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FY2017 - Request for Proposals

United Way of the Wabash Valley unites people and resources to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.  We pursue this by convening the community to address key issues, collaborating to achieve a measurable impact, and connecting human and financial resources to improve lives.

In the Wabash Valley, some of the biggest challenges that children face originate with their preparation for school.  Less than 40% of children ages birth to 5 in Indiana are enrolled in a high quality child care or early education program.  In some counties, there are no high quality programs.  An estimated half of Hoosier children arrive in kindergarten lacking basic academic and behavioral skills.  It is important for children to enter school prepared to succeed in their educational progression.  United Way of the Wabash Valley (UWWV) invites applications from:

Licensed child care centers or homes participating in Paths to QUALITY in Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion or Vigo Counties in Indiana or ExceleRate Illinois in Clark Co Illinois;

Unlicensed registered ministries participating in or actively working towards Paths to QUALITY in Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion or Vigo Counties in Indiana or ExceleRate Illinois in Clark Co Illinois;

For more information on Paths to QUALITY, go to:
For more information on ExceleRate Illinois, go to:  

Participants must be actively working with a Paths to QUALITY coach at the time of application.

Click here to download the RFP instructions in pdf format.

Success By 6 Mini-Grant Guidelines & Application PDF Print E-mail

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Mini-Grant application for
Early Childhood Literacy Projects



Deadline is November 15, 2016

The goal of the Success By 6 Mini-Grant Program for Early Childhood Literacy Projects is to provide funding to early childhood educators and child care providers for the purpose of conducting a literacy experience that will nurture a love for reading and learning in young children (0 – 5) and their families.

Project applications will be reviewed and awarded by a panel of early childhood care givers and other professionals in the area of literacy. To qualify for review a program must meet these basic program objectives:

  1. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m., November 15, 2016
  2. The literacy event/experience must include activities that focus around a book(s).
  3. Each child is to receive a copy of a book related to the activity.
  4. Parent/family activities should be included in the project. The parent(s)/family may be included in the event, or at the very least the applicant needs to provide details of how they will encourage literacy activities to be extended at home.
  5. Detailed budget. Budget limitation based on number of children at the site (Do not include siblings or other children who may come to a family event.
    1. For sites with 6 – 12 children participating, the budget may not exceed $500.
    2. For sites with 13 – 18 children participating, the budget may not exceed $750
    3. For sites with more than 18 children participating, the budget may not exceed $1,000.

Eligibility is extended to the following programs within the UWWV service area of Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties in Indiana and Clark County in Illinois:

  • Licensed child care centers or homes that currently participate in Paths to QUALITY,
  • Unlicensed registered ministries participating in Paths to QUALITY or the Ministry Mentoring Project.
  • Pre-K programs associated with state accredited educational programs, and
  • UWWV supported early childhood programs.

Projects that have received funding in the past:

  • Activities focused around books about farm animals, a family literacy activity was held at a local farm.
  • Three family nights were planned over a four month period of time; each one focused on a different book and then the children and their parents completed a make-it-take-it activity. The kids received a new book at each event and the parents received a short list of additional activities they could do at home.
  • Developed take-home literacy kits built around the book Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. Each kit contained a copy of the book and all the materials needed to do four different literacy activities. These kits were distributed at a fun-filled family literacy night. Provider purchased four additional Pete the Cat books and created literacy kits for the site.


2016 Power of the Purse - October 26, 2016 PDF Print E-mail

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Success By 6 Professional Development Grants PDF Print E-mail


Early Education Professional Development Grant Reimbursement

All applications must be received by the 5th of the month to be considered for that month. Applications received after the 5th will be considered the following month.

To Apply, download the application here:
Success By Six Professional Development Grant Application.

You may submit the application by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
or by mail to
United Way of the Wabash Valley
100 S. 7th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47807





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