2020 Response Fund Process
United Way of Miami-Dade (UWMD) deploys a variety of strategies and tactics to achieve community impact. One tactic is grant funding for direct services delivered by community partners. We are pleased to announce the 2020 Response Fund Process with funding opportunities in two of UWMD’s impact areas: Health and School-Age Education.
The Response Fund targets a limited number of funding objectives prioritized by UWMD volunteers in each impact area. Funds allocated through the Response Fund Process complement UWMD’s broader portfolio of currently funded services. They are used to address gaps and emerging needs and opportunities. The grant process is open to all 501(c)3 organizations providing services in Miami-Dade County.
Through the 2020 Response Fund Process, we will request proposals aligned with the funding objectives and other parameters summarized below. Upon completion of a competitive, volunteer-driven selection process, grants for the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022 will be awarded.
If awarded a grant through the Response Fund process, grantees that meet outcome expectations and stewardship guidelines will become eligible to compete for funding through future UWMD Impact Partner Fund investment processes.
Specific requests for proposals (RFPs) will be issued when the process opens (February 5, 2020):
Build client’s capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and the health benefits and resources available to them (knowledge/attitudes) and foster utilization of services and resources (behavior/access). Proposals that include and/or build upon enrollment services are encouraged, but those limited to enrollment alone will not be considered. Proposals with outcomes that address client knowledge/attitudes may be considered, but more compelling proposals will emphasize actual behavior/access.
Integrate volunteer strategies that support client health outcomes. With an interest in cost-effectiveness and sustainability, UWMD’s interest is to diversify the current health portfolio with programs that utilize volunteers (unpaid or stipend-based) to deliver or co-deliver interventions that directly achieve, support achievement of, enhance, or sustain client outcomes. Types of health outcomes must align with one of UWMD’s health priorities:
- Access to Care – removal of barriers and/or provision of services for improved physical health, oral health, and mental health and emotional wellbeing
- Healthy Lifestyles – to foster healthy childhood weight with an emphasis on healthy eating, physical activity, and healthier environments at school, at home, and in the community
- Healthy Older Adults – to address aging and ensure the community, family, and in-home supports that foster independence.
Improve the literacy of parents/caregivers with low literacy skills through family literacy programming for both adults and their children that build the family’s strengths for long-term literacy learning.
In the Health area the total amount to be awarded (for the Health Literacy & Access and Volunteer-Driven Programming) will not exceed $163,662 per year for two years. A total of 3-8 grant awards are anticipated ranging from $10,000-$50,000 per year for two years. Refer to the final RFPs for more information.
In the School-Age Education area the total amount to be awarded (for the Family Literacy Programming) will not exceed $50,000 per year for two years. Refer to the final RFP for more information.
Access to online applications through the United Way of Miami-Dade Grants System is anticipated after 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. The RFP application consists of two main elements which comprise the full application; Agency application (applicants will be required to complete and submit one agency application) and Program application (applicants will be required to submit one program application for each program submission). The completed application will be due to United Way by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2020.
Application & Outcome Measurement Training Dates & Times
We will be offering application and outcome measurement training for all applicants. While not mandatory, all applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the training. We are offering two dates and you will have the choice of attending a morning or afternoon session noted below. If you plan to attend the training, you must rsvp to Maria Velez at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 7, 2020.
Monday, February 10, 2020
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Both training sessions will take place at United Way of Miami-Dade, Ryder Conference Room, 3250 S.W. 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33129. Application training is 1½ hours followed immediately by up to 2 hours of outcome measurement training. More detailed information will be available in the final RFP documents and at the training session.