UNPA’s Request for Professional Grant Funding Search Services

The University Neighborhood Preservation Association [UNPA] is seeking services to identify funding sources to support its current and potential new programs.

UNPA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization incorporated in 1990 that primarily assists families and individuals purchasing homes in a designated target area. Its mission is to promote owner-occupancy in the neighborhood east of the Syracuse University campus; provide homebuyers grants, low-interest home improvement loans, and other incentives; market the University Neighborhood as a good place to live; and partner with municipal agencies, Syracuse University, and other neighborhood organizations to do so.

Funding to support these efforts comes almost exclusively from a single municipal grant program and has ranged from $145,000 to $150,000 annually over the life of the organization. The 2020-2021 budget includes $120,000 for program operations as well as $30,600 for staff/administration. UNPA is committed to continuing program operations at or above these levels and is also exploring new initiatives that would require similar financial support.

To that end, UNPA is requesting services to research and identify local, regional, and national grant funding sources appropriate to its mission and programs, including but not limited to those offered by private, NGO, and government entities. Specifically, UNPA seeks a highly annotated list of grant sources that prioritize those for which UNPA would be an eligible, competitive applicant. Additionally, a similar accounting of all sources examined during the research will be provided to UNPA for its record.

UNPA has allotted $5,000 for this project and anticipates it will begin April 2021, to be conducted over no more than 6 months, resulting in the identification of at least 3 grant sources totaling $100,000 or more, and include at least 2 interim or progress submissions.

Parties interested in submitting a proposal should include the research strategy for this project, recent and/or relevant experience, and at least three references. These materials should be sent to Maribel Arce, UNPA Executive Director at director@unpa.net by March 12, 2021.