United Way to issue Basic Needs Request for Proposals (RFP)

United Way of Greater Topeka to issue
Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for 2017 Basic Needs Grant

September 16, 2016, TOPEKA, KANS.—Charitable organizations interested in receiving a United Way of Greater Topeka (UWGT) grant for Basic Needs Assistance should plan to attend an information meeting on October 21 at the Shawnee County Health Department. United Way will be releasing the 2017 Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide grants for assistance in the basic needs categories of food, rent and utilities assistance, access to health care and prescription assistance and safety from domestic violence.

United Way of Greater Topeka continues to support basic needs assistance in the community while pursuing long-term sustainable change in the areas of education, health and financial stability. For more information about United Way’s work in Basic Needs, please visit https://www.unitedwaytopeka.org/ci/basic/

The RFP process is open to eligible charitable organizations as designated by IRS Code 170 that provide services in Shawnee and Jefferson counties (contact United Way for specific details).space

Information Meeting

The information meeting will be Thursday, October 13, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Shawnee County Health Department Auditorium, 2600 SW East Circle Drive, in Topeka. UWGT staff will review the RFP, answer questions and explain the online application system and process (e-CImpact). To ensure adequate materials are available, please RSVP for the information meeting by e-mailing Katie Sullivan at KSullivan

Schedule: 1:00 – 1:30 Basic Needs RFP Specifics

1:30 – 2:30 e-CImpact Training

Online Proposal Process

Requests for Proposals will be available to organizations via the e-CImpact online community investment management system at the end of the day on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

New Applicants: New applicants must sign-up for an account in the e-CImpact online community investment system. Go to https://agency.e-cimpact.com/login.aspx?org=18530F and click on the “Click here to create a new account” green button and follow the steps from there. UWGT strongly encourages new applicants to attend the October 13 information meeting.

Existing/Previous Applicants:

The launch page for e-CImpact is: https://www.unitedwaytopeka.org/work/e-cimpact/. Click on the link for the agency log-in and save that link in favorites.

Agency representatives should check contact information and update the staff contacts in the profile. Agencies are responsible for keeping this information up to date. UWGT will use this system to alert agencies to community investment grant details and timelines (when reporting opens, deadlines, etc.). Please delete accounts for staff who have left the organization and add new accounts for those who need access to reporting. Please confirm that the appropriate staff person is identified as the primary contact.

For questions about the 2017 Basic Needs RFP or application process, please contact:

Katie Sullivan, Director of Community Impact


785-273-4804 x121

Visit United Way of Greater Topeka for information and details anytime at www.unitedwaytopeka.org.


United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits to create positive sustainable change in our community. By focusing on education, income and health, we help more children graduate and get stable jobs, help families become financially stable and improve the overall health of our community. United Way remains dedicated to Basic Needs including food, rent and utilities, health and prescription access and safety from domestic violence.

For more than 80 years United Way of Greater Topeka has been improving and changing lives. Since 1980, United Way has invested more than $110 million into the community.


Basic Needs News Release Fall 2016.pdf