Letter of Intent


Community Investment Grant Request for Proposals

Instructions: All NEW organizations/programs that are interested in applying for Community Investment Grants are required to submit a Letter of Intent.  

Please complete every section below with the appropriate information as requested. LOI must be submitted no later than 5:00PM December 23, 2019

Our Mission

The United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County is working to better the lives of our neighbors.

With the Community as our partners, we fight poverty, we invest in education and work to improve the health in our community.


Community Investment Grant

United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County (UWMSJC) recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. We invite those agencies with programming supporting our three part focus of Education, Income and Health and meeting the stated requirements below to apply for grant funding.



Agencies not currently affiliated with the UWMSJC that wish to apply should write a letter of interest that includes the nature of their program(s) seeking consideration. The letter should be received no later than December 23, 2019, if they wish to be considered for inclusion in the 2020-21 Community Investment Grant Forum.


Funding Cycle

Our funding cycle begins July and will conclude June.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

The United Way concept is based on an expectation that desirable community needs/services for the zip codes 77619, 77627, 77640, 77641, 77642, 77643, 77651, 77655 (Groves, Nederland, Port Arthur, Port Neches, and Sabine Pass) which cannot be totally funded from other sources may be funded by the United Way. 

Applications will be reviewed only if the packet submitted is completed and all requested documentation is included at time of submission.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the committee.

Eligibility Requirements

1.      An active local or regional governing board (primarily residing in Jefferson County) of adequate size, background, and diversity to represent the community, serving without compensation, holding regular, documented meetings (at least quarterly) and demonstrating effective administrative control.

2.      Clearly stated, measurable objectives for each program seeking Community Investment Funds.

3.      A program that addresses a clearly demonstrated community need in reference to at least one of the three areas of United Way focus of Education, Income and Health.

4.      A satisfactory past record of providing community services demonstrated by

a.       two years of service utilized by the community as evidenced by service utilization figures;

b.      individual program financing during this time period from several sources (including at least one that is inherent to the community.)

5.      A categorized operating budget system which

a.       translates program plans into financial terms;

b.      uses proper financial accounting procedures;

c.       regular annual financial reviews/audits, as outlined in the Annual Financial Reporting Policy of the UWMSJC, showing all income and disbursements in reasonable detail prepared by an independent Certified Public Accountant.

6.      Evidence of consultation and cooperation with established, related agencies to prevent duplication of effort and achieve efficiency and economy of operation.

7.      Programs available to citizens of the community without regard to race, religion, national origin, or political creed;

8.      Incorporated, non-profit corporation status under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue code.

9.      Demonstrated compliance with all applicable statutes and licensing, accreditation, and governmental code requirements.




The United Way MSJC invest in three focus areas or community impact; Education, Income & Health. We recognize these three areas to be the building blocks of a good quality of life.