Request for Proposals Information

About United Way of Saginaw County

United Way of Saginaw County (UWSC) has been providing community support and assistance for 100 years.

Mission, Vision, Goal

Mission: Increase the organized capacity for people to care for each other.

Vision: A safe, nurturing community where all families can thrive.

Goal: UWSC will achieve top quartile performance in the percent of households living above the Alice Threshold by 2029. This equates to a 6% change, lifting 4,858 households out of the Alice and below classification.

Community Solutions Funding Process

Single Focused United Way of Saginaw County

In 2018 United Way of Saginaw County undertook a community wide needs assessment to gain greater insight in order to inform the 2020 funding cycle to focus resources on a core problem in our community, and make a greater collective impact. Thanks to a grant by the Dow Chemical Company, we were able to partner with PYXERA Global to do a community needs assessment,  which pulled together information from a variety of sources, enabling us to analyze four problem areas and a solid baseline against which to measure our future efforts. As a result, we have elected to focus on the issue of financial instability, which is a root cause of so many problems facing our community. According to the analysis, “39% of Saginaw County households are at or below the ALICE Threshold, an indicator for financial instability; for households with children led by single parents that number rises to 72%.” (PYXERA Global, 2018).  That situation has grown worse; in the 2019 ALICE report, “44% of Saginaw county residents are at the ALICE threshold or below,” (ALICE Report, 2019). We believe that together with a shared vision and collaborative effort, we can change this negative trend, and meaningfully and measurably improve the lives of families across the county. In January of 2019 our board adopted Financial Stability as the single focus of United Way of Saginaw County. On March of 2019 our board approved our current SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Specific) goal and started to develop strategies to address this pressing issue.

Collective Impact

United Way of Saginaw County believes that the best way to make sustainable and systematic change is to work collectively. According to the collective impact forum, collective impact is a model that brings people together in a structured way to achieve social change. Social change is achieved by a network that adheres to the 5 key components: Common Agenda, Shared Measurement, Mutually Reinforcing Activities, Continuous Communication and Backbone Support. United Way of Saginaw County is looking for programs and partners that align with this collective impact model and theory of change.  

How much funding we produce

Funding to the community relies on our yearly fundraising campaign and business partnerships. As such campaign and fund dollars are reliant on the previous year’s success. On average the United Way of Saginaw County has a yearly campaign of $1.7M. Eighty-two percent of these dollars are directly invested into community programs, as demonstrated by our most recent audit.

Review process

Community Change Teams (CCT) are made up of (Number of individuals on teams) community identified leaders with experience in programing or life experience that relates to the UWSC impact goals. CCTs receive training regarding UWSC theory of change, impact strategy and logic models to adequately evaluate community program applications. CCT members are able to submit questions about the programs to the Community Impact Coordinator regarding the programs submission to be relayed to the applicant. CCT members submit recommendations for funded programs to the UWSC board of directors for final approval.

UWSC’s board of directors will make the final decision regarding the funded programs with the CCT member’s evaluation in mind.

Application Eligibility

Applicants must be a 501c3 and provide services in Saginaw County. Applicants will be evaluated on their ability to match UWSC investment priorities, reach target populations and engage with partners.

Investment Priorities

UWSC is looking to achieve top quartile performance in the percent of households living above the Alice Threshold by 2029 in Saginaw County. This equates to a 6% change, lifting 4,858 households out of the ALICE and below classification.

In order to address the needs in the community UWSC conducted a root-cause analysis and community listening sessions to fully understand the needs of the county. As a result, UWSC are looking for programs that address financial instability at its roots or create sustainable support systems and wrap around services to individuals who need it the most. To see a full report on our findings please visit:


Target population

All UWSC funded programs must address individuals considered to be ALICE or below (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). Additionally, within the outcome plan, programs must identify their target population and the tactics they plan to use to engage with that population.

General Instructions

Cover page instructions

Ensure the completion of the cover page.

