UW Credit Union Fund for Racial Equity

UW Credit Union Fund for Racial Equity

Overview

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, through the generous partnership with our friends at UW Credit Union, created a $500,000 Fund for Racial Equity to combat the negative impacts Black and Brown Community have persistently experienced for generations. Communities of Color have been disproportionately devastated by the intersecting crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism.

This fund is designed to specifically invest in racial equity through:

  • Emergency funding to address ongoing basic needs insufficiencies
  • Access to educational opportunities 
  • Economic stability programming to meet the needs of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington County’s Black and Brown community members

Criteria

Each organization applying for Racial Equity grants must select "yes" to the following questions to be eligible.

  • Is your proposed project designed specifically and explicitly to impact racial equity? 
  • Are the program beneficiaries of the proposed project Black and Brown community members? 
  • Does your proposed solution serve Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, and Washington County residents? 

Emergency Fund Grants

Emergency Fund Grants seek to address racial disparities and meet increased demands for basic needs services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be made for the purpose of creating or expanding safety net programs and services to assist individuals who have been affected by COVID-19 with a focus on initiatives that meet the emergent needs of our Black and Brown community members. Safety net services include those that provide basic needs (i.e. food, shelter, clothing, necessary household items, communication, sanitation, health, employment, and education) as well as behavioral health services, information and referral, and domestic violence or child abuse and neglect intervention or prevention.  

Emergency Fund Grant funding levels

  • Individual organizations can request up to $10,000 per year

General Fund Grants 

Access to Educational Opportunity grants are an effort to invest in programs that address the achievement gap and improve educational outcomes for Black and Brown students with a focus on interventions that support the success and completion of a high school diploma or GED and accessing and succeeding in higher education or vocational training programs that leads to self and/or family sustaining work. 

Economic Mobility and Financial Stability grants are an effort to support upstream interventions that improve the financial wellbeing of people and promote the financial capability of communities of color, which have been historically excluded by traditional financials.  

General Fund Grant funding levels

  • Individual organizations can request up to $25,000 per year for up to two years ($50,000 total)
  • Proposals from a collaborative of three or more organizations can request up to $100,000 per year for up to two years ($200,000 total)

Please Note: Each organization will be able to submit a maximum of two applications. One application for Emergency Fund Grants, and/or one application for General Fund Grants. 

2021-2022 Timeline
The timeline for United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County’s UW Credit Union Fund for Racial Equity is: 

  • March 17, 2021 - Racial Equity Fund Request For Proposal (RFP) Opens
  • March 31, 2021 - Emergency Fund Applications due
  • Mid-April 2021 - Emergency Fund Recipients Announced
  • April 14, 2021 - General Fund Grant Applications Due
  • Mid-May 2021 - General Fund Grant Recipients Announced

Apply

Emergency Fund applications are no longer being accepted. 

Please click here to apply for General Fund grants. 
 

Application Guidance

Please see guidance steps below. For additional assistance with e-CImpact, please reach out to our e-CImpact Administrator here.

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 Agencies with existing e-CImpact profiles
  • Login to e-CImpact 
  • On the left-hand side, click on "Open Process/LOIs/RFPs" under Apply/Report
  • 21-22 Racial Equity Fund under UWCU Fund for Racial Equity will be selected
  • Click the "Continue" Button
  • Answer the Racial Equity Agency Qualification questions
  • Click "Next"
  • Click "Complete Registration"
  • You can either choose an existing program from the drop-down menu, or click on "Create a New Program and Assign it to the Form Packet" to create a new program. Fill out the fields then click on "Save/Complete Registration"
  • On the next page, you can choose the General funding pathway, then click "Next"
  • Click to "Complete Registration"
  • The request status will show as pending 
  • The application will be attached to your program and available to be completed in e-CImpact within 1-2 business days 

 

 Agencies who have not used e-CImpact before
  • Click on the link under Apply to access e-CImpact
  • At the bottom of the page, click the button "Click here to Create a New e-CImpact Account"
  • Click "Next"
  • Complete all boxes that are required – indicated with an asterisk *
  • Click on the "Next" button. Please note: If you receive a blank page after clicking on next, it means that your agency already has a profile in e-CImpact. Please contact our e-CImpact Administrator for assistance
  • 21-22 Racial Equity Fund under UWCU Fund for Racial Equity will be selected
  • Click the "Continue" button
  • Answer the Racial Equity Agency Qualification questions
  • Click "Next"
  • Click "Complete Registration"
  • Click on "Create a New Program and Assign it to the Form Packet" to create a new program. Fill out the fields then click on "Save/Complete Registration"
  • On the next page, you can choose the General funding pathway, then click "Next"
  • Click to "Complete Registration"
  • The request status will show as pending
  • The application will be attached to your program and available to be completed in e-CImpact within 1-2 business days

 

Fund for Racial Equity FAQs

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  What do you mean by “Access to Educational Opportunity” and “Economic Mobility and Financial Stability?”

For the purposes of this grant and the General Fund applications:

  • Access to Educational Opportunity is an effort to invest in programs that address the achievement gap and improve educational outcomes for Black, Indigenous and students of color.  This includes a focus on interventions that support the success and completion of a high school diploma or GED and accessing and succeeding in higher education or vocational training programs that leads to self and/or family sustaining work. 
     
  • Economic Mobility and Financial Stability is an effort to support upstream interventions that improve the financial wellbeing of people and promote the financial capability of communities of color, which have been historically excluded by traditional financials.  Per United Way Worldwide, in order for people to achieve financial stability and subsequently improve their socio-economic status, they need the education and skills to get a good-paying job with the possibility for promotion; access to affordable financial products; and the knowledge, skills and supports to make choices that help them achieve their financial goals. 
  Can you explain your word choice of “Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color” and “Black and Brown Community members?”

The goal of this grant is to directly address racial disparities and promote racial equity in our communities. We tried to strike a balance between recognizing that language is limiting and it is important to be explicit.  So, while no words are perfect to ensure they resonate with every person this grant seeks to support, we worked with our partners to do our best to identify the words that would most resonate with those folks in the Dane County and Greater Milwaukee region.  

Questions?

Please contact our UW Credit Union Fund for Racial Equity team via email or by using the form below. 

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© 2021 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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