Though being introduced in the fourth quarter, these types of grant structures could also be considered during our regular quarterly programming cycles, respective to each specific quarterly focus area (Quarter 1-Economic Development, Quarter 2-Education, Quarter 3-Health). Importantly, applicants are always welcome and encouraged to meet and talk with UWGGC to ensure a mutual understanding of these additional design opportunities.
Each of these grant categories is discussed below.
a. Collaborative Partnerships Grants (CPG):
CPGs should be designed to address social issues not readily addressed by one organization or in one sector. Collaborative Partnerships include: engagement of more than one implementing partner; a common strategic vision among partners; shared impact approaches among partners; reinforcing activities among partners; and a clear description of partner roles, budgets, responsibilities and expectations. CPGs could have a planned “Life of Project” of 3 to 5 years. Funding will occur annually, based on performance and availability of funds.
CPG recipients, with a project of 3 to 5 years in duration, are required to submit annual implementation plans for UWGGC review. These annual plans should include a time-based plan describing activities and corresponding forecasted targets/outcomes for the year. The first-year implementation plan should be part of the application; subsequent annual plans will be due one month prior to the anniversary date of the grant.
In conjunction with True Impact, CPG recipients will be required to submit semi-annual and annual performance data for UWGGC review.
b. Innovation and Proof of Concept
These grants should be designed to encourage innovation, test development hypotheses, and encourage novel approaches to social and economic problem solving. These grants are an opportunity for organizations to try something new they may have been wanting to explore.
c. Less Restrictive Grants
This category could allow an organization flexibility in how they use the funds over the grant period (subject to UWGGC’s funding guidelines and standing rules). In their proposals, applicants should specify “organization” outcomes rather than “project” outcomes. Organizations with a history of strong leadership, strategy, governance and impact per dollar may be better served with this flexibility, allowing them to think long term, develop organizational strength, and simplify impact reporting (i.e. by organization rather than project). Consult with UWGGC staff to determine whether your organization would be eligible for a “less restrictive” grant.
d. Feasibility/Planning Grants:
These grants, expected to be less than one year in duration, are designed to strengthen community organizations by supporting technical feasibility studies, organizational development/training, and strategic planning.
General 4th Quarter Guidance:
All 4th Quarter grant categories require that proposals support one or more of UWGGC’s priority areas (economic development, education, and/or health). Before preparing the standard UWGGC online application, applicants are encouraged to establish a dialogue with the UWGGC to ensure a mutual understanding of the design requirements. All grants over $5,000 will require True Impact engagement.