UWGL's New RFP Process Poised to Close Gaps Along the Cradle to Career Continuum

United Way of Greater Lafayette (UWGL) introduced a targeted request for proposal (RFP) opportunity. The RFP will award funding to qualified agencies. UWGL has selected the following strategic areas: mental health, substance abuse, middle school and high school/older youth development. Agencies interested in receiving program funding must complete and submit a one-page request for information no later than June 1st, 2018. Existing funded partners, must have a new or expanding program in the targeted areas mentioned in order to be eligible.

“We are hopeful that this new opportunity will allow for innovative solutions from our current funded partners,” said Jennifer Million, Director of Finance and Operations at UWGL. “And also open up possibilities for new partners to expand our impact in the community.”

In 2016, most of the UWGL staff were trained on the Harwood model of “turning outward” through the Hardwood Instruction.  United Way of Greater Lafayette CEO Michael Budd expanded on why the Harwood Institute Model was chosen:  “Our goal in using The Harwood Institute Model was to gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges that face our community.  It is our long-term goal to continue to improve lives in our community along a Cradle to Career Continuum, while also seeking innovative solutions to pressing challenges facing our community.”

The United Way wishes to establish or expand services that connect individuals in need of mental health services or aid in identifying those that are in need of services or treatment. Substance abuse is another identified gap within Greater Lafayette where United Way is looking to support initiatives that provide preventative measures, treatment expansion or assisting in long-term recovery for those suffering from substance abuse.

Lastly, the United Way is looking for programs to address middle school and high school development of our youth with a primary focus on career exploration and educational pathways.  The goal is to help middle schoolers transition into high school and college graduates with the knowledge, curiosity and skills to enter the job market.

United Way’s strategic goal is for each resident of Tippecanoe County to lead a successful life. Each individual comes from different walks of life and the path is much different from person to person.  United Way is committed to helping everyone achieve their goals by aligning resources to fuel success from cradle to career.

Click here to learn more about the RFP process. Full applications are due to Jennifer Million on August 3rd, 2018. Agencies chosen for full-program funding will be announced in December 2018 with full funding to commence in January 2019.