UWPV Basic Needs Grant Program

United Way of Pioneer Valley announces we are accepting Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2016-2017 Basic Needs Grant Program.These grants will support programs and services that provide temporary, short-term food, shelter, and heating assistance to individuals and families faced with an emergency due to loss of employment, housing, escaping domestic violence, natural disaster, fire etc. Grants will be awarded for a period of 12 months from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. The purpose of the Basic Needs Grant program is to support and sustain strong communities in Hampden County, South Hadley, and Granby, Massachusetts.



The Basic Needs Grants are intended to fund and support basic emergency services provided by organizations located in and serving the people of Hampden County, South Hadley and Granby, Massachusetts. The organization’s grantmaking programs are one of several ways that UWPV provides support for the communities and people in our region.


Organizations with current UWPV funding through June 30, 2016 may apply if their proposed program or service is consistent with the criteria as outlined in this RFP, and will provide the indicators and outcomes identified in the RFP. Organizations should apply for a single program or project where UWPV funding can have the most impact. Applicants who have current grant(s) with United Way and have outstanding requirements due, must submit these requirements before applying through this RFP.


The purpose of the Community Impact Grant program is to support and sustain strong communities in Hampden County, South Hadley and Granby, Massachusetts. Your proposal must discuss how you plan to improve the services you currently offer or expand the number of people you will assist.


This grant program has three areas of focus to assist people in meeting emergency, basic needs:

Shelter Short-term housing for people who are: homeless, escaping domestic violence, displaced due to a natural disaster, a fire, etc…

Food: Support short-term food assistance for people facing economic hardship, homelessness, isolation (homebound), etc… This will include food pantries, meal services, and completing SNAP applications.

Heating Assistance: Short-term heating assistance for individuals and families whose household incomes are 201%-350% of federal poverty levels and 60%-80% state median income levels, and therefore not eligible for public assistance, up to $500 per household per year.


All organizations interested in applying for this Community Impact Grant will be required to submit aLetter of Intent by Friday, February 12.

Organizations will be notified by Feb. 19 if they are selected to submit a full application.


KEY DATES for this RFP


Request for Proposal released - January 25, 2016


Orientation session for applicants-Tuesday, Feb. 2, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. or Wednesday, Feb. 3, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. both sessions are at United Way, 1441 Main St, Springfield, MA

Online Letter of Intent to apply due - Friday, February 12 by 4:30 p.m.

Notify Agencies IF selected to submit a full Application- Friday, February 19


Online Full Applications due- Friday, March 4 by 4:30 p.m.,


Notification of funding decisions - by May 31


Signed Memorandum of Understanding due - June 24, 2016


Funding released to 2016-2017 Basic Needs Grantees (quarterly)-July 2016