2022 ALICE Fund RFP

Aloha United Way (AUW) and the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation (HCF) are committed to finding solutions that lead to a more equitable Hawai‘i. Joining together in a new partnership, the organizations will administer the 2022 - 2024 ALICE Collective Impact Initiative and each contribute $750,000 per year over the next three years to the ALICE Fund.  Agencies may begin applying for funds on January 11th, below.

PARTNERSHIP

The goal of the initiative is to support the upward economic mobility of Hawai‘i’s ALICE population. ALICE is an acronym for: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. According to recent estimates, by the end of 2020 the percentage of ALICE Households in Hawai‘i had grown from 42% to 59%.
 
The initiative offers support over three years to nonprofit organizations based on O‘ahu that are engaged in the ALICE impact areas of Financial Stability and Savings and/or Safe and Affordable Housing. To maximize the reach and impact of the ALICE initiative and the people who will benefit, AUW and HCF will partner on program strategy and jointly review proposals by nonprofits. 

PROCESS

The Aloha United Way (“AUW”) and the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (“HCF”) will review all applications and administer the funds jointly for the next 3 years. AUW will administer the application process and distribution of grant awards through the AUW ALICE Fund. As partners, both organizations will review and select the cohort of Initiative grantees and collaborate to achieve the targeted impact over the 3-year period.
 
The goal of the 2022-2024 ALICE Collective Impact Initiative (“Initiative”) is to support upward economic mobility for ALICE. The initiative will focus on improving systemic economic inequities in Hawai‘i by investing in programs working with ALICE households or organizing the voice of ALICE to change the public narrative around the economic reality for Hawaii’s families and the growing wealth gap. The initiative will operate through a Collective Impact framework and award $1.5 million per year from the AUW ALICE Fund over a 3-year period to nonprofit organizations based on O‘ahu. We are seeking proposals from nonprofit organizations engaged in the ALICE impact areas of Financial Stability & Savings and/or Safe & Affordable Housing. 

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for funding under this RFP:
  • Applicant must be a non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and a current AUW Partner Agency.
  • Applicant must currently provide community-based programs or services for ALICE and/or conduct policy and advocacy activities that improve the economic conditions for ALICE.
  • Applicant’s services must be based on O‘ahu, but may also serve other islands.
  • Applicant’s programs, services, or advocacy work must directly address the ALICE Impact Areas of Financial Stability & Savings and/or Safe & Affordable Housing.
  • Applicant must have a history of successful programmatic implementation and experienced personnel. Funding will not be provided for start-up organizations.
  • Applicant must not have any outstanding final reports due to AUW or HCF.

EXPECTATIONS

Selected grantees are required to do the following:
  • Conduct programs or services and/or policy and advocacy work that directly aligns with the ALICE Impact Area of Financial Stability & Savings and Safe & Affordable Housing.
  • Participate in regular work groups of the ALICE grantee cohort to advance the collective goals of the cohort related to Financial Stability & Savings and Safe & Affordable Housing. Convenings can consist of virtual and in-person sessions (when health and safety measures allow), training, and learning sessions.
  • At least 2 grantee staff participate in the Initiative’s work groups, including a staff person in a leadership role within the organization.
  • Participate in peer learning with other grantees to identify other collective impact measures to advance ALICE goals and objectives.
  • Applicant must demonstrate a commitment to Collective Impact work through regular work group participation in the ALICE Collaborative.
  • Submit 6-month progress reports through AUW’s e-Cimpact Portal.
  • Participate in evaluation of the Initiative by working directly with the external program evaluator hired by HCF. Work with any other consultants contracted by HCF or AUW to support the ALICE Initiative.

AWARD RANGE & TIMELINE

  • All grant awards under this RFP are contingent on availability of annual funding from AUW and HCF.
  • A total of $1.5 million per year is available for grant funding through the AUW ALICE Fund.
  • Grants will be awarded for a three-year (3) period with annual grants generally ranging from $50,000 to $150,000.
  • Grant funding should be used to support programmatic work supporting the ALICE Initiative.
  • If awarded, grantees should expect to receive grant payments every 6-months dependent on submission of required 6-month progress reports and continuous participation in the Initiative’s activities and advancement of goals.
  • Completed proposals must be submitted to AUW by 4 p.m. on February 15, 2022. 
  • Funding decisions will be made by the end of March 2022 for grants to start in April 2022.

CRITERIA FOR REVIEW

  • Organizations that provide impactful programs and services and/or conduct policy and advocacy activities that help improve life for ALICE households. The Initiative seeks to fund those organizations that have direct reach of ALICE households on O‘ahu, and/or advocates for policies that serve all ALICE households.
  • Organizations that serve vulnerable populations within ALICE and can articulate how they are addressing the inequities faced by these populations.
  • Organizations that are using innovative approaches and effective strategies with demonstrable impact to improve conditions for ALICE.
  • Organizations that demonstrate a strong collaborative approach to programmatic activities and partnership to maximize impact on ALICE Households.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

The ALICE 2022-2024 RFP will be made available on January 11 at 9:00 A.M. and can be accessed for all eligible AUW partners at e-CImpact. Applications will close on February 15 at 4:00 P.M. If your agency needs e-CImpact tech support, please contact vwilson@auw.org. You may also access information to create an account here
 

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION 

Interested non-profit partners may register for a special info-session on Friday, January 21, 2022. Registration for this info-session will close at 4 p.m. on January 19, 2022. A recording of this session will be available for viewing later and an FAQ will be posted here, as well. 
 
If you would like to submit a question, please contact HCF Program Director Larissa Kick or AUW Vice President of Community Impact, Lisa Kimura