To increase community collaboration, programs that is able to show partnerships via including a separate organizations EFP number and the signature of the Executive Director from the partnering organizations on the cover page, will be given funding priority. Partner organizations do not need to be 501c3’s. However non-501c3s are not eligible to receive UWSC  funding, but can serve as a partner organization receiving UWSC funding. Any 501c3 partner programs are encouraged to submit a proposal for their piece of the program partnership. All programs will be evaluated separately. Unlimited EFP numbers can be submitted.

Date and time of application due

Applications are due to UWSC via email, post mail, or fax by August 22 at 5:00 pm.

Mailing address/online instructions

Download an editable application here:

For paper copies please mail to:

ATT: Rachelle Hilliker

United Way of Saginaw County

100 S. Jefferson Ave. 3rd Floor

Saginaw MI 48607


Required partnership agreement

All programs that are chosen to be funded must sign UWSC partnership agreement within 60 days of fund announcement to receive funding. All organizations must sign Anti-Terrorism Compliance form within 60 days of fund announcement to receive funding. Failure to complete the partnership agreement and Anti-Terrorism Compliance form within the time allowed may lose the opportunity for funding. Both documents are included in the appendix of this document.

Application Checklist

All applications must include the following items to be considered for funding:

-          Application Cover Page

-          Application Narrative

-          Application Budget and Budget Narrative

-          Program Outcome Plan

-          Program Logic Model

-          Organizational Board Member List

-          501c3 Designation Letter



Quarterly Reporting

All organizations who receive funding are required to provide UWSC with quarterly progress reports regarding outcomes and yearly budget analysis.  For uniformity in data collection, community impact organizations will be reporting using UWSC measurements.

Application Meeting

An application meeting and training for all interested parties will be held on June 26, 2019 at United Way of Saginaw County, 100 S. Jefferson, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Saginaw MI, 48708 1pm - 2:30pm and 3:00pm - 5:00pm. An additional session will be held on July 16 from 10:00am - 11:30pm. Attendance is highly recommended for anyone interested in applying for 2020 funding.

Program Outcome Plan Instructions

UWSC is focused on outcome measurements and successes for funded programs. Any application must complete an outcome program plan. Programs must focus on one primary outcome (but no more then two) or two supporting outcomes. By applying to the outcome, you are agreeing to track and report on the corresponding outcome indicator/measurement as directed by the UWSC. You may choose up to 3 indicators in which your outcome will be measured. Your program outcome plan should include your agencies strategies regarding who will be responsible for tracking and reporting outcome data, attach tools for measurement, logic model and data sustainability plan. Outcome plans should include target populations and engagement strategies. An example program plan is attached. Your outcomes should align with your programs logic model and UWSC solution statements.




Program proposal narrative and instructions

  • The strongest proposals and those most likely to be funded will respond to all questions
  • Proposals should be single spaced, size 12 font and must include a cover page and all documents requested. For a full list please see the appendix.
  • Proposals should be no longer than 15 pages single spaced and no shorter than 3 pages

Program Budget Instructions

The proposed budget should be included separately; you may use the blank budget sheet provided. Budgets should be done for one year, and a budget report at the end of the fiscal year will be required. At that time, budgets may show adjustments for the following funding year, if needed. UWSC allows for funds to support program capacity and administration costs. For “Revenue” please list committed and pending dollars for one year. An updated budget at the end of the year should be included at the end of the funding period. “Expenses” indicate how program dollars will be spent over a 12-month period. Program budgets should be for the total cost of the program, not limited to the funds are being requested. For proposals that include a collaborative effort, each partner will complete a budget for their specific program.

Timeline (all dates are tentative)

June 17, 2019                                                                                     RFPs distributed

June 26, 2019                                                                                     RFP Review Meeting (all interested parties should attend)

July 8, 2019                                                                                       CCT Training and Orientation

July 16, 2019                                                                                     RFP Review Meeting (for all parties that were unable to make the June 26th session)

July 24, 2019                                                                                     Potential Partnership Network Event

August 22, 2019                                                                                Proposals Due

September 2019                                                                                CCT Members Review and Evaluate Proposals

October 1, 2019                                                                                 Fund Distribution Announced to Applicants

January 1, 2020                                                                                 New Funding Cycle Begins

April 30, 2020                                                                                    1st Quarter Reports Due