Greater Gallatin United Way Community Investment Grants

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Greater Gallatin United Way Community Investment

Our mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.

We are proud to partner with local organizations to address community challenges and deliver vital programs throughout Gallatin, Madison, Meagher and Park Counties. These organizations and programs are central to Greater Gallatin United Way working for community change and improving lives.  We support nonprofits’ work with resources including advocacy, volunteers, best practices, board training, and where strategies align, funding.  Greater Gallatin United Way has invested over $14 Million into this region of Montana.

Awarding grants to help fund partner programs is one strategy GGUW uses to tackle priority community issues surrounding Basic Needs, Child and Youth Success, Senior Stability and Mental Health & Well-Being.  Funding decisions are made in conjunction with the organizations own program strengthening, capacity building, public policy, collaborative efforts and community initiatives that seek to find solutions.  Many traditional and non-traditional partners, working together to be innovative, creative, flexible, and measurable, are needed to make lasting positive changes in our community conditions.

GGUW Board of Directors actively reviews areas of focus toward which the organization will direct funds raised in our annual fundraising campaign.  Resources may be invested within the organization to advance community priorities or externally through a competitive grant process.

Funding priorities are based on a variety of tools including community assessments, focus groups, surveys, GGUW's strategic plan and information gleaned through the grant application process.  Ultimately, GGUW is guided by the desired outcomes of the community.

GGUW's annual Community Investment grant application is an online process opening the first week of February.  It is community-driven and volunteer-based with a focus on improving lives.  The process is open, competitive, accountable, straightforward, and user-friendly.  

Community Investment Grant Application Eligibility

  • Not-for-profit status:  The organization must be in existence as a not-for-profit for a minimum of one-year at the time of application, operating under tax-exempt status as provided for by the Internal Revenue Service, and governed by written by-laws in accordance with Montana law.
  • Mission:   The organization’s purpose, approved by the organization’s Board, should be formally and specifically stated in a mission statement and be human service based.

Organization(s)/Program(s) for which funding is requested must:

  • Be consistent with its stated organization mission
  • Have a substantial presence in providing human services to the residents of Gallatin, Park, Madison, and/or Meagher Counties
  • Strong governance
  • Demonstrate effectiveness, experience and capacity using measurable outcomes
  • Quantitative goals
  • Robust financial systems in place
  • Ability to demonstrate financial need

GGUW identified the following 4 Community Impact Areas as priority needs for Gallatin, Madison, Meagher and Park Counties that can be addressed through community partnerships.  Grant applicants must determine PRIMARILY what Community Impact Area their work falls and what Community Outcomes/Goals they will impact.

II. Community Impact Area:  Basic Needs – Ensuring basic needs are met.

  • Eliminate food insecurity
  • End homelessness and advance affordable housing
  • Increase access to affordable health care for at risk populations
  • Improve ability to connect to and access community resources

II. Community Impact Area:  Child and Youth Success– Ensuring all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

  • Promote early literacy and grade level reading  

  • By 2022, 85% of children entering Kindergarten will have requisite literacy skills as measured by STAR early literacy.  (A score of 530 on the STAR assessment is a good predictor of success by 3rd grade.)
  • By 2025, 90% of 3rd Grade Students will demonstrate grade level reading skills by achieving a proficient score on the STAR reading assessment at the end of the school year.
  • Increase access to affordable quality child care (0-5 years)

  • By 2020, increase infant care slots in Gallatin County from 340 to 680
  • By 2020, increase Best Beginnings’ scholarship enrollment in Gallatin County from 1,032 to 1,296
  • Increase access to affordable quality out-of-school time care (5+ year-olds) providing full time support for working families

  • By 2020, increase 2 years to 5 year old slots in Gallatin County from 1607 to 1767
  • Increase quality of early child care programs through professional development   

III. Community Impact Area:  Senior Stability– Promoting healthy aging.

  • Enhance senior mental and physical well-being
  • Help seniors remain independent as long as possible
  • Promote end-of-life education and support for seniors and care givers

IV. Community Impact Area:  Mental Health and Well-Being– Ensuring every individual realizes their own potential and can contribute to the community.  Build resilient and trauma-informed communities.

  • Increase community outreach, education and awareness about mental health and mental illness (includes stress reduction, resilience, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), suicide prevention, and social emotional learning)
  • Ensure effective crisis intervention
  • Enhance coordinated of services and improve accessAdvance knowledge and proficiency of resilience-building and trauma-informed care of community care providers through Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), Trauma-Informed Care, self-care, and other training and education
  • Combat abuse and human trafficking and support survivors

Successful Grant Application Requirements (in addition to online grant application) must include:

  • Most current IRS Tax Determination letter
  • Previous year’s revenues less than $250,000: Previous completed fiscal year Financial statements and current year-to-date Financial Statements (include Balance Sheet and Statement of Activities)
  • Previous year’s revenues greater than $250,000: Most recent Audit and current year Financial Statements (include Balance Sheet and Statement of Activities)
  • IRS 990 or 990EZ that matches the same year as the completed Financial Statement or Audit
  • Budgets for organization and for program(s) applying for funding
  • Full Grant Applicant Presentations
  • A representative(s) of the organization is required to perform a 15-20 minute oral presentation.  GGUW will contact organizations with presentation date, time and location.

Community Investment Schedule

  • Grant Application Opens – Thursday, February 1 at 12:00 Noon
  • All grant applicants will use the same grant application for funding (Full and Mini-Grants use the same form).
  • Volunteer Recruitment Opens -  Thursday, February 1 (Deadline Monday, March 5)
  • Grant Applicant Information Meeting – Tuesday, February 6, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at GGUW
  • Grant Application Closes - Tuesday, February 28 at 4:59 pm
  • Volunteer Traing - Wednesday, March 7, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at GGUW
  • Grant Applicant Presentations - Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Home Lutheran Church on South 19th Ave. - CLICK HERE to Schedule
  • Fund Distribution - Begins July 1, 2018 (Payment schedule provided with Award Letter and SOA)

Community Investment Volunteer Roles

Community Investment Committee Chair

  • Preside over the Community Investment Committee for a term of two years
  • Member of the GGUW Board of Directors
  • Facilitate the preparation and presentation of final investment recommendation for disbursement of GGUW Community Funds to the Board

Board Members, Donors and Volunteers

  • Attend all meetings required and be prepared to read grants, complete evaluation forms, and prepare any questions
  • Report to Community Investment Chair
  • Disclose any possible conflicts of interest
  • Respect confidentiality of information, program efforts, and the process  
  • Do not micromanage; be careful of bringing outside information to the table

Financial Review Team

  • Accountants and others with comprehensive knowledge of financial statements of non-profit organizations.
  • May not review any organization with which they have a conflict of interest
  • Completes evaluation forms regarding the financial status of each applicant organization

Confidentiality/Conflicts of Interest

  • All information gathered from applicants is for use in the review process only.  A Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest statement will be signed by each participant. A breach of confidence could result in damage to the credibility of the agency and GGUW, as well as cause a break in positive relations.  

All discussions and comments should be objective and fair.  GGUW values community investment procedures which are fair, responsible, free of personal bias, and which reflect the stewardship role which donors have assigned the organization.