2019 United Way of Dane County Micro Investment Application

Investment Proposal

United Way of Dane County’s Community Engagement Committee (CEC) is pleased to announce the availability of $15,000 for nonprofit and grassroots organizations or groups to further their impact, outreach, and capacity in areas focusing on social justice, community organizing, equity, and with an emphasis on reaching out to communities of color and low-income communities. Investments are being made available by United Way of Dane County.

MAXIMUM GRANT AWARDED: Up to $5,000. This will be a one-time Investment. Note: If you received funding through the CEC, formally known as the Community Engagement Capacity Building Team (CE CBT), in the past a proposal must be submitted each year for you to be considered for funding.

Investment Information and Timeline

Proposal AND Applications Due to United Way of Dane County September 30, 2019
Round 1 Notifications: Criteria Met Proposals Reviewed by CEC October 1-4, 2019
CEC Meeting to Review Proposals October 9, 1-2:30pm, 2019
Round 2 Notifications: Organizations Scheduled to Present to CEC October 15, 2019
Round 2 Presentations: 20-minute Organization Presentation to CEC October 23, 2019 – 5:00-8:00pm
CEC Finalizes Recommendations October 23, 2019
Vision Council Approves CEC Recommendations November 7, 2019
Board of Directors Approves Recommendations November 19, 2019
Agencies Notified November 25, 2019
Funding Released January 10, 2020
Funded Agencies Year End Report January 15, 2021

The United Way of Dane County Community Engagement Committee works to:

  • Engage diverse individuals, who may not typically have opportunity or means, to gain leadership skills, build their confidence, and make connections to provide their voice in services provided by the community.
  • Involve the community in the most diverse sense to better understand its needs and how we can create a public will for change.
  • Engage communities in ways they can contribute to the common good, create results, and meet their philanthropic and human resource goals.
  • Demonstrate, report, and celebrate the impact volunteers make on our community.

Definition of terms

Social Justice: A process and a goal toward full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to their needs; it includes a vision of a society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.
Equity: Resources dispensed based on meeting the needs of every individual.
Community organizing: Process where people who live in proximity to each other come together into an organization that acts in their shared self-interest.

Who can apply:

Nonprofits, faith groups, community-based organizations, neighborhood groups, etc. that are working on the focus areas identified above.

Please note that applications will not be considered if:

  • An organization is currently funded by United Way of Dane County (United Way of Dane County agencies may serve as fiscal agent to another organization).
  • The organization’s budget is over $50,000.
  • The applicant is an individual – Only organizations will be considered for funding.
  • The organization has been funded through this process for two consecutive years. A third consecutive application will not be considered, but after a year the organization may resubmit a proposal (Past fund funding is no guarantee of continued funding).

How to Apply

You can click this link to download a fillable form which can be saved as a draft and added to until complete and includes the project budget document, which does not need to be downloaded separately. Or you can attach a document of your own format in addition to your proposal document and email to microinvestmentgrant@uwdc.org. Both an organization budget and a project budget will be required.

When you submit an application for a micro investment, please add microinvestmentgrant@uwdc.org to your email contact list or address book so communications from this address do not go to Junk Mail or a SPAM folder. Your primary contact person listed in your proposal is for responding to questions about your proposal in a timely fashion.

If you need technical assistance completing your application, you can call (608) 246-4380 and make an appointment to use a computer at the United Way of Dane County and have a staff member guide you through the process of downloading, attaching, and uploading files.

Members of the Community Engagement Committee (CEC) 

Everett Mitchell, Dane County Circuit Court, Chair
Nolan Brown, Springs Window Fashions, Co-Chair
Allision Cooley, Effectability, LLC
Gene Dalhoff, Madison Redion Economic Partnership
Kristin Dewey, QTI Professional Staffing
Laura Frisque, UW Credit Union
Claude Gilmore, Kennedy Heights Community Center (Retired)
Steph Harrill, UW Credit Union
Janice Hughes, Certified Coaching Executive
Linda Ketcham, Madison-area Urban Ministry
Char Lodl, Springs Window Fashions
Carmen Porco, Carmen Porco Consulting Service
Hedi Rudd, Badger Rock Neighborhood Center
Mya Rolack, Madison Metropolitan School Distric

Staff Liaison
Hannah Stowell
United Way of Dane County
2059 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704
hannah.stowell@uwdc.org; (608) 246-4381