United Way of Pottawatomie County

Request for Proposals

2023-2024 Funding Cycle


Objective/Purpose – United Way of Pottawatomie County Inc. is a local and independently operated 501c3 serving Pottawatomie County, as well as portions of Seminole and Lincoln County. As an agency that supports and funds best in class programs, United Way of Pottawatomie County is seeking applicants for the upcoming 2023-2024 funding cycle. United Way of Pottawatomie County is seeking to fund programs that align with and support our mission: The UWPC strengthens communities by mobilizing resources to collaborate for the common good. å

Key Dates

  1. Application Open: March 1-March 31, 2023
  2. Committee Application Review and Scheduled Tours: April 1-April 30, 2023
  3. Award notifications: By June 1, 2023
  4. Funding begins: July 15,
    1. Agencies awarded one-time payments will be funded July 15, 2023.
    2. Agencies awarded monthly payments will receive funds on the 15th of each month July 2023 through June 2024.


Agencies applying for funding from United Way of Pottawatomie County must meet the following guidelines:
    1. Currently maintains 501c3 nonprofit status.
    2. Provides services to residents primarily residing in Pottawatomie, Lincoln and/or Seminole Counties in Oklahoma.
    3. Conducts an annual 3rd party financial audit.
    4. Provides programming that aligns with United Way of Pottawatomie County’s impact areas including successful youth, strong families, and basic/emergency needs.
    5. If previously funded by United Way of Pottawatomie County, can provide proof that all funds were utilized to support appropriate program.

      Application Process

      Applications must be completed by the deadline (outlined above) in their entirety and submitted with all required supporting documents.

      Applicants that meet these requirements and submit an application that passes review standards by United Way of Pottawatomie County’s Allocations Committee will be invited to proceed to the next step of presenting their funding request to the committee by a site tour.


      Key considerations for funding request process scoring are as follows:
      1. Online application- 40% of total score
        1. Relevance of program to local needs
        2. Program efficacy
        3. Organization and program impact
      2. Site Tour Presentation- 60% of total score (each agency will be provided with no more than 60 minutes to present the program to be funded by a site tour)
        1. Preparedness and presentation of the program
        2. Alignment of program and presentation with the United Way of Pottawatomie County impact areas in specifically addressing at-risk youth, families in poverty and/or making sure all individuals have access to basic/emergency needs.

      Funding decisions will be made based on final scores and availability of funds by the United Way of Pottawatomie County Board of Directors designated Allocations Committee with final Board of Director’s approval.


      If awarded, applicants will be required to submit an annual report outlining the utilization of funding, outputs, outcomes, and other supporting documents as requested.


      All application questions, comments, or concerns shall be directed to the United Way of Pottawatomie County Executive Director serving the Board of Directors:

      Sandy Vanderburg
      [email protected]