United Way of Berks County has established a pool of funding for LIVE UNITED Grants designed to invest in grass-roots, collaborative projects working to find innovative solutions for challenges within our neighborhoods and community. These are one-time grant opportunities available to local nonprofits providing health and human service programs and/or projects within Berks County.
“United Way meets our community’s key needs, and we’re pleased to have this opportunity to invest additional funds in Berks County. The grant opportunities will develop and strengthen partnerships, as well as help support pressing challenges,” says Tammy White, President, United Way of Berks County.
A summary of the grant opportunity follows, with full detail available at United Way’s website at www.uwberks.org. Applications will be accepted beginning July 24, 2018 through 4:00 PM on August 24, 2018. Notice of funding will be conveyed by October 1, 2018. Any nonprofit (501(c)(3) with a yearly budget below $250,000 providing health and human services to Berks County residents is eligible. Grants will be awarded through a competitive proposal process after evaluation by a panel of community volunteers and approved by the United Way Board of Directors.
LIVE UNITED Grants are available up to $5,000 and provided to grass-roots or community-based nonprofit organizations working on “great ideas” and creative projects connecting people through volunteer or community building efforts; mobilizing people and providing opportunities for improved neighborhoods and communities or uniting people as a community, yet celebrating our diversity. These grants are intended for organizations having limited access to traditional funding sources. The grants are especially intended for organizations that may have limited access to traditional sources of funding. Proposals may include one-time or ongoing events/projects that present the opportunity to make a big difference in one of the identified target areas using a small amount of funds.
• Grant ideas/projects must address one of the issue areas within one of the four focus areas identified by United Way as the building blocks necessary in creating a thriving community for people to live, work and raise families.
• Education: Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential – school readiness/success and youth development;
• Financial Stability: Promoting Self-Sufficiency and Independence – employment/job skills and personal financial management;
• Health: Improving People’s Health – mental health, health/wellness; self-sufficiency/independent living;
• Safety Net Services: Helping Vulnerable Populations Meet Basic Needs – basic needs.
Prior LIVE UNITED Grant recipients may submit an application; however, funds cannot be used in any way for the same program previously funded. These grants cannot be used for individual assistance, debt reduction, fundraising events, attendance at conferences, political events or events for religious purposes.
This is a one-time grant to be awarded by November 1, 2018. Funds must be spent within a 12 month period after the grant is awarded. A final report will be due at the end of the 12 month period. For any questions related to the LIVE UNITED Grant, contact Kristin Gehris at 610-685-4567 or [email protected]. For technical assistance on the software to submit grants, contact Jen Tinsman at 610-685-4576 or [email protected].