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United Way of North Central Florida’s Next Grant Cycle Opens

United Way of North Central Florida’s Next Grant Cycle Opens
$1,000,000 is available to fund local programs from FY17-19
GAINESVILLE, FL (January 6, 2016) —This month, United Way of North Central Florida will begin accepting applications for its 2017-2019 investment cycle, which starts July 1, 2016. With $1,000,000 currently available in the Community Investment Fund, all United Way Community Impact Partners are invited to apply for funding.
Notice of funding availability will officially open January 11th. Agencies are encouraged to submit their Letters of Intent (LOI) from Jan. 11 through Jan. 25. Only agencies that meet the funding criteria and have already been vetted by UWNCFL will be allowed to proceed through the next round on February 1st when the RFP will be issued. The entire application process will be handled online via e-CImpact.
This is UWNCFL’s second three-year funding cycle under the new Impact model, first adopted in 2009 after being introduced in 2006 by United Way Worldwide in Virginia. The model transformed how United Ways across the nation operated by moving agencies away from a pure fundraising model to an impact-based organization. Under the new model, effectiveness would no longer be evaluated and measured on dollars raised alone, but by the outcomes of funded programs that receive United Way donations, said UWNFCL President & CEO Deborah Bowie.
“This major shift happened at the dawn of the Great Recession, so it further catalyzed the movement by many nonprofits toward overhauling their fundraising strategies. So, instead of telling the community we have ‘this much’ to raise, our focus shifted to we have ‘this set’ of outcomes we are looking to invest in,” Bowie said. “Those outcomes are anchored in education, income, health and immediate needs.”
“Our competitive advantage today is that we can now validate donors’ gifts to the local communities we serve by showing them the results of their investment. The agencies provide the service, report their data, and we measure their progress. It’s a much stronger message to deliver to our donors,” she added.
To date, only 16% of United Ways nationwide have employed this new framework, Bowie said.
During our 2013-2016 funding cycle, UWNCFL funded 26 programs across 19 local agencies within its six-county footprint. This time around, more than 30 local agencies have been accepted to participate in the FY17 funding cycle.
All funding decisions will be announced by June 2016 and funds will be distributed starting in July 2016.
To view the full list of United Way of North Central Florida Community Impact Partners or for more information, please call Amy Azoulay at 352-333-0854 or visit
United Way of North Central Florida has been a staple in the community since 1957. We serve a six-county area that includes Alachua, Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Union counties. Since our inception, we have raised more than $91 million for the region. In 2014, we were awarded the highest rating by Charity Navigator for accountability and transparency. Our mission is to improve lives and connect donors to results that demonstrate a lasting impact in the lives of the people we serve.