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2019-2020 Youth Development Grant Program

United Way of Pioneer Valley Announces 2019 – 2020 Youth Development Grant Program

United Way of Pioneer Valley is seeking proposals for its 2019-2020 Youth Development Community Impact Grant program. The United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) seeks letters of intent from qualified out-of-school/afterschool organizations to support programs and services focused on improving the education and development of children and youth in Hampden County, South Hadley and Granby. The goal of UWPV’s work in support of the educational success of children and youth is to ensure: Young people graduate from high school with a 21st century education ready for success in college, career and life.

The upcoming grant cycle is from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 dependent upon satisfactory program results, agency performance in delivering grant requirements and the availability of funds based on the results of UWPV’s annual fundraising. 

All funded programs are expected to:

  • Serve children and youth living in economically challenged environments in Grades 4-8 and based in Hampden County, South Hadley or Granby, Massachusetts
  • Purposefully integrate character development, mentoring, intentional programming, parent/guardian/family engagement, and supporting academic achievement
  • Align services with local school districts for data collection such as attendance and grades
  • Focus on improving Reading/Literacy and Math skills
  • Incorporate academic enrichment programming
  • Serve children and youth in communities with high school graduation rates below the state average and/or serve students in a designated Title 1 school
  • Participate in UWPV’s program evaluation (site visits, progress reports, program and participant assessments)

Funds may be used:

  • To support program operations and all reasonable program-related expenses
  • For salaries and benefits of program personnel
  • For agency overhead

Funds may not be used for:

  • Capital projects and/or campaigns
  • Debt reduction
  • Academic research
  • Endowments
  • Scholarships (although consumer stipends may be included as part of a program)
  • Sectarian or religious purposes
  • To support candidates for public office or promote a partisan cause

It is ideal that United Way of Pioneer Valley’s funding cover no more than 30% of the cost of the program.

Grant awards will be for a 12-month period:  July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 (subject to the availability of funds based on the success of previous year UWPV campaign).  Eligible organizations may only submit one (1) letter of intent during this year’s competitive application process.  If deemed a best match to support and implement Youth Development program goals and demonstrate a strong community partnership with the United Way of Pioneer Valley, an organization will be invited to submit a full application for consideration.

It is required that potential applicants attend one (1) information session prior to submitting a letter of intent. 

Information Sessions are scheduled for:

  • Monday, January 28 from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (TD Bank Conference Room #2, TD Bank Building, 1441 Main Street, Downtown Springfield)
  • Thursday, January 31 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (TD Bank Conference Room #2, TD Bank Building, 1441 Main Street, Downtown Springfield)

Please note: this grant application process is currently underway. No late applicants can be considered for this grant cycle. Thank you for your understanding.

The Letter of Intent must address and respond to the following:

  • Anticipated amount of  money to be requested from the United Way of Pioneer Valley and program budget
  • Anticipated use of funds
  • Brief program overview including program goals, curriculum, program design, recruitment strategies, and communities served
  • Brief explanation of how this program will address a need in the community
  • Previous UWPV funding, if applicable

Letters of Intent are due by Friday, February 15 and will only be received via e-mail.  Submitting a letter of intent is not a guarantee to be invited to apply for a grant.

Please submit your letter of intent on organizational letterhead via e-mail as an attachment to Nicole M. Young, Manager of Community Investments, at  The letter of intent should be at or under two (2) pages.

2019 – 2020 UWPV Youth Development Grant Program Application Timeline

January 18   Request for Proposal released
January 28; January 31  Information Session(s)
February 15 Letter of Intent due by 4:30 p.m. ET
March 1 Finalists invited to submit full proposals
March 4 Full Application opens
March 25 Full Application closes (due by 4:30 p.m. ET)
May 31    Notification of funding decisions
July 1 Grant funding begins