2020 - 2021 Funding Process

Making a meaningful impact on our community in health, education, and financial stability will require all of us coming together and working toward the same goal.

To make large-scale social change, all of us – funders, service agencies, and community leaders – must work together, sharing the same goals, data, and measures of success.

That’s why the Salina Area United Way is placing increased focus on collective impact – multiple organizations working closely together to make a difference.

Strengthening communities: Grant writing workshop planned

Do you know how training for some child development staff was partially funded? How about the bilingual staff position in a local nonprofit? Or physical and mental health services for the un- and under-insured?

In our community, a group of individuals from nonprofits and for-profits came together. They wrote a grant proposal and received funding to help with these programs and more!

Individuals and community groups can learn more about writing successful grant proposals at a workshop planned in Salina on April 9. The workshop presenter is Nancy Daniels, a community vitality specialist with K-State Research and Extension. Daniels is the author of many grant proposals. The grant training will be at K-State Polytechnic Conference Center, 2310 Centennial Road from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and includes lunch. The cost to attend is $20.

“This workshop is for everyone, whether they’ve never written a proposal before and have no idea where to start, to those who have experience but are looking for ways to improve their approach,” Daniels said. “The magic that happens in a local community when people find out they don’t have to wait to get something done, that they can do it themselves, is incredible.”

Participants also learn from each other, Daniels said, adding that even experienced grant writers pick up tips and are reenergized after coming together with peers in their communities.  Participants are encouraged to bring their grants or grant ideas to share.

Workshop topics include:

·         Sources of data for community needs (where do you find the numbers to back up your request?);

·         Where to find grants;

·         The five common elements of a great grant proposal;

·         Practicing the grant writing elements.

The final hour Brenda Gutierrez, Program Director of the Salina Area United Way, will cover Salina Area United Way forms.

More information and registration is available by contacting Carl Garten, ccgarten@ksu.edu or 785-309-5850. Registration deadline April 5.

Grant writing workshop provided in collaboration with the Salina Area United Way and the Greater Salina Community Foundation.

Read below and click the links for downloadable content. 

Funding Process Announcement for the 2018 - 2019 Community Impact Grants     

Instructions for Letter of Intent   Due June 1, 5 p.m.
Grant Application for 2018 - 2019  Due July 11, noon.
Application Checklist
Scoring Rubric


Memorandum of Understanding

Mid-Year Report
Year-End Report

SAUW Brand Standards
(scroll to the bottom of the page under "logo" section)


The Salina Area United Way applications for 2018 - 2019 grants has closed.

Applications were accepted for a 24-month grant cycle starting between January 4, 2018, and December 31, 2019.

To be considered for funding, applicants must demonstrate how services advance United Way goals in HealthEducation, or Financial Stability

  • Health:  Increase the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoiding risky behavior
  • Education:  Raise the graduation rate
  • Financial Stability:  Reduce the number of families who are financially unstable

Special consideration will be given to applicants, implemented through collaborations, which address root-causes.
Collaborators are defined as a group or organizations participating actively in a strategic partnership and who makes a significant contribution to the intellectual direction and success of solving a complex social problem. Their actions are supported by a shared measurement system and mutually reinforcing activities.  A minimum of one collaborator is required in addition to the Fiscal Agent/Sponsor.
Collaborators could include: K-12 Schools, post-secondary institutions, government entities, not-for-profits, private businesses, foundations, faith-based organizations, and civic or professional membership organizations.
Root causes are defined as the fundamental reason for the occurrence of a problem; in a sequence of events, an intervention could reasonably be implemented to change performance and prevent an undesirable outcome. Match/in-kind support is required and must be at least equal to 50% of the Salina Area United Way funding request.
Match/in-kind support is defined as cash and/or value of personnel, goods, and services contributed.

How to Apply for Funding

After submitting a Letter of Intent by Thursday, June 1, 2017, and being notified of acceptance by the Salina Area United Way, applicants will be asked to submit an electronic application by Tuesday, July 11, 2017.  Required application documents must accompany the electronic application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.

  1. Email completed application to unitedway@unitedwaysalina.org 

  2. If electronic submission is not possible, contact Salina Area United Way at 785-827-1312 for alternative submission instructions.

Required Application Documents

Required application documents must be for the Fiscal Agent/Sponsor, coalitions or Lead Agency in collaborations.

  • Application form
  • Completed and signed application, including a logic model
  • Copy of measurement tool(s)
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Copy of bylaws
  • Copy of tax-exempt status
  • Board of Directors list
  • Financial audit or financial review if agency revenue is less than $600,000 

Mid-Year and Year-End Reporting

The Fiscal Agent/Sponsor will be responsible for submitting mid-year and year-end reports to the Salina Area United Way on behalf of the collaboration.

Application Review Process

Salina Area United Way volunteers will review and score proposals. Reviews and scores will be provided to United Priority Cabinet, UPC, and the Board of Directors, which will make funding recommendations. 
Salina Area United Way 785-827-1312.

Five conditions of collective success include:
  Adopting a common agenda
  Sharing the same measurement systems
  Coordinating responses to make progress
  Engaging in continuous communication
  Forming a backbone organization to drive the entire initiative

   ~John Kania and Mark Kramer, Stanford Social Innovation Review