UWNYC Storm Recovery Grant RFP

United Way of New York City (UWNYC) has established a fund to support the health and human services agencies that, due to Hurricane Sandy, are challenged in their ability to provide critical supports to individuals and families in need.

UWNYC will make individual grants of up to $10,000 to community-based organizations in areas hardest hit: the Rockaways, Staten Island, Coney Island, Red Hook, and the Lower East Side. UWNYC also has volunteers ready to support NYC nonprofits working to help their communities recover.

Eligibility Criteria Organizations that qualify for review must:

  • be located in and serve the Rockaways, Staten Island, Coney Island, Red Hook, Lower East Side;
  • have provided health and/or human services to low-income and vulnerable populations prior to Hurricane Sandy;
  • have a valid 501(C)3 status; and
  • demonstrate a need for funds and a plan to utilize them.

Nonprofits selected for funding will be required to submit a report that documents how the resources were utilized. Nonprofits must retain copies of receipts, work orders, and any documentation that substantiates the expenses covered by the UWNYC grant.

Eligible Expenses Qualified expenses include:

  1. Repairs or replacement of equipment for operations that benefit the community
  2. Funds for replacement of services, supports, or supplies for people in need
  3. Costs related to the organization’s displacement or the securing of temporary office space because of displacement

Application Procedure Organizations that meet UWNYC eligibility criteria should send a letter requesting support to communitygrants@uwnyc.org. Your letter should not exceed two pages. Include:

  1. The name, address, mission, number of individuals served annually, and annual budget of the organization seeking support;
  2. The address of the site for which funds would be used;
  3. A description of the services and supports provided at that site;
  4. A description of the impact Hurricane Sandy has had on the organization’s ability to provide services and supports;
  5. A description of how the funds would be used;
  6. A summary of the projected costs;
  7. A timeline estimating when the organization would be able to make the necessary repairs, purchases or expenditures;
  8. Current main sources of funding (list top foundations and/or government sources); and
  9. If applicable, list any projects or tasks for which you could use UWNYC volunteers, including number of volunteers needed (use of volunteers does not influence awards of funds)

Grants will be determined on a rolling basis beginning November 12. Funds to selected nonprofits will be released by November 26, 2012.

Please direct any questions to Loren Miller at lmiller@uwnyc.org or 212-251-4194.

Please find the detailed document here UWNYC Hurricane Sandy Fund Grants Application.

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