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.
Applicants: Please use the criteria listed below to determine if your program is eligible to submit an application to one of our two Impact Grant funds.
Fund One: General Community Impact Grant
In 2017, 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 provide additional counseling sessions
- Monsignor King Outreach Center to cover certain operational costs
- 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 apply 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
If you are interested in applying for a General Community Impact Grant, please submit a Letter of Intent between February 1 and April 15, 2018 describing your organization and the program for which you would like to request funding. E-mail this letter to Leah@UnitedWayDenton.org and address the letter as follows:
Community Impact Chair
United Way of Denton County, Inc.
1314 Teasley Lane
Denton, TX 76205
You will be notified by May 31, 2018 if your organization is invited to submit a full application.
If you have further questions, please e-mail Leah@UnitedWayDenton.org.
Fund Two: Community Impact Fund - DHA Housing Supportive Services
Purpose of the Fund:
In Denton County, 46% of residents spend 30% or more of their monthly household income on rent, and 32% of households do not have enough savings to live for three months at the federal poverty level if they lose their main source of income.
The Denton Housing Authority has allocated funds for supportive services and programs for the benefit of low-income families in housing or housing related programs in Denton County. These funds allow local programs to provide truly transformational assistance, and help clients overcome barriers and advance economically. These sevices 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 indicuduals 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 30% of the total amount requested by service providers in grant application)
Priority will be given to applications that include two or more services per client, and that demonstrate thoughtful integration of services into existing agency programming. Service Providers 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 manarement with the goal of self-sufficiancy 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 12-month period (Any unused or unallocated funds must be returned)
- Monthly reporting of outcome measures according to tracking tool provided by UWDC
- Participate in monthly coaching phone calls with UWDC backbone support
- Participate in quarterly cohort meetings at the UWDC office (1314 Teasley Lane, Denton 76205)
- Priority for Denton Housing Authority waitlist or voucher holder
- Priority for families with children under the age of 18
- Clients must be enrolled in a housing program with your agency
To apply for the Community Impact Fund: DHA Housing Supportive Services grant, please download the Application form and the Demographics/Service Count form below. An optional (but highly recommended) grant training will be offered on Monday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Way of Denton County office. Completed application and all attachments should be sent electronically (do not send paper copies) to email@example.com by Friday, April 27, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. Upon receipt by UWDC, you may be contacted to schedule a site visit or presentation meeting with the review panel.
Please direct any questions to Courtney Cross, Director of Homelessness Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.