Grant Application

Marion-area non-profit organizations may apply for Pay It Forward grant funds by completing the application below. Please provide as much detail as possible about your organization and its community impact. The application is best viewed and completed in these browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge

You will receive an email confirmation at the email address you provided which will include your responses to the application.

If you are not able to complete the entire application in one session, please follow the instructions on the previous Application Portal page for registering as a user and saving your progress BEFORE you begin to fill out the form. Please note: You DO NOT HAVE to register and login to complete and submit the form in one session!

For technical assistance with the form, please email

The Five Conditions of Collective Impact
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What is RBA?

Basic RBA Principles
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RBA is Results-Based Accountability. RBA uses a data-driven, decision-making process to help communities and organizations get beyond talking about problems to taking action to solve problems. It is a simple, common sense framework that everyone can understand. RBA starts with ends and works backward, towards means. The “end” or difference you are trying to make looks slightly different if you are working on a broad community level or are focusing on your specific program or organization.

United Way of North Central Ohio is committed to using RBA and collective impact throughout our funding process. Please use the resources below as needed while completing the application.

RBA Definitions.
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RBA Glossary

RESULT. Results are conditions of well-being for entire populations – children, adults, families or communities – stated in plain language.

INDICATOR. Indicators are measures that help quantify the achievement of a population result. They answer the question “How would we recognize these results in measurable terms if we fell over them.” Indicators refer only to whole populations, not programs.

PROGRAM. A program, agency, or service system responsible for helping reach the stated RESULTS. Programs are not themselves STRATEGIES; they are expressions of strategies.

PERFORMANCE MEASURE. Performance Measures are measures of how well public and private programs and agencies are working. The most important performance measures tell us whether the clients or customers of the service are better off. Performance Measure can apply to entire agencies, service delivery systems, or individual programs.

CURRENT VALUE. The current level of achievement for an Indicator or Performance Measure at a point in time.

TARGET VALUE. A desired level of achievement for an Indicator or Performance Measure.

Selecting Performance Measures
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Accountability: The Whole vs. the Parts
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Turn the Curve Thinking
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United Way of NCO Results & Indicators

RESULT: All residents in north central Ohio live in vibrant neighborhoods.


    • % of residents with gross rent payments higher than 30% of household income
    • % of residents with gross mortgage payments higher than 30% of household income
    • % of occupied housing units

RESULT: All children in north central Ohio will achieve their full potential.


    • % of students reading at proficiency by 4th grade
    • % of students who receive a high school diploma in 4 years
    • % of students who demonstrate kindergarten readiness
    • % of preschoolers with access to accredited early childhood programs

RESULT: All children and adults in north central Ohio are mentally and physically healthy.


    • % of people with access to mental health services
    • Rate of abused and neglected children
    • % of food insecure individuals
    • Suicide rate

RESULT: All residents in north central Ohio are able to meet their financial needs.


    • % of households with incomes greater than 200% of the poverty rate
    • Rate of unemployment
    • % of 16 to 23 year olds not working or in school (disconnected youth)
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Special thanks to our UWNCO Bold Goal Champions.