Basic Needs Grant

Basic Needs Grant Availability Notice – 2014

Community Infrastructure, Program Support, Advocacy Grants

Overview: United Way of Salt Lake’s (UWSL) Basic Needs Grants provide support to organizations that meet the basic needs of individuals and families in Salt Lake, Davis, Summit and Tooele Counties. United Way of Salt Lake is accepting applications for Community Infrastructure Grants, Program Support Grants, and Advocacy Grants.

Purpose: Basic Needs Community Infrastructure, Program Support, and Advocacy Grants are intended to support programs and advocacy in the following areas:

  • Food
  • Shelter (including housing)
  • Health (including primary, mental, dental and behavioral health/substance abuse)
  • Safety (including domestic violence and integration)

Program Support Grants provide funding for program services in the areas described above.

Advocacy Grants provide funding support for state and federal policy research and advocacy (including grassroots and coalition advocacy) in the areas described above.

Community Infrastructure Grants provide funding for organizations whose programs/services:

  • Are broad in scope (across multiple needs)
  • Are large in scale or number of people served
  • Play a unique role in terms of overall safety net system infrastructure 

Grant Amounts:

  • Program Support Grants: Between $5,000 and $25,000 with a one year funding commitment.
  • Advocacy Grants: Between $5,000 and $25,000 with a one year funding commitment.
  • Community Infrastructure Grants are up to $100,000 per year, over a three year funding period with amounts reviewed annually based on funding availability and performance.

Grant Period: 

  • Program Support and Advocacy Grants are for one year, beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015.
  • Community Infrastructure Grants are for three years, beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2017.

Eligibility: Applicant organizations must meet UWSL Grant Eligibility Requirements, which can be viewed here. Current Collective Impact grantees may not apply for Basic Needs grants for programs or services that are funded as part of a Promise Partnership. Organizations may only submit one application per grant type (i.e. infrastructure or program support). In certain cases, an organization that provides direct services and has a demonstrated track record of legislative advocacy may apply for a grant of each type.

Application Process: An online application (link listed below) will be available beginning on Thursday February 27, 2014. An applicant orientation will be held March 6, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at United Way of Salt Lake (257 East 200 South, Suite 300 Salt Lake City). The applicant orientation is not mandatory and you need not RSVP. Applications must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday March 20, 2014. 

Review Process: Applications are reviewed by volunteers and UWSL Board members in April. Grants are approved by UWSL’s Board of Directors in May and notice of awards will be provided on or near May 20, 2014.

Questions: For more information related to these grants, contact Linda Turkington ( or 801-736-7717). If you need technical support with the online application form, please contact Matt Parks ( or 801-736-7703). 


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