UI Benefit Access & Education Capacity Building Grant

Each year, thousands of Monterey County seasonal workers become unemployed as the peak tourism and harvesting season ends. While eligible to draw on unemployment insurance, many of these workers lack the English and/or technological proficiency to submit a benefits application.  As a result, seasonal workers must attempt to complete the application and recertification on their own, or pay a preparer to complete the forms for them, which often results in in delayed or denied benefits and decreases the overall financial stability within our community. Seasonal workers need a trusted source to educate them on how to apply for, and maintain their unemployment status for the months they are out of work.


In May 2016, the United Way Monterey County (UWMC) Board of Directors authorized the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to increase the financial stability of working families in Monterey County.  Grant funds would be used to increase the number of seasonal workers who access unemployment insurance benefits through application assistance and education between November 2016 and June 30, 2017.  Up to $5000 of funding will be granted to one (1) eligible organizations located in each of the four (4) regions of Monterey County. A total of four (4) grants may be made. The organizations selected will have demonstrated experience providing high quality and culturally competent services to achieve the following objectives: 

Assist recently unemployed seasonal workers to submit accurately completed unemployment insurance benefits

Assist unemployed seasonal workers approved to receive unemployment insurance benefits to maintain those benefits through successful submission of recertification

Increase the capacity of individual seasonal workers to submit future benefit applications independently

Attend training provided by Employment Development Department on UI benefits application filing and assistance for granted agencies and partners. 

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be classified as a private or public non-profit organization that qualifies for tax exemption under section 501 of IRS Code of 1986, including faith-based and community organizations.  Educational, government, for-profit and Section 501(c)(4) organizations are not eligible to apply.  An applicant that applies on behalf of a group of organizations is responsible for ensuring all participants within their collaborative adhere to grant requirements.  Lead applicants are responsible for ensuring collaborative members understand the role they play in delivering a successful program.  The lead applicant is the only organization that UWMC will release funds to if awarded.  After the award is made, an agreement (contract or memorandum of understanding) is required between the grant recipient and its collaborative members (sub-recipients) to ensure adherence to program guidelines, that monies are expended on approved purposes and that appropriate documentation (programmatic and financial) is maintained.

The below timeline outlines key dates and activities related to this RFP:  

  • Application Period: October 18, 2016 -November 4, 2016
  • Last Day to Submit Questions (phone or email): October 31, 2016 
  • Proposals Due: November 4, 2016
  • Review and Evaluation: November 7, 2016 - November 10, 2016
  • Notification of selection/non-selection: November 14, 2016 (expected)
  • Project Start/End Dates: November 15, 2016 – June 30, 2017

Proposals will only be accepted via email to Yuri Anderson, Vice President, Community Investments at  yuri.anderson@unitedwaymcca.org.