This is a two-part application. The first part is a Common Application, shared with the City of Bellingham's Housing, Human and Social Services grants. The second part is a United Way-specific Addendum.
 
Applicants may request program funding or funding in support of general operating expenses. While this application may refer to "program”, please respond with the appropriate program-specific response, or agency details if requesting general operating funding.
 
Applicants must submit all materials to United Way by Friday, February 10th, 2023. 

There are two ways to submit your application:
  1. Through this online portal which includes both the Common Application and United Way-specific Addendum and an area to upload all required documentation OR
  2. By submitting the Common Application and United Way-specific Addendum Word documents and all required documentation via email to hello@unitedwaywhatcom.org  
Submit your application only once: through this portal or via email, not both.
 
If you plan to submit online, we recommend that you draft responses to each question and then copy them into the online submission form.
 
We recommend you review the Memorandum of Understanding and the Agency Relations Policy posted on our website prior to submitting your application. 
 
*Currently funded organizations please note the following:
  • Year-end reports will be due in April of 2023. Please visit our website where more information will soon be shared.
  • Currently funded organizations with grants ending June 30, 2023 are eligible to submit a 2023 grant application to UWWC.
  • Currently funded organizations with a multi-year grant (awarded in July of 2022) are eligible to apply for new funding at the end of their multi-year grant cycle.
Common Application Part A: COVER PAGE

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* Agency Contact Information:

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* Executive Director:

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* Application Contact (If different from ED):

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* Program Information:

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* The average award is under $30,000 per year, depending on the funder and program type. How much funding are you requesting?

Common Application Part B: AGENCY INFORMATION
Please limit your responses to no more than two pages for the next 5 questions.

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* Agency Mission. Please paste of copy of your agency’s mission statement below.

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* Agency Beneficiaries. Who are your primary clients or beneficiaries? Please describe the demographics your organization serves, and total number of beneficiaries served per year.

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* Qualifications and expertise. Briefly summarize your agency’s qualifications and expertise (e.g., years of operation, accreditations, experience of staff members, number of volunteers). Please mention any recent major organizational changes.

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* Racial Equity and Social Justice. What steps has your organization taken to address issues of racial equity and social justice within your agency? Which steps are complete, and which are planned or ongoing?

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* Funding and partnerships. List your organization’s most significant funding sources from greatest to least (including the United Way and City of Bellingham); dollar amounts are not necessary. If you have many funding sources, you may list them by category (i.e., federal, state, foundations, individual donors). Please mention any anticipated or recent changes in your future funding or financial position.

Common Application Part C: PROGRAM INFORMATION
Please limit your responses to no more than two pages for the next five questions.

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* Program Summary. Briefly summarize the program and its core activities in one or two sentences.

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* Program Purpose. Identify the community need(s) that the program addresses. What are the measurable outcomes that will result from the services provided?

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* Program Beneficiaries. What is the target population and geographic area of the program? Estimate how many clients this program will serve per year.

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* Funding Needs.  How did you determine the amount of your grant request? Please describe the program-specific costs and operating costs that you are hoping this grant will cover.

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* Program Status.  How long has this program been in operation in Whatcom County? Since your last application, have you made any changes in how you offer services? If this is a new program, how far along is your agency in the planning process? What resources has your organization already invested?

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