United Way of Pottawatomie County Request for Proposals 2021-2022 Funding Cycle

Objective/Purpose – United Way of Pottawatomie County Inc. is a local and independently operated 501c3 serving Pottawatomie County, as well as portions of Seminole and Lincoln County. As an agency that supports and funds best in class programs, United Way of Pottawatomie County is seeking applicants for the upcoming 2021-2022 funding cycle. United Way of Pottawatomie County is seeking to fund programs that align with and support our mission: We fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.

Key Dates
  1. Application Open: March 1st-April 23rd, 11:59PM
  2. Committee Application Review: April 26th-May 7th
  3. Communication to Agencies-Finalize Expectations: May 10th- May 14th
  4. Presentation Day: May 21st
  5. Award notifications: By June 1st
  6. Funding begins: July 15th, 2021
    1. Agencies awarded one time payments will be funded July 15th, 2021.
    2. Agencies awarded monthly payments will receive funds on the 15th of each month July 2021 through June 2022.
  1. Agencies applying for funding from United Way of Pottawatomie County must meet the following guidelines:
    1. Currently maintains 501c3 nonprofit status.
    2. Provides services to residents primarily residing in Pottawatomie, Lincoln and/or Seminole Counties in Oklahoma.
    3. Conducts an annual 3rd party financial audit.
    4. Provides programming that aligns with United Way of Pottawatomie County’s mission through serving health, education, or financial stability needs.
    5. If previously funded by United Way of Pottawatomie County, can provide proof that all funds were utilized to support appropriate program.
Application Process
  1. Applications must be completed by the deadline (outlined above) in their entirety and submitted with all required supporting documents.
  2. Applicants that meet these requirements and submit an application that passes review standards by United Way of Pottawatomie County’s Allocations Committee will be invited to proceed to the next step of presenting their funding request to the committee.
  1. Key considerations for funding request process scoring are as follows:
    1. Online application-35% of total score
      1. Relevance of program to local needs
      2. Program efficacy
      3. Organization and program impact
    2. Presentation-65% of total score
    3. Each agency will be provided with 10 minutes to present the program to be funded, and must be prepared to answer questions from the committee for up to 5 minutes. Total time allotted for each agency is 15 minutes.
      1. Preparedness and presentation of the program
      2. Relevancy and quality of visual aids. (Powerpoint, infographics, or any other electronic document that can be displayed or printed on 8.5×11 inch paper encouraged and supported for presentations.)
      3. Alignment of program and presentation with the United Way of Pottawatomie County mission in specifically addressing health, education, and financial stability
  2. Funding decisions will be made based on final scores and availability of funds by the United Way of Pottawatomie County Board of Directors designated Allocations Committee with final Board of Director’s approval.

If awarded, applicants will be required to submit an annual report outlining the utilization of funding, outputs, outcomes, and other supporting documents as requested.


All application questions, comments, or concerns shall be directed to the United Way of Pottawatomie County Executive Director serving the Board of Directors:

Miriam Bell
[email protected]