Funding FAQ’s: 2017 Investment Process

NOTE: The 2017-2018 Investment Process has closed. 

WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS THAT I NEED TO HAVE IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR FUNDING?

Minimum Requirements for Recipients and Applicants of United Way Funding:

Incorporation – The organization must be incorporated as a nonprofit health and social welfare organization, or chartered as a local unit by an organization so incorporated. The agency must have provided service for a minimum of two (2) years as an incorporated nonprofit entity.

Bylaws – The organization must have written bylaws that clearly define the organization’s purposes and functions, its structure, and the duties, authority and responsibilities of its governing Board and Officers.

Tax Exemption – The organization must be a nonprofit entity as defined by the Internal Revenue Code and under the regulations of North Carolina. The organization must comply with all Federal and North Carolina State registration requirements.

Governing Body –The organization must have an active, unpaid Board of Directors of at least six (6) active members that act as the governing body of the organization, establishes and enforces policy and meets at least quarterly.

Non-Discrimination –The organization must comply with Federal and State non-discrimination laws.

Anti-Terrorism – The organization must comply with all applicable anti-terrorist financing and asset control laws, statutes and executive orders, including the USA Patriot Act.

Financial Accountability – The organization must provide annually, comparative financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and examined by an independent CPA in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, if the total support and revenue exceeds $250,000.  If total support and revenue is less than $250,000, financial statements approved by the agencies' board of directors may be submitted in lieu of an audit.  The financial statements are due within four months after the conclusion of its fiscal year.  A copy of the Management Letter must accompany the audit

Local Services – The organization must provide services that are consistent with the purpose of United Way for the health and social welfare of persons working or living in the service area. At least one location of a member organization’s service facilities must be within the United Way of Coastal Carolina’s service area or have significant service impact as determined by the United Way of Coastal Carolina Board of Directors.

Support the Mission and Reputation of United Way – The organization must support the mission and reputation of United Way by actively supporting the annual campaign by conducting a United Way employee campaign within the agency and encouraging members of its governing Board, staff and constituents to contribute, to volunteer their services and to assist with other campaign/fundraising activities.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF FUNDED PROGRAMS?

The Funding Recipient must acknowledge the support from United Way in all promotional materials and communications related to the funded Program, project or service through the duration of the program or one year from the time of the award.

  • Printed Materials: Acknowledge that United Way of Coastal Carolina provided funding to the project, program or service and display the United Way logo or the words United Way of Coastal Carolina [United Way of Coastal Carolina will provide electronic versions of the logo]
  • Media Coverage: Identify United Way of Coastal Carolina as a source of funding in press releases, press conferences and interviews.
  • Website: Acknowledge United Way of Coastal Carolina as a source of funding when providing information about the project, program or service.
  • Signage: Display, where practical, a sign provided by United Way.

I’VE RECEIVED UNITED WAY FUNDING IN THE PAST. CAN I APPLY IN THE 2017 INVESTMENT PROCESS?

For the 2017 Investment Process, only programs that applied in the 2016-2017 are eligible to apply in the same Focus Area: Strategy as last year.

IF I APPLIED IN THE PAST, BUT DID NOT RECEIVE A GRANT AWARD CAN I APPLY AGAIN? CAN I APPLY FOR THE SAME PROGRAM IN THE 2017-2018 INVESTMENT PROCESS?

For the 2017-2018 Investment Process, only programs that applied in the 2016-2017 are eligible to apply in the same Focus Area: Strategy as last year.

CAN I APPLY IF THIS WOULD BE MY FIRST TIME APPLYING FOR A UNITED WAY GRANT?

No. United Way of Coastal Carolina has decided to not accept applications from new programs for the 2017-2018 Investment Process.

IF I AM AN ORGANIZATION IN ANOTHER COUNTY OUTSIDE THE 4-COUNTY REGION THAT UNITED WAY SERVES, BUT DO PROGRAMMING IN THE 4-COUNTY REGION, CAN I STILL APPLY FOR A COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND GRANT?

No. United Way of Coastal Carolina has decided to not accept applications from new programs for the 2017-2018 Investment Process.

I HAVE MULTIPLE PROGRAMS; DO I NEED A SEPARATE APPLICATION FOR EACH PROGRAM?

An agency with multiple programs must complete the Grant Application Form for each eligible program.

CAN I APPLY IF I AM ASKING FOR A GRANT LESS THAN $5,000?

No, the minimum funding request is $5,000.

CAN AN EXISTING PROGRAM APPLY FOR THE EXPANSION OF AN EXISTING PROGRAM?

Organizations may apply for funds to the expansion of an existing program if that program is already funded by UWCC.

CAN I COMPLETE THE GRANT USING A PRINTED APPLICATION?

No, all applications MUST be completed through the United Way Online Database Management system (e-CImpact). We do not accept applications in paper form.

SHOULD I APPLY IF MY ORGANIZATION HAS LESS THAN THREE YEARS OF OUTCOME DATA?

No. United Way of Coastal Carolina has decided to not accept applications from new programs for the 2017-2018 Investment Process.

DOES MY ORGANIZATION NEED TO PROVIDE AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS ANNUALLY?

For eligible organizations, financial requirements are based on the agency’s revenue size.

DOES MY ORGANIZATION NEED TO PROVIDE A COPY OF OUR IRS FORM 990?

Yes, for eligible organizations we do require the most recent Form 990.

WHEN WILL THE ORGANIZATIONS BE NOTIFIED ABOUT FUNDING?

All programs will be notified in June 2017 regarding the status of their funding request.