United Way of Northern Arizona Administering Flagstaff ARPA Grants

| February 14, 2023

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United Way of Northern Arizona will be administering $700,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds on behalf of the City of Flagstaff to benefit nonprofits recovering from challenges due to Covid-19.

The funds are intended to assist organizations working in Flagstaff that had an increased demand for services or suffered declines in fees or donations due to the pandemic.

There are three different categories that make up the funds:
$300,000 in aid for nonprofits focusing on food and food insecurity
$150,000 in aid for non-food related nonprofits
$250,000 in educational assistance for K-12 students

For food-related and other nonprofits, the funds may be used for program staff salaries, supplies, equipment, and other costs, as long as it directly addresses Covid-19 response, mitigation or prevention, or negative economic impacts from the pandemic.

Meanwhile, educational assistance will be focused on early learning services, addressing the impacts of lost instructional time, and helping high-poverty school districts to advance equitable funding. It also can be used towards evidence-based services to address the academic, social, mental and emotional health needs of students.

Individual funding request amounts can range from $10,000 to $25,000 for nonprofits and a minimum of $25,000 for educational assistance. The deadline to submit grant applications is February 21.

A review panel of local volunteers will evaluate the applications and score them using a rubric. Proposed funding recommendations will be voted on by the UWNA Board of Directors and presented to the City, with award letters being delivered to organizations this May.

The last training for applying for ARPA funds will be on Friday, Feb. 10 from 9 – 10:30 am. Applicants must attend an ARPA training to be eligible for funds. To register for this Zoom meeting, click here.

The ARPA fund administration is in addition to UWNA’s awarding of Community Impact funds, where your donations are used to provide two-year grants to nonprofits in Coconino, Navajo and Apache counties.

The 2023-2025 Community Impact funding cycle is for community-based organizations that provide critical services to vulnerable children, families, and individuals for programs that align with UWNA’s three focus areas:

  • Early childhood development
  • Positive youth development
  • Safety and security (meeting basic needs)

New UWNA-funded organizations or programs may apply for grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, while returning organizations may apply for grants in the $5,000 to $50,000 range. Funding requests cannot exceed 30% of a program’s total budget.

These applications are due at the end of the month and will be vetted by seven teams of volunteers (five in Flagstaff and one each in the Northeast and Page), who will review applications, conduct site visits, and score the requests. Recommendations will be reviewed by the Board of Directors and grants will be awarded in June.

UWNA’s annual campaign, which funds these Community Impact grants, is continuing. Your donation can still support these vital programs for the upcoming funding cycle! Please consider a donation and Step Up for Our Community.


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