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UWPV envisions a thriving, caring region where individuals have opportunities to realize their potential, are economically self-sufficient, and contribute collectively to improve the quality of life in their communities.

UWPV focuses its grant-making in support of:

  • Education: Increasing the number of young people that graduate from high school with a 21st century education ready for success in college, career, and life
  • Income: Increasing the ability of working individuals and families to close the gap between what they earn and economic self-sufficiency as defined by the MASS Self-Sufficiency index
  • Health: Reducing teen birth rates and increasing the ability of youth to make healthy life choices that enable them to graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life
  • Basic Needs: Assisting people of all ages with short-term housing, food, and fuel assistance as a result of loss of employment, emergency, or other short-term need

These investments are targeted to organizations, programs, services, and initiatives that demonstrate meaningful and measurable results intended to improve lives and create lasting change. Outcome measures have been established and UWPV’s community partners report on a semi-annual basis on progress toward meeting these objectives.

Grant opportunities available through United Way of Pioneer Valley

Community Impact Grant Program

Multiple year funding of community programs, services, and initiatives in support of Education, Income, and Health. These grants are targeted to specific community outcomes and indicators and are available through a competitive Request for Proposal process.

  • 2016 to 2019 Education Grant Program Request for Proposals
  • 2016-2019 Education Grant Program Letter of Intent

Basic Needs Grant Program

  • Basic Needs Grants are intended to fund and support basic emergency services in housing, food, and fuel assistance to assist individuals and families facing a short-term need. Grants are made through a competitive Request for Proposal process on an annual basis.

Current (2018-2020) Request for Funds for Basic Needs

Community Initiatives Fund

The UWPV Board of Directors has set aside funds in support of pro-active community initiatives that are aligned with the UWPV Community Impact agenda. These funds are available by invitation and are targeted to specific outcomes and indicators that can demonstrate measureable results.

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