2018-2020 Grant Cycle

Letter of Interest for New & Targeted Initiatives

United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States (UWDATS) will accept Letters of Interest from January 3-19, 2018. Letters of Interest are limited to two pages and should contain:

  • A brief agency and program description;
  • UWDATS pillar the program coincides with (Health, Education, Income/Financial Stability);
  • How this program fulfills a demonstrated community need;
  • Population served;
  • Organization’s experience serving that population collaboration with other organizations; and,
  • Any other details the Organization wishes to include.

Letters of Interest should be submitted via mail or email to Jessica Bleile, Director of Community Building & Impact, jessica.bleile@dbqunitedway.org United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States, 215 W. 6th Street, Dubuque, IA 52001. Submissions postmarked after January 19, 2018 or sent by email after 5pm on January 19, 2018 will not be accepted.

A review panel of community volunteers will determine nonprofits that will be invited to complete an online funding application, based on the scoring of the Letter of Interest. Organizations will be notified of the results of the screening of the Letters of Interest in mid-February.

2018-2020 Request for Proposal (RFP) for Funding

UWDATS has two funding streams that are currently open for application for the 2018-2020 grant cycle.

  • Currently Sponsored Program funding is open to programs that have received funding through this category in the 2017 - 2018 grant cycle.
  • Application for New and Targeted Initiatives funding is open to nonprofit programs that have completed their letter of interest and have been invited to complete the full grant application.

Listed below are the important dates for the two different funding streams, Currently Sponsored Programs and New & Targeted Initiatives.

Currently Sponsored Program

New & Targeted Initiatives

December 28, 2017: RFP Available. Previous grant applications will be saved on the site.

January 8, 2018: CSP grant is open on e-CImpact. UWDATS will accept any CSP grant questions in writing. Such questions will be answered in writing via a Funding/Process FAQ, which will be updated and sent out to the master distribution list so that all CSP have access to the information. Names of organizations asking questions will not be disclosed.

January 26, 2018: Online CPS grant applications due by 5 p.m.; no late submissions accepted.

January 3, 2018: UWDATS starts accepting Letters of Interest for New & Targeted Initiatives funding requests.

January 19, 2018: Letters of Interest for New & Targeted Initiatives funding due by 5 p.m.; no late submissions accepted.

February 19, 2018: Online New & Targeted Initiatives grant applications available to invited organizations.

February 26, 2018: New & Targeted Initiative Workshop 8:30 to 10 am to review online grant application; open to invited organizations only. This is not a required workshop but available as a resource.

March 12, 2018: Online New & Targeted Initiatives grant applications due by 5 p.m.; no late submissions accepted.

March 26-28, 2018: New & Targeted Initiatives provide oral presentations. (sign up times will be provided)

*April 27, 2018: CSP Grant Awards announced, New & Targeted Initiatives Grant Awards announced (*dependent upon UWDATS Board approval).

June 1, 2018: Funding begins for CSP and New and Targeted Initiatives Funding

Please click here for the pdf form of the RFP which includes information for both funding streams.

Please click here for the E-CImpact site for grant applications.

This RFP provides prospective applicants information regarding requirements and eligibility for United Way of Dubuque Area Tri- States (UWDATS) funding as part of the 2018-2020 Investment Process. The document includes:

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ);
  • Key Dates and Deadlines;
  • Overview of Currently Sponsored Programs and New & Targeted Initiatives Funding;
  • Overview of the Evaluation Process and;
  • Performance/Outcomes Measures.

This multi-year funding process provides one year of funding with the opportunity for a renewal of funding for a second year. Funding for the second year is not guaranteed.

UWDATS is not able to fund all worthwhile applications. Each year, the UWDATS Board of Directors determines the amount of grant money available for allocations to programs. The Investment Review Panel, a team of donors and subject matter experts, will make recommendations for funding to the Community Impact Committee who will then get approval from the full Board of Directors, prior to funding announcements. Funding for the second year will be based upon program targeted outcomes and approval from UWDATS Board of Directors.

It is the goal of UWDATS to fund the strongest proposals based on established evaluation criteria with heavy emphasis on documented program performance. All applications are scored based on the following:

  • Fit within the United Way Focus Area(s)- Health, Education, Income/Financial Stability;
  • Strong connection between community needs, client population served and non-duplication of services with existing program(s);
  • Measurable outcomes; and
  • Program budget that is reasonable and appropriate for the activities required to achieve proposed outcomes.

***While UWDATS strives to not fund duplicate programs, it may fund similar programs if the level of community need warrants it.***