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COVID-19 Recovery to Rebuilding Capacity Building RFP - Applications Closed

Overview

The COVID-19 Recovery to Rebuilding Capacity Building Grant opportunities are open to all agencies who received funding through the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. These grants are intended to support organizations who endured significant operational and/or programmatic impacts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and who are serving individuals in communities of low and very low Child Well-Being.  

All Child Well-Being Mission Fund grants are organized into three major approaches: Direct Service, Systems Approach, and Capacity Building. For more information on the Fund and what type of work falls into each of these approaches, click here

Current Funding Opportunities

The COVID-19 Recovery to Rebuilding Capacity Building area is requesting proposals from organizations providing services in the following two opportunities.  Applicants can apply to only one opportunity.  

Organizational Capacity Building
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, nonprofits had to quickly shift their operations and service delivery. With an Organizational Capacity Building grant, grantees will have the opportunity to participate in a capacity building needs assessment and build a customized capacity building plan. Grants awards will support the implementation of the capacity building plan.​ 

Selected organizations will start their capacity building journey by completing the Impact for Capacity Building Assessment (iCAT). The iCAT is an organizational assessment, planning and evaluation tool that assesses six key organizational capacities: Leading, Learning, Resource Generating, Planning, Managing, and Overseeing. It incorporates input from multiple organizational stakeholders to generate a series of detailed and prioritized recommendations, and a capacity building plan. Read more about it here

United Way and your organization will debrief the report together to identify the priority recommendations from the report. The grant funds will be used to support the implementation of these priority capacity building recommendations. 

At United Way of Greater Atlanta, we frame capacity building as a positive-minded endeavor to improve growth edges and increase strengths. It is not a sign of failure, poor performance, or a reprimand. This grant opportunity is for organizations who are ready to undertake significant capacity building efforts.  

Successful capacity building efforts will often require participation from individuals across an organization’s structure (Staff, Leadership, Board of Directors) and dedicated time to focus on the capacity building project. 

Resiliency Planning Capacity Building
The Resiliency: Reset Your Strategy program is an 8 week program focusing on strengthening your organization’s ability to adapt to both the continued needs of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the shifting landscape between now and recovery. This program will be run by Georgia Center for Nonprofits in Spring 2022, and includes: 

  • 4 virtual workshop sessions, conducted in small cohorts 
  • 2 hours of individual coaching 
  • Free tools and templates  
  • A $2,500 general operating support stipend to help support your work while you engage in this capacity building program

Through this virtual program, organizations will work with a consultant and a cohort of other nonprofits to develop their strategy for keeping their organization sustainable through this year and the next, and pick up skills to continue adapting in the years to come.​ 

We will be prioritizing applicants with annual organizational budgets under $500,000.   

Grant Time & Award Information

Process Timeline

The grant process has five phases that will extend from January – May 2022. More information will be provided in the Applicant Orientation.

Information
Session

January

Applicant Orientation Webinar

Application opens Jan. 12, 2022

Application
Submission

Application deadline: February 2, 2022

All applications submitted through FLUXX

No incomplete or late submissions accepted

Application
Review

Mid-February – Early April

Assessment of application

Follow up questions

Notification
 

Mid–Late April

United Way Leadership volunteers make grant decisions

All applicants notified

Contract
 

Late April – Mid May

Grantee Orientation

Development of measures

Finalize contract

Award Information

  • All applicants will be notified in late-April after United Way leadership volunteers complete their decision-making. 
  • We anticipate awarding 4-6 organizations with grant awards ranging from $25,000 - $50,000 for the Organizational Capacity Building funding opportunity. This award also covers the cost of the iCAT assessment, and will cover an eighteen month grant period. 
  • We anticipate awarding 30 organizations within the Resiliency Planning Capacity Building funding opportunity. The award covers the full cost for participation in Georgia Center for Nonprofit’s Resiliency Cohort and a $2,500 general operating support stipend​.  
  • First time Awardees will participate in the Grantee Orientation to gain more information about grant expectations. Please note: United Way of Greater Atlanta uses a Results Based Accountability measurement framework across our Child Well-Being Mission Fund investments. For organizations that are award recipients we will provide detailed training and United Way staff will work with your organization to develop a minimum of 1 Results Based Accountability metric that corresponds to your grant during the Contract Phase of the process. 

Minimum Requirements

  • Applicants must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit or working with a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit as their fiscal sponsor  
  • Applicants cannot have an active grant from United Way of Greater of Atlanta, excluding any active grant awards issued from the following grant programs: Emergency Housing Assistance Program, Building Opportunities in Out-of-School Time (BOOST) grant, School-Age Help and Relief Effort (SHARE) grant, Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), and United for Racial Equity and Healing Fund (UfREHF) 
  • Priority will be given to organizations that received a grant from the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund 
  • Applicants must target zip codes of low and very low Child Well-Being. Please review the Child Well-Being Map
  • Maintain a current registration with the Georgia Secretary of State office. 
  • Have an independent governing body consisting of at least nine voting members who are resident volunteers, that has the authority to decide policy and strategic direction with respect to the agency's programs, administration and finances, in accordance with the organization's By-Laws, and who shall meet at least four times per year.  Paid staff must not be a voting member of the Board. 
  • Maintain a non-discrimination policy or plan that does not discriminate on the basis of race, cultural heritage, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or status as a qualified disabled or handicapped individual. 
  • Demonstrate financial management - All financial statements must show evidence of accounting principles in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures (GAAP) and include full disclosures and appropriate notes for such things as leases, loans, investments and affiliated party transactions. 

How to Apply

United Way of Greater Atlanta will be accepting applications from January 12, 2022 – February 2, 2022 through our grants portal FLUXX. The link will to the application will go live on January 12, 2022.

An Applicant Orientation Webinar will be offered on Friday, January 7 and Tuesday, January 11. Register now.