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Basic Needs Grant

Basic Needs Mini Gap Grant

Applications Open: September 28, 2020-November 6, 2020.
All applications must be submitted online at eCImpact

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Basic Needs grants are meant to provide immediate, short-term assistance to help people stabilize a financial or health crisis to prevent homelessness, utility shut-offs, and/or the use of pay day lenders. Our goal is that all Douglas County community members will have equitable access to a strong safety net of support in times of crisis.

Funds will be invested in grassroots and/or 501(c)(3) charitable organizations whose work centers and benefits people with low incomes in Douglas County, KS. Priority will be given to organizations with a theory of change rooted in the intersection of poverty and racism as overlapping threats to the common good.

Applicants may be selected to receive between $1,000 and $10,000 in funding. The requests may include up to 18% overhead expenses. Funding begins January 2021. The spending period is Jan.1-June 30, 2021. 

Households at or below 150% the Federal Poverty Level living in Douglas County, KS.

The highest funding priority will be given to programs that:

• Prioritizes services for families with young children
• Prioritizes services for those experiencing the greatest disparities
• Utilizes a “no barrier” or “low barrier” service model
• Equitably serves rural areas of the County

Basic needs grants are meant to fund intervention-related activities that address short-term client needs (as opposed to the Community Impact long-term prevention-related strategies). The eligible activity categories for funding are

Food: Increase food security & access to healthy food
Shelter: Increase access to safe & affordable housing
Healthcare: Increase access to integrated healthcare
Employment Supports: Increase access to essential supports for employment, including transportation and childcare assistance

For more information about specific eligibility criteria, investment goals, and the application process, please download the RFP Manual;


All applications and must be submitted online through E-CImpact.

  • Current United Way Community Impact Partners may log in to E-CImpact using their normal credentials.
  • New agencies must create an account using the "New to E-CImpact" link at the bottom of the home page. New organizations will be asked pre-qualification questions, and if eligible, will be able to create an E-CImpact account and submit the proposal.

    Instructions on registering a new agency and submitting a grant application through E-CImpact can be found in the Agency Site Manual. You may download the manual by clicking hereor on the image below.

    Applications are due November 6, 2020


    For more information:

    Lea Roselyn, VP Community Impact