Spring 2019 Requests for Proposals

United Way for Southeastern Michigan is pleased to announce a series of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to be issued this spring. Community-based organizations are invited to apply for program funding in four impact areas detailed below. This page will be updated as new RFPs are released. Please check back frequently.

Application process

All applications must be submitted online using United Way’s grants management system, Apricot. It is best to use either Chrome or Firefox with this site. The process is slightly different depending on whether you have applied for a grant from United Way in the past or not.

If your organization has applied for a grant from United Way in the past or is currently funded by United Way, please click here to access the RFP applications by logging into Apricot. Once you have logged into your account, you should see the open RFPs detailed in red with instructions on how to apply. If you don’t know your login credentials or have any questions about your account, please contact Holly Bresson at Holly.Bresson@UnitedWaySEM.org.

If your organization has not applied for a grant from United Way in the past, please click here to create a new Apricot account. Once you have created your account, you should see the open RFPs detailed in red with instructions on how to apply. If you have questions about creating an account or using Apricot, please contact Holly Bresson at Holly.Bresson@UnitedWaySEM.org.

Funding opportunities

Summer STEM RFP

Who should apply: Organizations seeking to provide new, enhanced or expanded summer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning and enrichment programs for middle and high-school students in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Programs should improve students’ perception of STEM, illustrate how STEM connects to the workplace, help to strengthen students’ interest and skill in STEM and bolster students’ 21st-century skills (creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and confidence).

RFP opens: Now open (please use links above in the application process section to access the application).

Proposals due: 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 24

Contact for questions related to the content of the application: Tammie.Jones@UnitedWaySEM.org

Centers for Working Families RFP 

Who should apply: Organizations that are members of or wish to become members of the Greater Detroit Centers for Working Families Network (a partnership between United Way for Southeastern Michigan and Detroit LISC). Centers for Working Families member sites provide an integrated set of economic mobility coaching services (financial, employment and income supports coaching) designed to kick-start a positive economic trajectory. Coaches support clients in claiming essential income supports, building job skills, navigating the job search process to gain higher-paid employment, improving money management habits, building or rebuilding credit, reducing debt and building savings. Three types of organizations are eligible to apply: existing members of the Greater Detroit Centers for Working Families Network; organizations currently doing similar work (e.g., Community Financial Centers, Michigan Works Career Centers and others) seeking to transition to full implementation of the Centers for Working Families model; and organizations seeking to pilot the approach.

RFP opens: Now open (please use links above in the application process section to access the application).

RFP pre-application conference call: 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 29. Please click here to register.

Proposals due: 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 16

Contact for questions related to the content of the application: Kalaya.Long@UnitedWaySEM.org

Basic Needs RFP

Who should apply: Organizations providing safety net services to individuals and families experiencing economic hardship (households whose financial resources fall below United Way’s ALICE threshold) and/or whose programming lowers household costs associated with the following domains: housing, food, healthcare (inclusive of mental health and substance abuse) or multi-domain coordinated care.

RFP opens: Late April

RFP pre-application conference call: TBD

Proposals due: Mid-May

Contact for questions related to the content of the application: Sara.Gold@UnitedWaySEM.org. Please include BASIC NEEDS in the subject line.

Food and Physical Activity Environment RFP

Who should apply: Organizations providing programs and services that improve the local food environment through one of three categories:

  • Providing nutrition education programming to children, parents and/or families.
  • Providing physical activity programming to increase children’s access to opportunities to be physically active.
  • Increasing the availability of fresh foods in geographic areas that lack access.

RFP opens: Early May

RFP pre-application conference call: TBD

Proposals due: Late May

Contact for questions related to the content of the application: Lily.Doher@UnitedWaySEM.org.

Have an idea that doesn’t fit?

At this time, United Way is only actively soliciting applications for funding in the above RFPs. However, we’re always interested in hearing from partners and potential partners about the work they are doing or innovations they’d like to try to strengthen the safety net, ensure children thrive or create pathways to economic prosperity. If your program idea doesn’t fit in the above categories, please feel free to submit a letter of interest to us at PartnerInquiry@UnitedWaySEM.org.