Jackson County Basic Needs 2020-2022 RFP Release

For Immediate Release
February 7, 2020

Donna Swaffar, Communications Director
Phone: 785.273.4804
E-mail: donna.swaffar@unitedwaytopeka.org

United Way of Greater Topeka To Issue Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
for 2020-22 Jackson County Basic Needs Investment

February 7, 2020, TOPEKA, KANS.—Charitable organizations interested in receiving United Way of Greater Topeka (UWGT) funding for Basic Needs Assistance should plan to apply online via e-CImpact. United Way is releasing the 2020 Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide investment for assistance in the basic needs categories of food assistance, rent and utilities assistance, and access to health care and prescription assistance.  A public meeting will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Farmers State Bank, 209 Montana Ave, Holton, KS 66436.

These grants will take effect July 1, 2020 and will for the first time be awarded for a two-year cycle instead of the existing one-year cycle. “Longer grant cycles allow agencies to have more stability in their budgeting and service provision,” said Brett Martin, Vice President for Community Impact at United Way of Greater Topeka. “United Way is always looking for ways to be a better funding partner, and extending our grant cycle is a win for partners and a win for the communities in Jackson County.”

The RFP process is open to eligible charitable organizations as designated by IRS Code 170 that provide services in Jackson County (contact Brett Martin at 785.581.0231 with questions). space

Online Proposal Process:  Requests for proposals will be available to organizations via the e-CImpact online community investment management system at 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 13. 

New Applicants:  New applicants must sign-up for an account in the e-CImpact online community investment system. Go to https://www.unitedwaytopeka.org/work/e-cimpact/ and click on “Agencies – Log in Here.  Once on the e-CImpact site, click on “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.

Training:  New applicants interested in being trained or agencies needing to train new staff in the e-CImpact online community investment system should contact Joyce Katzer 785.228.5127.

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 2020-22 Basic Needs RFP or application process, please contact:

Brett Martin, Vice President of Community Impact

Visit United Way of Greater Topeka for information and details anytime at www.unitedwaytopeka.org.


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.


In 2012, Jackson County officially became part of United Way of Greater Topeka.