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Logic Model

Logic Model Help Page

United Way has developed this page to provide technical assistance to programs submitting grant proposals, particularly small and grassroots organizations who may not have experience creating a logic model in the past. These guidelines may also be useful for pograms and agencies who have not previously applied for United Way funding, or for agencies that plan to create a new program with United Way funding. Particularly if your program is outcomes-focused, it can help clarify the way in which you describe and understand your program.

Logic Model

For certain grants, we request programs to submit a logic model to the funding review team, but we do not have a set format in which we require this information. If your program already has a logic model, stop here and submit that with your grant proposal - there is no need to create new work for yourself! If your program is starting from scratch, you can download a fillable pdf by clicking here.

Top Box - Program Name and Request Amount

Program Name refers to the program for which you are seeking funding.

Request Amount is the amount you are requesting from United Way. It is an annual amount.

Main Body of Logic Model

Inputs includes the resources the agency provides to make a program happen - funding, staff, and materials

Activities is a list of activites that happen in order to make a program happen - classes, mentoring, education, vaccinations, transportation, staff training, etc.

Bottom Boxes - Assumptions and External Factors

Assumptions: Many projects or initiatives make assumptions about the people they intend to reach, the quality and/or intensity of the services offered, and/or the environment in which the program operates. It is important to be explicity about the assumptions that the program makes, since many programs succeed or fail based on whether the assumptions are realistic. 

External Factors: Programs do not occur in a vaccuum. Many factors over which you have little or no control may affect your program's outcomes. These external factors - such as the political and economic landscape, social influences, and even weather - can help or hinder a program's succcess. Changes in any of these contextual factors may require program adjustments.