempt under federal law, be licensed by the state of Montana, meet certain financial reporting requirements and cannot discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, political affiliation or disability. Government agencies and faith-based organizations can apply for funds if they meet United Way's policy requirements.
For the current fiscal year, United Way of Cascade County partners with 24 local nonprofits to fund 33 programs.
Click on the following links to download the application, required program summary document, guidelines and instructions. Any questions can be directed to Gary Owen at 727-3400.
Grant Process dates:
- Feb. 28 – mandatory training workshop for organizations on application process, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
- March 23 – proposals due in to the United Way office
- April 16-17 -- volunteers' written evaluations of proposals emailed to grant applicants
- April 24 or 25 – Presentations to grant review subcommittees (full day, scheduled every half hour)
- May 17 – UWCC board approves final funding
- May 21 – funding decision communicated to applicants
- July 1 – funding starts
Quarterly reports from funded services will be due on the following dates:
- Oct. 20, 2017
- Jan. 20, 2018
- April 20, 2018
- July 20, 2018