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United Way Nonprofit Funding Deadline May 19, 2014

United WayUnited Way of Lamar County is beginning a new cycle of funding.  Interested nonprofit agencies working in the areas of education, income, and health were invited to submit a letter of intent.  These letters were reviewed and the nonprofit agencies best meeting the United Way funding priorities have been invited to submit a full 2015 Community Investment Grant application.

Nonprofits who have been selected as finalists will work to make sustainable change in one of the following priority areas:

Education – Description:  Helping Children and Youth Achieve their Potential

Priority Outcomes:

  • Children enter school developmentally on track in terms of literacy and social, emotional and intellectual skills.
  • Third Graders read at grade-level proficiency.
  • Young people graduate from high school.
  • Youth develop academic, life and work skills to help them make a successful transition from high school to adulthood.

Income – Description:  Helping families become financially stable and independent, while ensuring that basic needs are met.

Priority Outcomes:

  • Families have support for basic needs, including shelter and food.
  • Youth and adults develop financial literacy skills.
  • Lower-income families move toward financial stability.
  • Community members have resources to overcome disasters and emotional or financial crisis.

Health – Description:  Improving people’s health.

Priority Outcomes:

  • Community members have access to healthier foods.
  • Children and adults decrease overweight and obesity and associated chronic diseases.
  • Community members have access to basic and preventative health services.
  • Youth and adults are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.
  • Seniors and people with disabilities maximize their self-sufficiency.

The United Way Citizen’s Review Panel, made up of local volunteers, will evaluate each of the agencies applying against key financial standards; alignment with the strategies and goals for Education, Income and Health; ability to show measureable results; and the resources it takes to obtain those results.  This assessment uses a consistent and standardized tool and includes reviews of written proposals, a face-to-face interview, and site visit of the applicants.

“This is the most exciting part of our work,” said April Carl, Executive Director of United Way of Lamar County, “We have had great partnerships and success this past year and I look forward to new ideas and approaches as we look to the future.”

For additional information, or to learn more about United Way of Lamar County, visit www.LamarCountyUW.org, or contact April Carl at 903-784-6642.

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