Immediate Needs

Because of YOU… (2010-2013)

  • More than 167,000 Individuals have been connected to 2-1-1, providing critical services 24/7 to those in need
  • More than 1,095,000 immediate needs services were provided including shelter, meals and food for those in need

United Way of Southern Nevada Announces “Immediate Needs” Grants for 2013

General Information and Instructions

United Way of Southern Nevada’s Immediate Needs funding is part of United Way’s overall Community-based Agenda, which is focused on improving the education, income and health of people in southern Nevada. Through the committed “Immediate Needs” funding strategy, United Way’s goal is to reframe how the system operates to insure lasting change. Funding allocations are intended to focus on the effective delivery of services.

United Way of Southern Nevada proudly announces the availability of grant funds for the 2013 calendar year.

General Eligibility

Applicants for funding must be UWSN accredited agency partners in good standing. All agencies applying for funding are required to have current fiscal year audits and IRS 990s on file with UWSN as required by the signed Annual Affiliation Agreement.

Activities Supported by the Grant Program

For the 2013 grant funding period, RFPs will only be accepted for existing programs or services in the following areas:

1. Nutrition Assistance

  • Bulk Food/Pantry services
  • Food Services

2. Housing Assistance

  • Assistance with past due rent or mortgage. Only one time assistance per calendar year.
  • Assistance with payment of NV Energy or SW Gas bills. Only one month of assistance per household per calendar year.

No administrative costs can be utilized from this funding. These dollars must be used to provide direct assistance for the client, including expenses directly related to provision of services (not to exceed 35% of total grant award).

Funding will not be awarded for new agency programs.

Application Review Criteria

The grant review committee will use the following criteria to assess applications:

  • Application Content – clear, specific and persuasive
  • Description of Need – demonstrated understanding of the target population and how current community needs in the area of essential services.
  • Project Plan – precise, achievable and logically leads to attainment of results/outcomes; creative yet practical methodology
  • Organizational Health– strong track record of past successes; mission and vision clearly articulated; board and staff are engaged and effective; organization collaborates with others
  • Financial Health – We are requesting a three (3) year budget history, along with current program budget, to review the viability of this specific program being submitted by the agency.
  • Evaluation – outcome measures are appropriate and well defined

Grant Approval and Distribution of Grant Funds

A group of volunteers from our community have been recruited to serve on our Immediate Needs Council to review all applications, and then make recommendations for funding. The Board will review and approve the recommendations of the Immediate Needs Council.

Agency Grantee Listing  (Jan.1 – Dec 31, 2013)

Agency Use(s)
American Red Cross Disaster Services- Food Pantry
Boy Scouts Scouting for Food
Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas Family Resource Center- Utility assistance
Catholic Charities Social Services-Food Pantry
Catholic Charities Meals on Wheels/Lied Dining Room
Emergency Aid of Boulder City Homeless Prevention Program- rent assistance
HELP of Southern Nevada Emergency Resource Services- food vouchers
HELP of Southern Nevada Shannon West Youth Shelter-Congregate Meals
HELP of Southern Nevada Emergency Resource Services- rent/utilities assistance
Lutheran Social Services Temporary Financial Assistance -rent
Safe Nest Congregate Meals
Salvation Army Family Services Program- Food Pantry
Shade Tree Hope for the Hungry- Congregate Meals
Variety Early Learning Center Nutrition Assistance- Food Pantry
Women’s Development Center Food Pantry- bulk food

Immediate Needs funding for 2012 -2013 is now complete. 2014 Immediate needs grant RFP will be released Fall 2013.

Document Icon RFP – Cover Page 2013
Document Icon  RFP – Immediate Needs 2013


Help for Tough Times

UWSN in partnership with the United Labor Agency of Nevada, AFL-CIO Community Services published in 2009 “Help for Tough Times,” a complete guide to unemployment, health care, legal assistance and other basic needs. Available in English and in Spanish, this guide helps individuals and families navigate the resources available in our community.

To find the most current contact information on the agencies in this guide or on our Immediate Needs agencies, contact the Nevada 2-1-1 line at 1-800-429-2669 where you will be connected to an operator who can assess your need and provide referrals to local agencies.

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UWSN Receives $50,000 Check to Help Rebuild Lives and Communities in the Philippines

United Way of Southern Nevada received a $50,000 check from Diamond Resorts International® (Diamond) to aid in recovery after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Dispersed to American Red Cross, these funds will help the victims of what has been called one of the strongest storms in world history to rebuild their lives.

Diamond is strongly committed to social responsibility both locally and abroad. With employees that have family and friends in the stricken country, Diamond contributed this gift to help rebuild communities and provide relief for families who have been affected by this devastating storm.

“We partner with United Way in our local Workplace Campaign, which gives our employees an opportunity to join together to create a better future for southern Nevada,” said Keri Serrano, Director – HR Operations, Diamond Resorts International®. “We value our partnership with United Way and know they will disperse these funds in a trustworthy manner to help rebuild lives in the Philippines.”

“This gift from Diamond Resorts International® shows their dedication to alleviate human suffering wherever it may be,” said Scott Emerson, CEO of the local American Red Cross.  “It also demonstrates their commitment to members of our community who have family in the devastated region.  We are honored to be the conduit to translate their caring and compassion into action.”

Please call United Way at 702-892-2300 for more information.