In addition to our traditionally funded Partner Agencies, United Way of Denton County reviews and approves targeted Impact Grants to meet critical community needs through evidence-based programs that help children, families, veterans, people experiencing homelessness, and people affected by mental illness.
Fund One: General Community Impact Grant
In 2018 and 2019, our General Community Impact Grants have targeted investments towards:
- City of Denton to jointly fund backbone support for the Denton County Homelessness Leadership Team
- Denton County MHMR to support the LOSS Team, a support service for suicide survivors and surviving family members
- Goodwill Industries to provide transportation for those experiencing homlessness to attend job interviews
- Monsignor King Outreach Center for operational costs and direct client services
- Ranch Hand Rescue to provide additional counseling sessions
- Sanger Independent School District to employ staff providing direct services for students at-risk of dropping out of school
- Youth & Family Counseling to provide additional counseling sessions
To qualify for United Way of Denton County funding through a General Community Impact Grant, your organization must help people in at least one of the following focus areas:
- Helping at-risk youth enter school ready to succeed and successfully graduate
- Enabling household breadwinners to earn family-supporting wages
- Assisting Denton County Veterans who are in crisis or on the verge of crisis
- Preventing homelessness and sheltering those experiencing homelessness
- Increasing access to and availability of behavioral health services
Additional Eligibility Criteria:
- Preference given to applications demonstrating an integrated service delivery model
- Applicant must demonstrate an effort and committment to creating and maintaining collaborations/partnerships that work collectively toward a common goal
- Focus of the request must align with one or more strategic goals of one of the UWDC Leadership Teams or Collective Impact Initiatives (DCBHLT, DCHLT, DCWSLT, or ECC)
We are not accepting Community Impact Grant Applications at this time.
Fund Two: Community Impact Grants - DHA Fund
PURPOSE: In Denton County, 46% of residents spend 30% or more of their monthly household income on rent and 32% of households do not have sufficient assets to live for three months at the federal poverty level should they lose their main source of income. Financial insecurity destabilizes families and jeopardizes the long-term vitality of cities and local economies. Moving these low-income families toward financial independence by engaging them to improve their financial lives is an important and significant challenge.
The Denton Housing Authority has allocated $100,000 for supportive services and programs for the benefit of low-income families in housing or housing related programs in Denton County. These funds will allow local programs to provide truly transformational assistance, and help clients overcome barriers and advance economically.
These services include but are not limited to the following:
- Job training or certification programs; assistance with education programs
- Financial coaching and/or credit counseling or other financial services that can support improved credit and increased savings/assets
- Assistance with childcare costs for individuals seeking employment or enrolled in training programs
- Security deposits/application fees and/or direct rental assistance to help families extend current housing (May not exceed 40% of the total amount requested)
Priority will be given to applications that include two or more services per client, and that demonstrate thoughtful integration of services into their existing agency programming. Agencies will be required to submit monthly metrics demonstrating a strong emphasis on financial mobility of program participants.
Funds may not be used for furniture, clothing, or the purchase of a home or vehicle. There are no match requirements for this grant. Up to 5% of funding may be used for indirect (administrative) costs.
- Housing-focused case management with the goal of self-sufficiency for clients
- Funds may be used for existing clients or DHA voucher holders/wait list applicants
- Must use the Denton County Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) database (or comparable database if restricted by federal requirements) to track demographics and client progress
- Funds must be allocated within a twelve-month period (Any unused or unallocated funds must be returned)
- Monthly reporting of outcome measures according to tracking tool provided by UWDC
- Communicate with UWDC backbone support as needed regarding expenditures and program implementation
- Agency grant recipients are required to keep proof of payments and financial records (may be requested at any time by UWDC)
- Priority for Denton Housing Authority waitlist or voucher holder
- Priority for families with children under the age of eighteen
- Clients must be enrolled in a housing program with your agency
Organizations who choose to submit an application for funding must be able to demonstrate use of an integrated service model (re: Working Families Success).
We are not accepting applications for Community Impact Grants - DHA Fund at this time.
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