Additional United Way grant workshop planned Wednesday
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An additional workshop for organizations seeking a United Way Health Endowment Fund grant has been scheduled for this week.

The workshop will be held at the Cleveland Public Library on Wednesday, May 15, and will begin at 10 a.m. It should last no longer than one hour.

Three other workshops have been held for potential grant applicants the past two months. Each was well attended, according to Lisa Mantooth, United Way director of Partner Relations.

“We have had requests to have one more workshop by those who were unable to fit any of the three previous workshops into their schedule,” Mantooth said. “With this final workshop being scheduled for Wednesday, we feel that we have given those interested ample opportunities to attend.”

The grants are for the 2014 calendar year, and are only available to organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation.

This will be the sixth year that these grants will be provided by United Way. The grants have been made possible from the 2005 sale of Bradley Memorial Hospital. Over $2 million in grants have been distributed to local nonprofit organizations through the United Way Health Endowment Fund since 2007.

Mantooth reminded those interested in applying for a United Way Health Endowment Grant that a representative of their organization must attend one of these workshops.

Types of grants to be discussed at the workshops are Pioneer grants and Venture grants.

Venture grants are one-year grants with no possibility for renewal, while Pioneer grants are made in 5-year cycles, meaning the United Way will commit to fund the project in decreasing amounts for up to five years pending on organizational progress toward sustainability and program benchmarks.

“We talk about which type of grant may be best for your organization, and following the three workshops, applications will then be emailed to those interested parties,” Mantooth said. She stressed that no applications will be distributed until all of the workshops have been held.

As with the previous workshops, Wednesday’s session will consist of a review of the application in detail. There will also be time to answer any questions participants might have.

The hospital agreement reached by the Bradley Memorial Hospital trustees from the sale of the facility specifies that income generated from the funds can be used to fund programs in three specific areas: health care, wellness or quality of life.

These areas are defined, by the agreement between the hospital trustees and United Way, as:

n Healthcare — Programs or projects that serve unmet health care needs in Bradley County regardless of ability to pay.

n Wellness — Programs or projects that educate the Bradley County community about the physical and mental aspects of maintaining and improving personal health.

n Quality of Life — Programs or services that enhance or improve the physical or mental health of the citizens of Bradley County.

Mantooth said those applying for the grants will need to provide United Way with a two-page brief proposal by May 31, and then the full application soon afterward.

Decision on those organizations receiving grants for 2014 will be made sometime in August, and announced in September, by the United Way’s Community Impact Team.

Those wishing to attend the workshop need to contact Mantooth at the United Way offices at 479-2020, or email her at lisamantooth@unitedwaybc.com.