United Way of Central New Mexico
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United Way of Central New Mexico (UWCNM) awards grant funding to health and human service programs in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia counties. The UWCNM’s Impact Agenda focuses on Family Stability and Education and Youth Development, which the UWCNM is calling Mission: Families and Mission: Graduate.
The UWCNM Impact Agenda has three grant categories:
- Impact Grants (outcome-based): This category includes: 1) Mission:Graduate – includes focuses in school readiness, high school graduation, post-high school certificate/degree attainment, and career readiness; and 2) Mission: Families – includes focuses on early childhood support and development, safety and well-being, housing stability, and financial security.
- Basic Needs Grants (output-based): This category supports emergent needs, such as food, utility and rental assistance, emergency shelter services, etc.
- Capacity Building Grants: These are smaller grants (up to $15,000) for actions that improve an organizations capacity to fulfill its mission. Allowable activities include staff development and professional training, data systems, and convening or collaboration support. Note: Agencies can apply separately or as part of an Impact or Basic Needs Grant proposal.
Basic Needs Grant: Funding will support the long-term strategies associated with the UWCNM’s Family Stability and Education/Youth Development focus. However, to ensure continued support for safety-net services, a proportion of the total funding available for grants will be set aside for the preservation of a basic needs specific funding stream. UWCNM intends to preserve funding for programs that provide short-term services to meet the immediate and urgent needs of individuals and families in central New Mexico. Basic Needs funding is reserved for programs that provide services that are:
- Reserved for the most vulnerable, including low/fixed income individuals and families, and those experiencing a temporary crisis
- Accessible with few barriers to those in need
- Output, rather than long-term outcome focused
- Able to report on at least one performance measure
- Connected to one of the basic needs categories (see below)
- Designed to provide short-term, time-limited support
- The entirety of the program must support stand-alone basic needs services, that are not part of more comprehensive wrap-around services
Categories of services eligible for basic needs funding include: Toiletries; transportation assistance; food bank services; hunger relief services (both pantry and prepared meal services); emergency and basic (rather than ongoing and comprehensive, healthcare, dental care, and prescriptions); emergency assistance programs that provide materials or financial assistance; short-term housing and/or shelter for those experiencing homelessness; emergency or short-term shelter for survivors of domestic violence; utility assistance; birth certificate and driver’s licenses/state ID cards programs.
Amount: Impact grants range from $1,000-$200,000 and average between $1,000-$100,000; Capacity Building grants range up to $15,000.
- Secure as much financial support as possible from other sources, including fees for service, before seeking UWCNM assistance
- Adhere to UWCNM policy that the amount request can be no greater than 50% of agency prior-year revenue (if collaborating, requests should be equal to or less than the sum of all partners’ prior year revenue)
- Preferably the request is less than 100% of program/project budget
Submit proposal, supporting documents, and grant reports in electronic format through eCImpact by specified deadlines
- Be able to accept electronic ACH deposits if awarded funding
Eligibility: Applicants must:
- Be certified by the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
- Provide health or human services in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and/or Valencia counties
- 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
- Comply with the UWCNM non-discrimination and social action policies (see application manual for additional background)
- Have an operational Board of Directors
- Have documented by-laws, policies, or procedures that can be made available upon request
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