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The 2019-20 request for proposal applications are now closed. 

We hope that you consider applying for our community fund next year. If interested, you can view our blank application, program budget and our output and outcomes tool. You may also view the previous example of our contract.

For assistance with the e-granting portal, view our technical guidance here.


Available Funding:

UWDOR issues this RFP as a part of our commitment to achieve the goal of improving the condition of our neighbors affected by poverty and limited resources. UWDOR targets our health investment on strategies that will ultimately reduce childhood obesity and the detrimental effects of engaging in risky behaviors such as substance abuse, violence, and bullying.  We aim to improve health outcomes for our children and families living in Dutchess and Orange counties by increasing providing education about healthy decision making.
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UWDOR issues this RFP as a part of an indelible commitment to achieve the goal of improving the condition of our neighbors affected by poverty and limited resources.  UWDOR targets our education investment on strategies that support educational attainment of our community’s youth.  We aim to improve educational outcomes for our children living in Dutchess and Orange counties by supporting children between the ages of 0 and 8 in order to ensure they are on a path to lifelong learning and success.
UWDOR issues this RFP as a part of a long-term commitment to achieve the goal of improving the condition of our neighbors affected by poverty and limited resources.  UWDOR targets our income investment on strategies that will lead families currently struggling to meet their basic needs to financial independence.  We aim to improve economic conditions for individuals and families living in Dutchess and Orange counties by assisting individuals by improving and reducing barriers to financial literacy. 
UWDOR issues this RFP to address the diverse needs of the vulnerable veterans population. We have identified barriers to housing assistance, legal assistance and employment-related training and education to be paramount. We seek applications that focus on promoting stability for veterans among these three categories. Our community benefits when veterans have access to these vital services. Community level outcomes include increased access to housing and pro bono legal services as well as greater attainment of professional training.

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United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region hosted a webinar regarding the upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 11:00am to 12:00pm. This webinar is considered mandatory for those who did not attend the January 17th meeting. To view a recording of the webinar, click on the link below. (Webinar starts at 07:45.) Watching the recording is not a substitute for attending the webinar live on February 13.


Given the number of anticipated applicants, United Way requests that all further questions be submitted in writing to United Way cannot provide guidance on the content of an application.




UWDOR believes that the most efficient and effective way to address the challenges in our community is to partner with organizations who implement programs proven effective over time. To further assist you, United Way partners with the Dyson Foundation and the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley to publish Mid-Hudson Valley Community Profiles, which provides data about the issues that face our region.

RFP Resources:

Writing a grant can be a daunting experience. Fortunately, we have some resources to help you complete the Request for Proposal process.

Proven Models

Stanford Social Innovation Review - Creating High-Impact Nonprofits

An article published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, this study of 12 high-impact nonprofits illustrates various methods of establishing volunteerism and expanding the awareness and impact of organizations.

Four Lenses Strategic Framework - Enhancing Models

The Four Lenses Strategic Framework delves into methods that establish or enhance existing social enterprise operational models. It examines a variety of models, such as fundamental models, combining models and enhancing models, that pertain to nonprofits.

Proven Models

Proven Models, the premier knowledgebase of actionable management models, features a plethora of models that align with not only the vision and mission of an organization but also with an organization’s program’s needs. Various models are available via the search function or by exploring the topics listed. Various topics include organization design and development, program and project management, strategic management, innovation and risk, leadership and management and more.

SAMSHA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s NREPP features scientifically-established behavioral health interventions. This section contains:

·      NREPP’s Learning Center, which provides resources relating to evidence-based programs and practices

·      A database of interventions reviewed by the NREPP

·      The NREPP submission and review process

Stanford Social Innovation Review - Ten Nonprofit Funding Models

Brought to you by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, this article explores ten proven nonprofit funding models that will help shape an effective funding strategy. Example models include “Heartfelt Connector,” “Beneficiary Builder,” and “Member Motivator.”


County Health Rankings

County Health Rankings offers a variety of statistics on the health demographics of every county in New York State. Not only can you select a county and review the county's demographics, but you can also compare health statistics between selected counties. County demographic categories include: Length of Life, Quality of Life, Health Behaviors, Clinical Care, Social & Economic Factors and Physical Environment.

Mid-Hudson Valley Community Profiles

Mid-Hudson Valley Community Profiles features portraits and data on Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties as well as the Mid-Hudson Valley Region. These profiles highlight statistics revolving around the wellbeing of the region’s and counties’ children, the state of the economy, poverty and healthcare access. Topics include: Children and Youth, Community Engagement, Demographics, Economy, Education, Financial Stability, Health, Housing and Public Safety.

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans offers vital statistics on the homeless veteran population. Furthermore, media sources, including publications, as well as policy and legislation sources are available. Additionally, the site contains information on grants, in-kind sources and helpful tips on beginning a veterans program.

The National Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary source for education-based statistics regarding K-12 students. You'll find immense amounts of data, facts and tools to help you during the application process.

United States Census Bureau

The United States Census Bureau offers a wealth of statistical data on the following topics: Population, Economy, Emergency Preparedness, Housing, Employment, Income & Poverty, Business, Families & Living Arrangements, International Trade, Education, Health and Public Sector.

General Grantwriting Tips

The Balance

The Balance provides valuable and though articles, lists and tips relating to grant writing. You'll find helpful articles ranging from writing effective grant proposal cover letters to tips on developing a grant proposal writing process.

Nonprofit Hub

Nonprofit Hub has a grant writing section filled with a potpourri of tips. You'll find useful articles like "Grant Writing Best Practices: 5 Tips from 5 Experts" and "The Anatomy of a Great Grant Application." For further information, you can attend the online Nonprofit Hub University and participate in the available webinars.

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center is an innovative nonprofit that gathers and analyzes data before sharing it to interested individuals worldwide. The Foundation Center offers a variety of philanthropy and grantwriting tools online, including: Foundation Center Training, GrantSpace and GrantCraft. Furthermore, you can participate in live webinar training, webinar recordings and eLearning courses.

Additional Resources for Nonprofits