United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County Seeks Proposals for FY 2021-2022 Funding Cycle

Due to the generous support of its donors, the United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County (UWOLC) will once again invest in local programs and community coalition initiatives that improve health, advance education, promote financial stability and meet basic needs throughout the Lafayette-Oxford-University (LOU) community in fiscal year (FY) 2021-2022.

Since 1970, the UWOLC has mobilized resources, promoted collaboration and supported programs that make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. The organization awards funding each year through a competitive grant-making process that seeks to address significant needs within Oxford and Lafayette County.

“Our organization is proud to work hand in hand with our amazing donors, partners, volunteers and advocates to produce positive outcomes throughout our community,” Executive Director Kurt Brummett said. “The tremendous support our local United Way receives enables us to invest in worthwhile programs and initiatives that make a meaningful difference in the lives of Lafayette County residents.”

Application materials can be accessed at www.unitedwayoxfordms.org/opportunities. Nonprofit organizations, public entities and community coalitions that fulfill the UWOLC’s eligibility criteria may apply for funding.

Applications must be received via email in PDF form by 5:00 p.m. on the identified due dates in order to receive consideration. Agency applicants must submit the required Primary Fiscal Agent Pre-Application by March 1, 2021, and a Program Grant Application must be submitted for each proposed program by April 1, 2021. Any community coalition in which the UWOLC serves as the primary fiscal agent must submit a Community Coalition Grant Application by April 1, 2021.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend the FY 2021-2022 Application Workshop, which will be held via Zoom from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. The workshop will provide guidance on how to develop a strong application as well as insight regarding the application process. Those interested in participating should email Kurt Brummett at kurt@unitedwayoxfordms.org to request the Zoom meeting information.

Primary Fiscal Agent Pre-Applications will be reviewed by the UWOLC's finance committee, which will provide feedback to the organization’s community impact committee (CIC) based on the submitted financial documentation. Advisory committees, which include members of the UWOLC Board of Directors and other local volunteers, will review as well as score the Program and Community Coalition Grant Applications. The CIC will use feedback received from the finance and advisory committees to develop award recommendations for the UWOLC Board of Directors, which will ultimately determine the FY 2021-2022 grant awards. Please note the awarded grants will be announced by June 15, 2021, and the grant period for each recipient will run from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

Please direct any questions regarding the call for proposals to the UWOLC's Executive Director, Kurt Brummett, via email at kurt@unitedwayoxfordms.org.