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Community Impact Grant Notice

United Way of the National Capital Area (NCA) will be phasing out the Community Impact Grant program on December 31, 2019, and will not be releasing an RFP this year.

Funding opportunities will be realigned and reallocated to support nonprofit partners whose work closely align with United Way NCA’s Community Commitment and fall within the three pillars of health, education and financial stability. This is part of the continued evolution of our investment strategy over the past five years – aligned with changes in the national United Way business model – that allows us to dedicate resources to address a focused set of community challenges.

For additional information, please view our FAQs:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will the Community Impact Grant phase out?

    United Way NCA is phasing out the Community Impact Grant program at the conclusion of this granting period, which ends December 31, 2019, and as a result, will not be releasing an RFP this year.

  • How will the funds be allocated in the future?
    • United Way NCA will be realigning and reallocating funding opportunities to support nonprofit partners whose work closely aligns with United Way NCA’s Community Commitment and falls within our three pillars of health, education and financial stability.
  • What is United Way NCA’s Community Commitment and Goals?
    • In 2014, United Way NCA changed the way we do business and embarked upon a 5-year, $12.3 million Community Commitment to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. Through this work and with nonprofit partners, we have sought to tackle complex interconnected issues like high school graduation rates, poverty, and poor health in each of the eight regions we serve.

    Specifically, the 5-year Community Commitment goals were:

    • – To improve the overall health of the children and families served through our Education and Financial Stability work.
    • – To prepare 12,000 students to transition to high school performing at grade level and on track to succeed by June 2020.
    • – To provide 100,000 residents with services that remove barriers to financial stability by 2020.
  • What were the outcomes of United Way NCA’s Community Commitment and Goals?
    • We are happy to report that we have seen tremendous strides and success in meeting these goals. Working in close collaboration with dozens of partners.
      • – Provided 1.5 million meals to food-insecure students and families
      • – Served nearly 11,000 students through our 13 community schools
      • – Assisted nearly 77,000 people in receiving free financial and tax prep services and counseling through our four Financial Empowerment Centers and VITA sites
  • How will United Way NCA continue to work with partners in the future?
    • In addition to the revenue benefits that may result from donor engagement, we will continue to support partners with the following opportunities:
      • – Workplace giving (Combine Federal Campaign, municipal and private sector workplace campaigns)
      • – Connect our Partners to employee engagement opportunities
      • – Provide pro bono consulting and legal services (in the form of skills-based volunteer teams and legal clinics)
      • – Provide in-kind donations
      • – Provide a volunteer platform to promote volunteer opportunities to United Way NCA corporate partners
      • – Promote media opportunities
      • – Professional development and training
      • – Share best practices, new knowledge, and thought leadership
    • We will also further engage you in future partner briefings and conversations as we move forward in our strategic planning and prepare to announce the next set of priorities in spring 2020.
  • Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
    • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Levina Kim at lkim@uwnca.org, or at 202-488-2021.