United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) is seeking proposals for its Community Impact Grant Program in support of Income: Economic Self-Sufficiency Request for Proposals.  The grants will be for three years (April 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017) and will focus on proposals from qualified organizations to support programs and services focused on improving the economic self-sufficiency of households in Hampden County, South Hadley and Granby.  This RFP is one component of UWPV’s overall grantmaking program which includes: Small Grants Program, Basic Needs Grant Program, the Community Initiatives Fund.


Organizations should apply for a single program or project where UWPV funding can have the most impact.  Please read the full RFP to learn about our provisions for agency collaborations on a single program.



UWPV believes that individuals and families who are financially stable can become economically self-sufficient when they have sufficient assets and credit to withstand financial challenges and/or are able to invest in the future.


Therefore, UWPV will fund programs who demonstrate  effective programming that will assist working individuals and families in Hampden County facing the “self-sufficiency” gap as defined by the MA Economic Sufficiency Index, to build assets.


United Way of Pioneer Valley is seeking proposals for its Community Impact Grant program. These grants will support programs and services consistent with United Way of Pioneer Valley’s 2010 Board-approved Community Impact Blueprint that outlined the prioritized areas of focus. Grants will be awarded for a period of three years from April 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.


Income: Economic Self-Sufficiency Grant Program

seeks to support UWPV’s theory of change by promoting increased economic self-sufficiency for participating Hampden County households. Funding will support programs that provide asset building services to individuals and families who are ready and able to move towards increased economic sufficiency.


Program strategies that UWPV will fund:

UWPV will supplement grantees’ programming by providing funding for either/both of the following strategies

  • Financial literacy, planning and management services
  • Reduction of debt and/or repair credit

All organizations that are interested in applying for this Community Impact Grant will be required to submit an online Letter of Intent to Apply. Organizations will be notified if they are selected to submit a full application.



 KEY DATES for this RFP

  • Request for Proposal released – October 1
  • Information session for applicants- October 4 and 11  (details below)
  • Online Letter of Intent to apply due -Monday, October 21 by 4:00 p.m.
  • Notify Agencies selected to submit a full Application-Friday, November 1
  • Online Applications for funding due-Friday,  December 6 by 4:00 p.m.
  • Notification of funding decisions – Monday, February 24
  • Signed Memorandum of Understanding due– Monday, March 24
  • Funding released (quarterly)-April 1 

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