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UPDATE 1/9/2023:

If your agency was unable to attend the RFP release on Monday, Jan. 9, we are providing an additional opportunity for you to learn more about the new Request for Proposal (RFP) from United Way of Kaw Valley.

Any agency that serves clients in Shawnee and/or Jefferson Counties and is interested in applying for a grant in Childhood Success, Family Success, or Family Supports (basic needs) should attend this in-person meeting. See the details below:

  • What: United Way of Kaw Valley RFP Release and Information Meeting
  • When: Friday, January 13 at 1:00pm
  • Where: United Way of Kaw Valley office (1527 SW Fairlawn Road)

This is a new grant application with new grant areas so all interested parties should plan to attend. You can read the RFP here

Nonprofits wishing to apply for grants can check this page for new opportunities. Copies of previous Requests for Proposal are linked at the bottom for additional reference.

United Way of Kaw Valley uses the e-C Impact online portal for grant applications and grant management. To get started, visit our gateway page.



United Way of Kaw Valley (UWKV) brings together people, companies, and nonprofits to help individuals and families not just survive but thrive. We work to solve issues no single donor, charity or government agency can handle alone. By focusing on the whole family, we help more children graduate and achieve employment success, help more families move from crisis to financial stability and prosperity, and improve the health of individuals and families in our community.

Over the past 12 years in Shawnee and Jefferson counties, UWKV has invested in the areas of Early Education, On-Grade Achievement, Financial Stability, Health, Substance Abuse, and Basic Needs (Food Assistance, Rent & Utilities Assistance, Healthcare and Prescription Assistance, Safety from Domestic Violence, and Shelter). As we have shared with the community, those grants made a significant.

As we listened to our community during that time and looked at research and best practices emerging in the various areas of social services, we saw the need to apply a different lens to our work, a lens that would make it easier for families to access services and define and achieve success for themselves. We found this lens in a Whole Family/2Gen Approach to Poverty. Over the course of the last four years, a conversation has emerged in our community about how we can better serve families with this approach.

This RFP marks a shift for UWKV as we seek to apply the Whole Family Approach to our grantmaking while also adjusting for decreased revenue over the last 12 years. We held listening sessions across our community to establish this new direction. For this upcoming grant cycle (2023-2025), UWKV is committed to community investment in Shawnee and Jefferson Counties in the following areas: Childhood Success, Family Success, and Family Supports (previously known as Basic Needs and encompassing Housing Supports, Food Security, Access to Healthcare, and Services for Relationship Violence and Trafficking Survivors). This framework and these areas better reflect where we are as a community while also folding in emerging research and best practices to help families achieve greater levels of stability and success.


2023-25 Community Investment Grant Process

In January 2023, United Way of Kaw Valley (formerly United Way of Greater Topeka) will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new generation of two-year impact work grants for those serving Shawnee or Jefferson counties.

Any agency interested in applying for a new grant in Childhood Success, Family Success or Family Supports (basic needs) should attend the in-person RFP release meeting on Monday, January 9, 2023 at the Shawnee County Health Department, 2600 SW East Circle Dr.

This is a NEW APPLICATION with new grant categories. We recommend that you attend the RFP release meeting if you plan to apply. BASIC NEEDS PARTNERS: Basic needs will no longer have a separate RFP process. If you intend to apply for a grant focused on basic needs, you will now need to apply under the Family Supports section of the upcoming RFP. More information will be shared at the January 9 meeting and extensive technical support will be available to applicants.

January 9 RFP Releases
January 17 Whole Family Workshop
January 23 Process Opens
March 3 Applications Due
March-April Review/Scoring
April 28 Notifications Sent
July 1 2-Year Funding Cycle Begins

PREVIOUS RFPs (for reference only)

City of Topeka 2023 Social Service Grants
(managed by UWKV)

Click to view or download the Request for Proposal (PDF)
View the Zoom recording of the informational meeting.
Enter Passcode: %?k987UH

Questions regarding the funding process should be directed to Brett Martin.

Jackson County
2022-24 Basic Needs Grants

Click to open a PDF file of the full RFP.

City of Topeka 2022 Social Service Grants

(managed by UWGT)

City of Topeka Social Services Grants RFP for 2022

For More Information

RFP ClipartFor more information on our regular impact and basic needs grant process, or on the CIty of Topeka Social Service Grant process, please contact Juliet McDiffett.


United Way of Kaw Valley uses the e-C Impact online portal for grant applications and grant management. To get started, visit our gateway page.