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Resources to Address Physical Health Barriers to Learning (Pre-K-8)

Resources to Address Physical Health Barriers to Learning (Pre-K-8)

Total funding available: Up to $250,000 per year
Multiple grants are expected
Grant period may be one, two or three years, depending on need and program design

For additional information or questions please contact Emily Francis, United Way's community impact manager at (814) 456-2937 ext. 235 or email emily@unitedwayerie.org

Criteria

  • Services must be delivered at the school
  • Services must directly or indirectly impact the entire school population
  • Services must address one or more of the identified priory needs (below)
  • Applicants must meet United Way’s Eligibility and Funding Requirements
  • Funding will align with community schools AND Live United Schools
    • Edison Elementary School (Erie’s Public Schools)
    • McKinley Elementary School (Erie’s Public Schools)
    • Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School (Erie’s Public Schools)
    • Strong Vincent Middle School (Erie’s Public Schools)
    • East Middle School (Erie’s Public Schools)
    • Elk Valley Elementary School (Girard School District)
    • Iroquois Elementary School (Iroquois School District)
    • Up to 11 Live United Elementary Schools TBA Spring 2018

STEPS TO APPLY

Step One: United Way Issues a Request for Information (RFI)

United Way invites eligible organizations/entities in Erie County to submit a response to this Request for Information (RFI). All interested organizations are invited to attend the grant workshop at United Way on January 19 at 2:00pm. You must RSVP to attend.

Responses to the RFI must be submitted no later than 12:00pm on Friday, January 26.

Step Two: Request for Information Review

All responses to the RFI will be reviewed to determine how the programs/services align with the needs identified in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Community Solutions Action Plan, as well as the specific community school action plans.  Organizations/entities whose response(s) receives a favorable review will be invited to submit a full funding application.

This review will be based on this scorecard.

Due to the specificity of physical health barriers identified through the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Community Solutions Action Plan, as well as the specific community school action plans, several specific priority needs have been identified regarding physical health barriers to learning.   

Specifically, the priority needs identified in the Community Solutions Action Plan and the community school action plans are as follows:

  • Mobile or school-based dental services
    • Examinations, education, restorative care, etc.
  • Mobile or school-based vision services
    • Screenings, follow-up services, supplying/replacing new/damaged glasses, etc.
  • Mobile or school-based medical services
    • Immunizations, health education, etc.

Step Three: Request for Proposals

After the review of RFI responses, those organizations with services applicable to school needs will be invited to submit a funding proposal. As part of this process, applicants will be invited to attend a training session to: 1) become familiar with e-CImpact, our community impact software, and 2) ask any questions about the RFP process. Site visits may be required, if requested.

Step Four: Proposal Review and Scoring

After applicants have submitted their proposals, they will be reviewed and scored by a committee consisting of United Way and community school personnel, as well as local subject matter experts, without a conflict of interest.  The review committee will have the ability to ask applicants questions electronically throughout its review process. 

However, all applicants are required to attend an in-person, 15-20 minute question and answer session with the review committee the week of May 7. This will be an opportunity for the review committee to ask any final questions and for the applicants to provide additional information. The appropriate staff from the major collaborators and a representative from the lead applicant’s board of directors are required to attend this meeting. We recommend applicants bring no more than five people to this meeting.  Please contact Emily Francis at United Way of Erie County if you have any questions.

Step Five: Implementation Phase

Once funding is released, applicants will be expected to adhere to any meeting or reporting requirements detailed in the funding agreement.

TIMELINE

January 8, 2018

Request for Information issued

January 19, 2018

RFI/RFP Q&A  at United Way (optional) @ 2:00PM

January 26, 2018

Deadline for responses to the Request for Information

February 26, 2018

Selected RFP applicants announced; Applications released

February 28-March 16, 2018

RFP pre-application meetings with United Way staff

March 19 – March 30, 2018

Site visits (if applicable)

March 19 – March 30, 2018

Grant software training (optional)

April 6, 2018 @ Noon

Deadline for RFP responses

May 7 -May 11, 2018

Mandatory meeting with review committee (at United Way)

June 27, 2018

United Way Board meeting to review and approve funding recommendations

June 28, 2018

Funding decisions announced

For additional information or questions please contact Emily Francis, United Way's community impact manager at (814) 456-2937 ext. 235 or email emily@unitedwayerie.org