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2019 RFP - Lifting Families out of Poverty

Issue-Focused Request for Proposals (RFP)

The United Way of Lewis County 2019 Request for Proposal (RFP) is open and competitive to 501(c)3's, public nonprofit organizations, cities, schools, and community business organizations.

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All grant applications must be submitted using the online form no later than 4:00 pm on June 27, 2019. For questions, contact United Way of Lewis County at or call 360-748-8100.



United Way of Lewis County is accepting proposals for funding that align with the organization's poverty-reduction goal of 30% of families out of poverty by 2030. Specifically, proposals that demonstrate proven and/or promising practices in the focus areas of Affordable Housing, Early Education (Pre-K), and Access to Resources.

In Lewis County, 14% of households live at or below the poverty line. An additional 33% are working and live just above the poverty threshold yet are unable to consistently meet their basic needs. This is the ALICE population (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed). The 2018 ALICE report shows that the number of households who are working yet are still struggling has increased by 10%.  Many families who were formerly self-sufficient have fallen below the ALICE threshold.

Based on the Houshold Surival Budget, it takes more than double the U.S. poverty rate of $24,300 for a family of four* to afford the essentials - creating an increasing gap between living in poverty and reaching stability for families.

United Way of Lewis County seeks to support programs utilizing evidence-based practices that reduce the barriers of poverty for families (including ALICE families) in Lewis County. Programs must provide innovative solutions and successful measurable outcomes (you will be asked how you measure success and what measurement tool you are using) in the area(s) of Affordable Housing, Early Education (Pre-K), and Access to Resources.

  • Affordable Housing - programs that provide access to housing assistance to families living below the median household income ($45,523 for family of four).*

  • Early Education (Pre-K) - programs that provide quality educational experiences for young children (birth to 5) prior to entering Kindergarten.

  • Access to Resources - programs that connect and help navigate families to services that meet their urgent, transitional, and long-term needs.

Data sources: 2016 Point-in-Time, American Community Survey, ALICE demographics, American Community Survey; the ALICE Threshold. Budget: US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development.

Application Requirements

1) The organization and program demonstrate the capacity to implement proven and/or promising practices to institute successful poverty-reduction programs, with a clearly defined target population identified based on the existing poverty/ALICE data.

2) Funding Eligibility

  • Organization/program must be in operation for at least one year at the time of application.

  • Must be able to show outcome measurement(s).

  • Must provide services within Lewis County.

  • Charitable registration status must be current with the Washington Secretary of State.

  • Organization must be governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, which serves without pay, meets regularly, and exercises effective administrative control.

3) Applications must submit the following documents along with the proposal:

  • IRS Determination letter.

  • Organization's program budget.

  • Current 990.

  • A recent annual audit prepared by an independent CPA firm, which was completed for the period ending within the last 18 months. Organizations with annual revenue less than $500,000 may submit a financial review prepared by an independent CPA firm.

  • Organiztion's current full board roster.

Collaboratives and coalitions focused on Affordable Housing, Early Education (pre-K), and Access to Resources are encouraged to apply.

Items Not Eligible For Funding

  • Sectarian programs (we will fund a program of a religious organization as long as the program does not require religious content and is open to all).

  • Capital campaigns for buildings, etc.

  • Pilot projects.

Funding Opportunity Description

Grant Amount: United Way of Lewis County has $50,000 in grant funding available. It is required that grant funds must be used for programs that address Affordable Housing, Early Education (Pre-K), and/or Access to Resources.

Purpose of Program: Grants must work to reduce poverty for families in at least one of the three identified focus areas as it relates to United Way of Lewis County's goal of 30% out of poverty by 2030.

Priorities: United Way of Lewis County will give competitive priority to applicants serving a clearly defined target population that lives in poverty (U.S. poverty rate of $24,300 for a family of four) or are ALICE; implementing proven or promising practices designed to reduce poverty for families.

Funding Criteria

United Way of Lewis County will give the highest priority to programs/projects that reflect the following criteria:

1. Program Effectiveness - demonstrated ability to deliver quality program service with evidence-based outcome measures that are aimed at reducing poverty, while fostering coordination with other services in the community to maximize resources.

2. Align with United Way of Lewis County's bold goal of 30% out of poverty by 2030.

3. Organizational Capacity -

  • Organization meets United Way of Lewis County's funding and reporting requirements.

  • Organization has the capacity to sustain the program after the grant is fulfilled.

  • Organization and program are well managed and fiscally sound, and demonstrate efficient use of limited resources.

  • Program has a proven track record of success and uses a collaborative approach to addressing client needs.

United Way of Lewis County reserves the right to reject any and all programs in part or in whole. All decisions are made at the discretion of the United Way of Lewis County Board of Directors.