2017-2018 Basic Needs Grant Program


UWPV is seeking proposals for its 2017-2018 Basic Needs Grant Program. These grants will support programs and services that provide temporary, short-term food, shelter, and heating assistance to stabilize those individuals and families faced with an emergency due to loss of employment, housing, natural disaster, domestic violence, etc. Organizations should not approach this application with the expectation of ongoing annual operating support.

Grants will be awarded for a period of 12 months from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

The purpose of the Basic Needs Grant Program is to support and sustain strong communities in Hampden County, South Hadley, and Granby, Massachusetts.

To apply for the Basic Needs Request for Funding (RFF) click here.  This link will be open from February 21 and be due March 10 at 4:30pm.  

To regain access to an application that is “in process” click here


February 21, 2017                  RFF application available online (apply here)

February 21, 2017                  9:30-10:30 a.m. or February 23, 1:30 -2:30 p.m.   Information Sessions for Applicants United Way of Pioneer Valley, 1441 Main St. (in the TD Bank Conference Center)

March 10, 2017                      Completed RFF due – must be submitted online by 4:30 p.m.

March 14 – April 14               Review of RFF

April 28                                   Funding recommendations made to United Way’s Community Impact Committee from the 2017 Basic Needs Grant Review Team

May 17                                     Recommendations for funding presented to the UWPV Board of Directors for final approval

May 30                                    Notify Agencies of funding decisions

June 16                                    Obtain proper documentation and signed Memorandum of Understanding by each respective agency (approved for funding)


  • Date: February 21 9:30-10:30 a.m. or February 22, 1:30 -2:30 p.m.   (agencies only need to send a representative to one of the sessions)
  • Location:  United Way of Pioneer Valley, 1441 Main St. (in the TD Bank Conference Center)

If you have questions, please contact LaTonia Monroe Naylor at grants@uwpv.org or 413-693-0215 or Jennifer Kinsman at jkinsman@uwpv.org or 413-693-0212.

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