Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement Grant

Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement Grant

Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement Grant

Overview

All adults of working age in our community should have the opportunity to obtain permanent employment with a livable wage at a workplace where they are treated with dignity and have opportunities for advancement.

In 2018, the black unemployment rate in Wisconsin was nearly three times that of whites, according to American Community Survey data.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County’s Diversity Leadership Society (DLS) is leading an initiative to reduce barriers to employment and advancement for local, diverse individuals.

Through DLS’ Reducing Barriers to Employment and Advancement Taskforce (RBEAT), United Way partners with 50+ organizations to address African American unemployment barriers across four priorities:

  • Education, training, and credentials: offer financial support to programs that help adults learn to read, earn their GED or other employment credentials, and teach English as a Second Language (ESL).
  • Transportation: support programs that help adults recover their driver’s license and assist youth in obtaining their initial driver’s license.

  • Involvement in the justice system: advocate for laws that promote expungement of records from public databases for non-violent offenders. Studies have shown that most employers are reluctant to hire applicants with criminal records, even for non-violent convictions.

  • Diverse Talent Retention: enlist the help of outside consultants to develop a survey tool to understand why diverse talent is leaving the region at such a high rate.

Grants will be available for organizations working towards one or more of the four priorities listed above.

Special consideration will be made for organizations applying for funding with an additional organization to maximize impact.

2020-2021 Timeline

All trainings and roundtables will take place at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County (225 W. Vine) unless otherwise specified.

  • March 3, 2020 - Letter of Intent application is open for submission – see below
  • March 16, 2020 - Letter of Intent due by 4:30pm
  • March 30, 2020 - Agencies notified whether they have qualified to complete a full Request for Proposal (RFP) and receive instructions on how to complete and submit RFP via email. 
  • April 1, 2020 - RFP becomes available in e-CImpact.
  • April 20, 2020 - RFP and all attachments due by 4:30pm
  • July 1, 2020 - Project funding year starts and agency executives are notified of award status

All agencies who submitted a Letter of Intent will receive an update on the RFP along with relevant dates via email.

Questions?

Please contact Shannon Reed at 414-263-8133 or via email.

Agencies invited to complete a full RFP that are not currently United Way Agency Program Partners will be required to submit:

  • Agency 990 (most recently completed)
  • 501 (c) 3 Letter
  • Completed Form W-9
  • Most recent Audit Report
  • Management Letter for Audit Report
  • Most recently completed fiscal year-ending internal financial reports (Balance Sheet and Statement of Activities)
  • Most recent current year financial report (Balance Sheet and Statement of Activities)
  • Current list of Agency Board of Directors

Grant requirements for agencies receiving funding after successful submission and review of RFP:

  • Signed Grant Agreement
  • Counterterrorism Compliance Form
  • Policy on Protecting Children


Outcomes Measurement:

  • All funded programs will be collecting data that measure common outcomes and indicators.
  • Programs will be asked to choose one or two outcomes to report to United Way in their Year-End Report. Outcomes, indicators, and the post-test survey tool will be provided to funded organizations before the start of programming.

Demographics:

All funded programs are required to report demographic information for all of the clients completing programming (including those that did not take the post-test.)

  • Age Groups: 18 thru 24, 25 thru 34, 35 thru 44, 45 thru 54, 55 thru 64, 65 thru 74, 75 thru 84, 85 thru 94, 95 and over
  • Gender: Male, Female, Transgender, Other
  • Household Income: $0 to $9,999, $10,000 to 14,999, $15,000 to $24,999, $25,000 to 36,999,  $37,000 to $49,999, $50,000 to $74,999, $75,000 or more, Free and reduced lunch (if income data is not available)
  • Racial Background: African American/Black, Asian, Caucasian/White, Middle Eastern, Multi-racial, Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Other
  • Ethnicity: Hispanic/Latino, Non-Hispanic/Latino
  • Veteran Status (Do you now or have you ever served in the Armed Forces?)
  • What is the primary Language spoken in the home? English, Hmong, Spanish, Other
  • Zip Codes of Residence
  • Household Income: $0 to $9,999, $10,000 to 14,999, $15,000 to $24,999, $25,000 to 36,999, $37,000 to $49,999, $50,000 to $74,999, $75,000 or more, Free and reduced lunch (if income data is not available)
  • Ethnic/Racial Background: African American/Black, Asian, Caucasian/White, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern, Multi-Racial, Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Other
  • U.S. Veteran Status (Do you now or have you ever served in the United States Armed Forces?)
  • Primary Language Spoken in the Home: What is the primary Language spoken in the home? English, Hmong, Spanish, Other
  • Zip Codes of Residence

Apply

The Letter of Intent for the Reducing Barriers to Employment and Advancement grant is now closed.

© 2020 United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit registered in the US under EIN: 39-0806190.
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