Request for Proposals 2021

United Way of the Greater Capital Region

Respond & Recover Impact Agenda 2021

United Way of the Greater Capital Region (UWGCR) aims to enhance community well-being at a generational scale. The updated Respond & Recover Impact Agenda in 2021 prioritizes cross-sectoral, collaborative community efforts, including partnerships that leverage research and community wisdom to create informed and innovative approaches with measurable outcomes.

Prior to the onset of the current economic and health crisis brought on by COVID-19, 11% of households in the Greater Capital Region lived in poverty and 30% struggled to afford the basics, making impossible choices between rent, food, utilities, health care, transportation and childcare despite working very hard. This is the population that the United Way refers to as: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE). We are living in a time of multiple pandemics and COVID-19 has exacerbated long-existing injustices and inequities. The 2021 Impact Agenda prioritizes funding for organizations and programming that address urgent needs or challenge systemic inequities of those most disproportionately impacted.

UWGCR’s updated Impact Agenda will be rolled out in two phases; this request for proposals is for Phase 1 only: 

  • 2021- Phase 1: Respond and Recover (One-year grant awards)
  • 2022- Phase 2: Reimagine and Rebuild. This phase will ground the updated impact agenda in community consultation to best understand current needs and aspirations. In this phase, the impact agenda will be updated in light of the current philanthropic landscape to ensure we can best support community partners in our shared mission of building sustainable, just, and healthy communities.

Respond and Recover Impact Agenda is comprised of three separate funding streams: 

  • Focused Investments- open application
  • Family Neighborhood Resource Centers- by invitation only
  • Collaborative Investments- by invitation only

This call for proposals is for Focused Investments only. Grant awards are unrestricted funding. Applications as part of this funding round must address at least one of the priorities determined in UWGCR’s four focus areas:

1) Early Childhood Success

a. Promote early childhood development from conception to age 5 (health, enrichment, protection, including maternal health.)

b. Strengthen early childhood education (birth to kindergarten)

2) Youth Success

a. Promote youth mental and behavioral health

b. Promote skill-building for educational and/or quality employment 

3) Health and Well-being

a. Promote and protect access to and retention of safe and affordable housing

b. Promote and enhance sustainable access to healthy and affordable food

4) Financial Security

a. Enhance workforce development

b. Increase availability of work supports (e.g. childcare, elder care, transportation, technology)

c. Promote financial inclusion and asset-building


Organizations who receive funding as a Family Neighborhood Resource Centers are not eligible to apply for funding under the Focused Investments. 

Deadline to submit complete application is Dec. 30, 2020. For convenience, you may view a PDF of the application questions HERE. Applications must be submitted electronically using the form included below. 

Please contact with any questions.