2018 Basic Needs RFP Available October 30, 2017

For Immediate Release

October 11, 2017

Juliet McDiffett, Director of Community Impact
785-273-4804 x122

United Way of Greater Topeka to issue
Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for 2018 Basic Needs Grants

October 11, 2017, TOPEKA, KANS.—Charitable organizations interested in receiving a United Way of Greater Topeka (UWGT) grant for Basic Needs Assistance should plan to attend an information meeting on October 30 at the Shawnee County Health Department. United Way will be releasing the 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide grants for assistance in the basic needs categories of food, rent and utilities assistance, access to health care and prescription assistance and safety from domestic violence.

United Way of Greater Topeka continues to support basic needs assistance in the community while pursuing long-term sustainable change in the areas of education, health and financial stability. For more information about United Way’s work in Basic Needs, please visit https://www.unitedwaytopeka.org/ci/basic/

The RFP process is open to eligible charitable organizations as designated by IRS Code 170 that provide services in Shawnee and Jefferson counties (contact United Way for specific details).space

Information Meeting

The information meeting will be Monday, October 30, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Shawnee County Health Department Auditorium, 2600 SW East Circle Drive, in Topeka. UWGT staff will review the RFP, answer questions and explain the online application system and process (e-CImpact). To ensure adequate materials are available, please RSVP for the information meeting by e-mailing Juliet McDiffett at jmcdiffett@unitedwaytopeka.org.

1:00 – 1:30        Basic Needs RFP Specifics
1:30 – 2:30        e-CImpact Training

Online Proposal Process

Requests for Proposals will be available to organizations via the e-CImpact online community investment management system at the end of the day on Monday, October 30, 2017. 

New Applicants:  New applicants must sign-up for an account in the e-CImpact online community investment system. Go to https://agency.e-cimpact.com/login.aspx?org=18530F and click on the “Click here to create a new account” green button and follow the steps from there. UWGT strongly encourages new applicants to attend the October 30 information meeting.

Existing/Previous Applicants:

The launch page for e-CImpact is: https://www.unitedwaytopeka.org/work/e-cimpact/. Click on the link for the agency log-in and save that link in favorites.

Agency representatives should check contact information and update the staff contacts in the profile. Agencies are responsible for keeping this information up to date. UWGT will use this system to alert agencies to community investment grant details and timelines (when reporting opens, deadlines, etc.). Please delete accounts for staff who have left the organization and add new accounts for those who need access to reporting. Please confirm that the appropriate staff person is identified as the primary contact.

For questions about the 2018 Basic Needs RFP or application process, please contact:

Juliet McDiffett, Director of Community Impact
785-273-4804 x122


Our Vision:
Connected individuals and families maximizing their full potential.

Our Mission:
To achieve positive sustainable change through education, financial stability and health for everyone in our community.

United Way of Greater Topeka brings together donors, volunteers, companies and nonprofits in Shawnee, Jackson and Jefferson counties to create positive sustainable change in our community. Working with impact partners, United Way increases school readiness, supports on-grade achievement, promotes financial literacy and job readiness, and collaborates and advocates for a healthier community. United Way of Greater Topeka also invests in Basic Needs, the foundation that helps us reach our impact goals in education, financial stability and health.