Our Community Matters
United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton, Inc. (UWGAT) periodically conducts ongoing community needs assessments every few years as a means to stay relevant and current in assessing and meeting the immediate and current needs of our local community. Thus fulfilling our mission of “uniting the power of communities to advance the common good.” The information collected and analyzed is used by our volunteer community allocation panels, community impact community, and our board of directors to make funding allocation and program investment decisions in an effort to help improve the quality of life for our local residents, guests, and visitors.
Read the Executive Summary for the LOCAL Community Needs Assessment. (completed May 2014)
Read the Executive Summary for the REGIONAL Community Needs Assessment. (completed May 2014)
If you would like the complete copy of either of these reports, please contact Melissa Vanhorn at 508-222-2337, x106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Allocation Panels
UWGAT's Community Allocation Panel (CAP) members review funding proposals from various programs, discuss the value and impact of the program to the community, conduct site visits, and hear presentations from prospective partner agencies, and ultimately make funding investment recommendations to our Board of Directors. Each panel is led by a Community Impact Committee (CIC) member from UWGAT’s Board of Directors. We begin recruitment for CAP volunteers beginning each December.
If you would additional information on the description of a CAP member please click here.
If you are interested in volunteering in this process, please contact Melissa Vanhorn, Director of Community Impact at 508-222-2337, ext. 106 or Melissa@uwgat.org. This is a great opportunity to get to know and serve your community.
Apply for Funding
UWGAT is committed to – creating stronger communities, building partnerships, and working toward shared goals while focusing on three initiatives; Education, Income, and Health. Agencies invited to apply for funding must demonstrate how they will help UWGAT accomplish its’ goals around Education, Income, and Health.
Mid October UWGAT will announce a Public Funding Meeting that will be held at our offices in early December. 501(c)3 human service agencies in our catchment area are invited to attend this meeting and apply for funding. At this meeting we will discuss in detail the initiatives and goals for the upcoming year, as well as the funding process. Please click here to read through our partnership agreement to be sure that you are able to agree to the guidelines. Please check back in October for meeting announcements.
The process will begin with a Letter of Intent. As part of the decision-making process, all applicants after review of letter of intent may be invited to submit a full proposal. Agencies will be notified via e-mail if they have been invited or not to apply for funding. The funding application will be attached to the email and there will be a firm deadline date set for applications. Agencies will be expected to host a site visit for the Community Allocation Panel (CAP) that is reviewing their application throughout the month of March. After reviewing agency proposals and conducting site visits, the CAP will make its final recommendations. The Community Impact Committee will review the recommendations, and then make final funding recommendations to UWGAT’s Board of Directors. Determination letters will be sent out in early May informing agencies of the funding decisions.
For questions about the application process, you can e-mail or call Melissa Vanhorn, Director of Community Impact, 508-222-2337 or Melissa@uwgat.org.
Eligibility of Applicants:
To be eligible to apply for funding, the applicant must be a health/human service organization, tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code or such other as approved by the Community Impact Committee. In addition, the agency must be registered with the appropriate State Government regulatory department or office. (Evidence of compliance with these requirements should be available, upon request of United Way, in order to receive funds.)
How Decisions Are Made
Sound, volunteer-driven decision making is an operating principle of UWGAT, its Board of Directors, and Community Impact Committee(CIC). Thoughtful and deliberate decisions are made by volunteers representing various sectors from across our community who have knowledge and expertise related to specific areas. The Community Allocation Panel’s (CAP's) review process assures thorough consideration of each applicant’s proposal. Full and equitable consideration is given to each organization in light of the needs of all applicants, the needs of the community, and the resources available. Investment decisions reflect the values and variables identified by the CAP, CIC, and UWGAT's Board of Directors. Current values include: client need, program results/outcomes, alignment with UWGAT goals, management and organizational capacity, continuous learning and improvement, agency collaboration, and the ability to effectively utilize resources.