2023 community investment Process
The application for 2023 funding is closed. Organizations were notified of funding decisions in April 2023. The 2024 application, available only to organizations that did not receive funding in the 2023 cycle, will open in October 2023. Please check back for updated information at that time.
United Way of Kennebec Valley’s Community Investment Process (formerly known as the Allocations Process), provides funding to community programs that support our mission and align with one of the Impact2032 Vision Statements. Starting in 2022, UWKV began convening organizations and individuals around Impact2032, three 10-year visions to improve the health, education and financial stability of every person in Kennebec County. Thanks to contributions from individual donors, businesses and foundations to the United Way Campaign, we are able to make grants to programs serving people of Kennebec County.
Essential Applicant Resources
Impact2032 Vision Framework – Impact2032 is a community effort to achieve three, 10-year, cross-sector goals in Kennebec County. Your program must align with one vision statement and at least one outcome.
Letter of Intent Questions – All applicants MUST submit the Letter of Intent through the e-CImpact online platform by Nov. 22 at 4pm. This Word document contains all the questions in one easy-to-read format and has been provided to help you prepare to submit your application. You cannot submit your LOI as a Word document or PDF.
e-CImpact Site Manual – This version of the site manual will help your organization register for the e-CImpact grant management platform. The full version of the manual is available on the platform once you have set up your account.
Application for Funding Questions (REVISED 11/30/22) – This Application is only for applicants invited to the second and final phase of the Community Investment Process. This Application is due Jan. 31 at 4pm. This Word document contains all the questions in one easy-to-read format and has been provided to help you prepare to submit your application. You cannot submit your Application as a Word document or PDF.
Application Scoring Rubric - UWKV makes its Application Scoring Rubric, which volunteers will reference when reviewing you application, available to all applicants in advance for your reference.
2023 Process Updates
- All programs must apply during this funding cycle (e.g., programs cannot “carryover” funding from last year).
- The process will include two parts: a Letter of Intent and an Application for Funding. There will not be site visits or program presentations.
- The application must be completed using UWKV’s new “e-CImpact” grant management online platform.
- Extensive training will be provided regarding changes to the process and how to use the e-CImpact platform. If your program plans to apply for funding, having the appropriate person(s) from your organization attend the training is mandatory. Please see the Timeline below for the two available training dates. Save the date and zoom information, as you will not receive a calendar invite from UWKV.
- This application is for two years of funding at the same amount. In your application, you will request the amount that the program requires for one year. The program will receive the same amount for a second year, provided reporting is satisfactory and UWKV funds are available. (Example: If you hope to receive $15,000 in 2023 and $15,000 in 2024, please apply for $15,000 total.)
- The funding period will start April 2023. If your program is already funded, please note that you will not receive any payments from UWKV after the end of the current funding period in December 2022 (e.g., you will not receive any monthly checks from January to March 2023).
- All UWKV funding moving forward will be allocated in accordance with the Impact2032 Vision Statements. Programs applying for funding must demonstrate how they align with one of the three Impact2032 Vision Statements. Please note: at the organization level, you may need to consider applying for a different program this year as a result.
- Organizations applying for program funding must have officially “Endorsed” Impact2032. This Endorsement must be on file with UWKV prior to submitting your Letter of Intent. You may complete your Statement of Endorsement online, or send the paper version to Michaela Dube at email@example.com. If you aren’t sure if your organization has completed the Endorsement, you can confirm with Michaela.
NOTE: In order to be eligible, you organization and/or the program for which you are requesting funds must be able to say “yes” to all of the following questions.
Organization Eligibility Requirements
- The lead organization is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), a public school district, a municipal entity, an Indian Tribal government, or can demonstrate a legal relationship with an established 501(c)(3) acting as its fiscal agent.
- UPDATED: The organization has an annual independent audit performed and financial statements prepared in conformance with the Standards of Accounting and Financial Reporting for Voluntary Health and Welfare Organizations if the organization’s annual revenue exceeds $2,000,000. Applicants with revenues between $1,000,000 and $1,999,999 will require an audit or Review of Financial Statements. Applicants with revenues below $1,000,000 may submit an appropriate Internal Revenue Service Form 990 in lieu of an audit or Review of Financial Statements. Please note: These are the minimum requirements for funding, but UWKV recommends that organizations conduct an audit if revenues exceed $1,000,000.
- Organization and all applicants represented in the application confirm official endorsement of Impact2032 (impact2032.org).
- If selected as a funding recipient, organization agrees to conduct an annual United Way campaign among organization staff and/or board.
- The organization and all partners named in the application operate consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances, and comply with UWKV’s Anti-Terrorism Compliance Agreement.
Program Eligibility Requirements
- The program for which the organization seeks funding serves residents of Kennebec County. Applicants will use any funding to serve Kennebec County exclusively.
- Program will serve diverse groups in the community, be open and not restricted by membership.
- Funding will support a specific program or project, not general operations.
- The funding request does not exceed 35% of the program/project budget.
- Program provides health and human services that align with at least one Impact2032 vision statement based on the Impact2032 Framework.
- UPDATED: Program is requesting between $5,000 and $50,000. Note: Funding requests below $5,000 may be considered under specific circumstances. Please reach out to the Executive Director.
- The parent organization [nonprofit 501(c)(3), public school district, municipal entity, Indian Tribal government] and all its affiliates are not requesting more than $75,000 total among all their programs.
Funding may NOT be used for:
- Capital expenses
- Events or sponsorships
- General operating expenses