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United Way of Central New Mexico

Deadline: December 1, 2016

United Way of Central New Mexico (UWCNM) Community Fund Program Grants help individuals and families in central New Mexico achieve potential through education, access affordable and equitable health services, be safe and financially stable, and live life with dignity. Grants include:

Community Fund (Annual Program): Support is provided for:

  • Basic needs/financial stability programs that create communities where individuals and families: 1) have resources to support their needs; 2) have the skills, knowledge, and relationships they need to increase and manage their income; and 3) where vulnerable populations are safe, socially engaged, and live with dignity.
  • Educational programs that create communities where: 1) children are born healthy and develop on track; 2) children are prepared to enter the educational system; and 3) students progress successfully through elementary and middle school and graduate high school within five years ready for school, life, or work.
  • Health programs that create communities where individuals and families: 1) receive affordable and equitable health services; 2) live in a safe environment; 3) exhibit healthy behaviors; and 4) live in a health-promoting environment.

Affinity Groups: These consist of donors who support the United Way of Central New Mexico through their time and financial contributions. Beginning in 2014, UWCNM merged its Community Fund and Affinity Group grant making processes. Applicants that apply for program funding aligning with specific strategies related to middle school success, high school success, or women’s self-sufficiency will be reviewed by Affinity Group allocations panels, and dollars raised specifically for these initiatives will be combined with Community Fund grant making dollars. Grant making interests within these include:

  • Hispano Philanthropic Society Middle School Initiative: Delivery of services to empower middle school youth to reach their highest potential.
  • Women in Philanthropy Self-Sufficiency Initiative: Delivery of services to help create sustainable systemic change through grants that address a continuum of services and the most pressing issues for adult women, 18 and over, including improving graduation rates or assisting with GED completion; providing job/skill training or retraining women to secure gainful employment; or supporting transition and/or permanent housing for women.
  • Young Leaders Society High School Initiative Fund: Delivery of services to assist, inspire and empower youth, ages 13-18 and/or in high school, to transition into adulthood and to develop into our future leaders. Focus areas have included: encouraging the continued growth of young leaders; supporting educational needs; providing life skills; and inspiring community involvement.

UWCNM has detailed information regarding its strategy maps and intended outcomes available online and in its grant manual.

Amount: Annual giving is $3,500,000 with grants ranging from $2,650-$392,000 and averaging $10,000-$50,000.

Applicants must:

  • Request no more than 110% of the ideal recommendation of the Grant Review Panel that reviewed the request last year. This rule does not apply to new agencies, agencies that have never applied for UWCNM funds, agencies that did not receive a recommendation for funding last year, or returning agencies that are applying for funds for a new program.
  • Adhere to the UWCNM policy that the request is no greater than 50% of agency prior-year revenue, and ideally, less than 100% of the program budget.

Eligibility: Applicants should:

  • Be certified by the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
  • Be in good standing with the Attorney General’s office and the New Mexico Secretary of State
  • Demonstrate financial sustainability through UWCNM financial standards review
  • Provide health and human service(s) in one or more of the four central New Mexico counties: Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia
  • Serve the vulnerable in the community in the form of a program that aligns with the UWCNM Community Impact Strategy Maps
  • Adhere to UWCNM’s social action and non-discrimination policy
  • Have a Board of Directors in compliance with agency by-laws

Link: www.uwcnm.org/community-fund/apply

Notes: UWCNM holds training sessions associated with the grant application process. Training sessions are currently scheduled for November 16 (financial review) and January 31 (program application). Videos are also available online.

The December 1 deadline is for financial review documentation. This documentation is required in order to be invited to apply in the spring.

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