Request for Proposals (RFP)

United Way of Deschutes County is committed to creating lasting change in conditions that foster or perpetuate critical issues and problems that affect our community by bringing together people and organizations that, working together, can make visible and measureable change.  To tackle our community’s toughest challenges we lead, support and invest in community efforts focusing on the building blocks of opportunity – education, financial stability and health to ensure that all our children are safe and prepared to succeed in school and in life, a safety net of services is in place to help people in crisis, and individuals and families are safe, healthy and able to thrive.

United Way of Deschutes County (UWDC) is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for its 2017-2018 Collective Impact Strategy Grants process. The RFP will cover the program period of July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.

To be eligible to apply for a Collective Impact Strategy Grant for 2017-18, applicants must be a non-profit organization providing human services in Deschutes County.  

Program/Project requests must

  • Foster long term changes in community conditions (Community Impact)
  • Align with and contribute to achievement of one or more of the priority community outcomes outlined in this document
        Ready, Learn, Succeed
        Safety Net
        Safe & Thriving Families
  • Prevent or mitigate the effects of trauma, toxic stress or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Build resiliency in individuals and communities and promotes health and well-being
  • Demonstrate collaboration that complements the community-wide TRACEs Initiative
  • Demonstrate competence and understanding of diversity and inclusion practices
  • Use evidence-based or evidence-informed strategies

To apply, organizations must first complete and submit a letter of intent.
The forms are available using this Word document link. Letter of Intent (LOI) forms (Word)

All LOI’s must be received by 2:00pm, Friday, April 14, 2017.

Applicants will be notified by April 21, 2017 if they are eligible to submit a full proposal, which will be due by May 12, 2017

All requests will be assessed on a competitive basis and applicants are not guaranteed to receive funding.  The review process will use standard criteria, including applicant programs’ alignment with the United Way of Deschutes County Community Impact Priorities.  

Community Impact Priorities
UWDC utilizes a theory of change which focuses on building adult capability in order to improve child outcomes as well as adult outcomes. This model calls for strengthening the capacity of everyone who deals with children.  We recognize the inter-relationship of trauma, toxic stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in many social, educational and health problems and seek to build resilience in individuals and families by investing in systems and programs that successfully address these three priorities:

Ready, Learn, Succeed – Children entering kindergarten are ready to learn with health and development on track, reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade, are supported in the transitional years, and graduate high school, so they are positioned for success in school and in life.

Safety Net – People are financially stable and have reliable access to nutritious food, safe and secure shelter and basic health services.  A critical safety net of services, opportunities and supports for low-income children and families that move them from crisis to stability.  

Safe and Thriving Families –People are safe from violence and abuse, and toxic stress.  Individuals and families have access to information and resources that promote health & well-being. 

Letter of Intent (LOI) forms (Word)