Community Investments

We work hard to find solutions to community issues by focusing our work into four Community Priorities. We bring people together from all parts of our community to identify, develop and provide solutions to community issues.

We believe it takes collective community actions sustained over time to achieve the outcomes we want. We invest in a foundation of strong, viable programs and mobilize volunteers to address our community’s needs. We also implement strategic initiatives and support staff that focus on community impact work to create systems-level change.
 

Closed for 2017-2018, will reopen in the fall for 2018-2019 program funding

United Way of Broome County has undergone a two year process of shifting to a Community Impact business model, which is a change in how we interact with our funded programs and with the community. The Community Impact business model is driven by our mission to lead sustainable improvements in community conditions by mobilizing the caring power of communities. United Way does this by bringing together organizations, people and resources to focus on critical issues with the goal of making progress through collaborative, coordinated efforts.

Since 2013, United Way staff and volunteers have utilized the Harwood Institute’s Community Conversations model to turn outward to gain public knowledge. We have held over 60 community conversations and convened several additional forums to engage a diverse array of community members and institutional partners, learn about their community aspirations and challenges, and gain public knowledge. United Way is committed to getting results on community issues by basing decisions on this public knowledge as we implement the Community Impact business model. The progression to our new Funding Investment Framework and our development of Community Investment Strategies can be found on our Community Impact Report.

United Way is ready to take action on what Broome County residents feel is most important by focusing its next funding cycle on three community priorities.
The community priorities we will fund through this new Request for Proposals (RFP) are:

A. Families are nurturing and economically stable.
B. Youth are prepared to live, learn, work, and contribute.
C. Seniors are healthy and safe.

If you are a nonprofit organization located in Broome County and would like to submit a proposal for a grant from United Way of Broome County, please visit our FAQ's, download our RFP for instructions and eligibility and our application. For any questions, please contact Shelbi DuBord.

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Deadline for applications is 3:00pm, June 9, 2017

United Way of Broome County is seeking proposals for projects that aim to strengthen the ability of local nonprofits to address the ever-evolving challenges and opportunities facing our community.  To this end, we have established the Capacity Building Grant Program as a means to provide financial resources to strengthen the ability of community partners to effectively and efficiently respond to these challenges and opportunities through capacity building and capital projects. 


Eligible organizations must align with one or more of United Way of Broome County’s Community Priorities:
1.    Families are nurturing and economically stable.
2.    Youth are prepared to live, learn, work, and contribute.
3.    Seniors are healthy and safe.
4.    Basic Needs
5.    Healthy Lifestyles Coalition


Proposals must be emailed as PDF attachments to sdubord@uwbroome.org no later than 3:00 PM on June 9, 2017.  The subject line should read “2017 Capacity Building Grant Proposal.”  Proposals and all required attachments must be sent in PDF file format, ideally as a single PDF file with all attachments included.  Hard copy paper applications will not be accepted, and late applications will not be reviewed.


Funding announcements will be made no later than August 2017.  Funding will begin September 1, 2017 and end June 30, 2018.  If you are a nonprofit organization located in Broome County and would like to submit a proposal for a grant from United Way of Broome County, please refer to our RFP for eligibility requirements. If your project fits within the guidelines, download the Grant Narrative and our application cover sheet.  To download these as Microsoft Word files, click here. For any questions about the application or alignment with our community priorities, please contact Shelbi DuBord.

Closed for 2017-2018, will reopen in the fall for 2018-2019 program funding

The Healthy Lifestyles Coalition seeks proposals for programming that will help the children and families that live on the North Side of Binghamton to reduce obesity by increasing access to healthy foods, nutrition information, and opportunities for physical activity. The HLC Grant Program awards grants to not-for-profit organizations to impact the issue of obesity in the area of the North Side. The most successful proposals include dynamic, creative, and data driven interventions and will incorporate the established objectives of the HLC.

The Healthy Lifestyles Coalition Grant Program provides one-year grants in order to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity within the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School catchment area of Binghamton. This area on the North Side of Binghamton was chosen for this project because the students in this area were shown to have the highest obesity rates in the City of Binghamton. Baseline data collected for this project showed that 74.2% of those surveyed were overweight or obese as opposed to 67.7% of people in a comparison school district. This neighborhood was also selected because it qualifies as a “food desert” meaning that it is an area where it is difficult to buy affordable or quality fresh foods. In this target area, most residents are living within a modest income and more than 70% of people live over a mile from a grocery store. All of these reasons coupled with the limited access to physical activity opportunities in this neighborhood make this area the ideal choice for the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition.

All funded programs must meet at least one of the three objectives below:

1. Increase access to, and participation in, physical activity opportunities for residents in target area.

2. Increase access to, and consumption of, healthy foods and beverages for residents in target area.

3. Within target area, encourage the adoption of healthy lifestyles behaviors through creation of structural supports, environmental changes, and policy initiatives.

If you are a nonprofit organization located in Broome County and would like to submit a proposal for a grant from United Way of Broome County, please download our RFP for instructions and  contact Shelbi DuBord at 607-240-2014.