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United Way Opens Grant Cycle Request for Proposals (RFPs)

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Local Non-Profit Agency representatives clarify goals within the framework of collaboration at the 2017 United Way Request for Proposal meeting.

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) will host its annual Requests for Proposal (RFP) informational meeting for non-profit agencies from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 19, in the Carlson Conference Room at Transylvania Regional Hospital, located at 260 Hospital Drive, Brevard. The meeting will include a question and answer segment.

Attendance at the RFP informational meeting is required for any non-profit agency to be eligible for funding during UWTC’s upcoming July 1 to June 30 grant cycle. Topics covered at the meeting will include eligibility guidelines, an overview of the RFP process, a review of required documents, and application deadlines.

Successful applicants will present programs that produce measurable results that align with the goals listed in UWTC Focus Issue: Empowering Through the Next Generation,”  which may be viewed on  the United Way of Transylvania County website, under the Resources tab.

Eligibility   All applicants must:

·         Be a 501(c)(3) or public tax-exempt health and human services organization

·         Serve Transylvania County Residents

·         Have a program/project with impacts on one or more Education, Health or Financial Stability community level program results found in “UWTC Focus Issue: Empowering

Through the Next Generation”

·         Meet United Way’s contractual obligations found under Resources: RFP General Guidelines on our web site.


“Collaboratives” are defined as any program proposals involving two or more agencies working together to improve and sustain measurable community level outcomes.  Data from the past 3 years shows that collaborative efforts have been over 120% more effective. In each case, the results have exceeded the projected outcomes. 

Accordingly, the Allocations and Agency Relations Committee have been charged to consider all applications, with preference given to early childhood education and collaborative initiatives.

Letters of Intent – Only LOIs for collaboratives will be accepted. This letter must be approved before proceeding with a full application.

Teams of volunteers from the community in each Focus Area will evaluate grant applications and make allocation recommendations to the Board of Directors. 

Application Requirements and Review Timeframe


Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline for new programs onlynoon, Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Request for Proposal (RFP) Application Deadline: noon, Friday, March 16, 2018


Funding Notification & Training Date: 3-5 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2018


Volunteers needed

United Way is also looking for community members to join its grant review team. These volunteers will review requests for proposals and visit applicant agencies before providing input to the board for allocations decisions.

Interested agencies and volunteers can obtain more detailed information about UWTC’s mission, vision and areas of focus from UWTC’s webpage ( The “Resources” tab offers a drop-down list including “RFP General Guidelines.” For specific questions, please call 828.883.8822.

About United Way

Campaign contributions support initiatives including community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) contributions also fund approximately $300,000 annually in grants to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions. UWTC funds actions providing early childhood education resources, after-school and summer youth programs, adult day care, health services, financial education and counseling, youth conflict resolution training, parenting education and resources, and programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect.

UWTC empowers people to improve their lives.  Specific goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit  or

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