Meeting Basic Needs: Benton 2017 Cycle

Lincoln County Partners: Find more info about the 2017 cycle here.

Benton County Partners:

The Meeting Basic Needs Fund will consider applications for emergency and/or transitional services. Prevention-based services are not eligible. Funding for the Meeting Basic Needs cycle is provided by two funders: City of Corvallis' Social Service Fund and United Way. Only one application is required.


The 2017 Basic Needs funding cycle will contain the following components: 

  - Site Visit(s) --schedule <HERE>

  - An application--instructions for Benton Partners <HERE>

  - An evaluation period

  - Process timeline <HERE>



The Basic Needs cycle aligns with the City of Corvallis’ priorities for the Social Service Fund—funding only emergency and transitional services, with the following restrictions: 

  - City of Corvallis Social Service Funds = service provided to residents within Corvallis City limits

  - United Way funding = service provided to residents within Benton County

To download Council Policy CP 00-6.05 (see section 6.05.050)
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Food & Nutrition:Programs dealing primarily with hunger relief, nutrition, and food insecurity issues for any population.
Children, Youth & Families: Programs that support family stability, including child care, after-school care, parenting support, income supports, youth skill building, youth advocacy, and other services that help youth and families remain stable and avoid crisis.**
Homelessness, Chronic:Programs providing shelter, temporary housing, and/or other services for chronically homeless persons.**

Homelessness, Situational/Transitional: Programs providing shelter, temporary housing, and/or other services for situationally or temporarily homeless persons.**

Health & Safety: Programs addressing physical, mental, social, and/or emotional health, and programs offering services for victims of violence or abuse.** 

** Not food

 2017 BN Process Timeline--Benton:

October 24, 2016 - 2017 Meeting Basic Needs Orientation - 4:00 pm at United Way office

October 2016 - March 2017 Agency Site Visits (Site Visits will not be scheduled in December) 


March 6, 2017: AGENCY APP LAB 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm (by appointment only)

March 8, 2017: AGENCY APP LAB 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (by appointment only)

March 23, 2017: GRANT APPLICATIONS DUE @ 12 noon

Allocation Meetings: March / April 2017

Funding Recommendations to Approving Body: 

May 15, 2017: Corvallis City Council
June 27, 2017: United Way Board of Directors


January 18, 2018: Agency Six-month (interim) Reports due
February 12, 2018: Community Impact Committee review
March 5, 2018: Corvallis City Council Review

July 19, 2018: Agency Twelve-month (year-end) Reports due
September 10, 2018: Community Impact Committee review
September 4, 2018: Corvallis City Council Review


Application Information

City of Corvallis Social Service Fund
United Way Direct Impact Funding


Application packets for the 2017 Basic Needs cycle will be available after February 16, 2017*, and will be for grants funded July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018.

Applications may be submitted for programs which have been approved by the Community Impact Committee. Additional program applications will not be considered.

Funding Priorities

As outlined above, funding priorities align with Council Policy for the City of Corvallis' Social Service Fund (SSF)--funding only emergency and transitional services. Applications for prevention-based services will not be considered in this cycle.
  -  City SSF awards are restricted to service provided to residents within Corvallis city limits.
  -  United Way awards are restricted to service provided to residents within Benton County.

Requirements and Documentation

Completed application materials are due Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm.

If applying for funding for the first time, submit a completed Non-Discrimination Policy.


Funding Limitations and Ineligible Activities

General Eligibility Criteria (the following must be satisfied):

Applications not meeting these conditions will not be considered.

  • Provide a service meeting the Meeting Basic Needs funding priorities
  • Provide service to Benton County residents (United Way) or City of Corvallis residents (City SSF) when using the requested funding
  • Meet Federal 501(c)3 non-profit requirements or be a collaboration of non-profit 501(c)3 and governmental/quasi-governmental organizations
  • Have a Volunteer Board of Directors, By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation
  • Have financial statements, and audit or financial review, prepared and/or reviewed by an independent accounting professional
  • Be non-political: defined as no organization structured as political parties, campaigns, PACs (issue-oriented or candidate-oriented), or lobbying
  • Be non-religious: defined as no program or service with a religious or doctrinal orientation
  • Agree to and sign United Way of Benton & Lincoln Counties’ non-discrimination policy


Activities not eligible for funding:

  • Prevention services
  • Capital campaigns
  • Capital expenditures exceeding $1,000 or capital items under $1,000 unrelated to program/service
  • Political campaigns, PACS, candidates, or support thereof
  • Any program or service that promotes religious or political beliefs
  • Sponsorship of one-time events or performances
  • Purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decisions
  • Deficit funding, including loan repayment
  • Lobbying to influence legislation
  • Scientific research
  • Endowments


* Application materials will not be released early.