2019 Basic Needs RFP

2019 Basic Needs RFP Timeline

October 8, 2018 Request for proposal (RFP) released to community
November 8, 2018 Proposals due to UWGT via e-CImpact online by 5:00 pm
Dec. 3 – 14, 2018 Investment panel sessions (click to see panel volunteer opportunities)
December 20, 2018 Applicants notified
January 1, 2019 Grant cycle begins

This post is a summary of the 2019 Basic Needs RFP that was released on October 8, 2018. This post DOES NOT contain all the information needed to submit an RFP. Please click on the link to download the complete Request for Proposal as a PDF file:
Basic Needs RFP 2019.

Since the beginning of 2016 in Shawnee, Jackson and Jefferson Counties, data from 2-1-1 Kansas indicates that there were 329 requests for food assistance, 297 requests for access to healthcare and prescription assistance, 65 requests for assistance with safety from domestic violence and 1922 requests for assistance with rent/utilities.

Without basic needs in place, the consequences may be severe. This is why part of United Way of Greater Topeka’s work is to ensure that the basic necessities of life are available for those in need. Whether someone is facing hunger, financial difficulties, or other situations that put them at risk, we know that supportive services are integral for providing temporary relief from immediate or impending crisis.

In alignment with United Way’s commitment to our goals in education, financial stability, and health, we know that supportive services in basic needs also create lasting impact in the lives of individuals and families. This year, we will begin the discussion and process for measuring the impact of basic need services in supporting the upward mobility of people and families in need.

Grant Availability

United Way grants are possible due to the generosity of donors who are expecting clear focus and results. The United Way Board of Directors and volunteers work to maximize resources available for investment in community programs.  It is likely that in the 2019 investment process multiple proposals will be selected for grants within the four Basic Needs focus areas:


  • Food distribution to people experiencing food insecurity
  • Prepared meal distribution (either home delivery or congregate settings) to people experiencing food insecurity

Rent & Utility Assistance

  • Financial assistance to help low-income individuals or families in crisis situations. Programs that provide individuals or families with emergency financial assistance for a variety of crisis situations including:
  • Eviction
  • Utility shut-off notices

Access to Healthcare & Prescription Assistance:

  • Access to mental and physical health care for low-income, uninsured or underinsured residents
  • Prescription assistance for low-income, uninsured or underinsured residents

Safety from Domestic Violence:

  • Interventions directed at stabilizing individuals and families who have been traumatized or abused
  • Support to victims of domestic and sexual abuse

Please refer to the RFP for a full explanation of eligible grant activities, populations and agencies.

Online Proposal Process

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.

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 2019 Basic Needs RFP or application process, please contact:
Juliet McDiffett, Director of Community Impact
785-273-4804 x122