United Way announces grant workshop dates
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Mar 17, 2013 | 711 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than $2 million in grants have been distributed to local nonprofit organizations through the United Way Health Endowment Fund.

United Way of Bradley County has scheduled three workshops for programs wishing to apply for Health Endowment Grants for funds that will be available for the 2014 calendar year. Only organizations with a 501(c)3 designation will be eligible to apply.

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.

“These three workshops will be held at the Community Room of the Cleveland Public Library, with the first being this Wednesday, March 20, at 10:30 a.m.,” said Lisa Mantooth, United Way director of partner relations. “As we have done in the past, we have scheduled three separate workshops so those wishing to apply will have ample opportunities to attend one of them.”

The schedule for the workshops is:

- Wednesday, March 20, 10:30 a.m.

- Wednesday, April 3, 10 a.m.

- Wednesday, April 17, 10 a.m.

Each of the workshops is expected to last approximately one hour.

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.

“We will be discussing the process of applying for these grants, and the type of grants that are available,” she said.

Types of grants that will 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 will 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 previous workshops, these three sessions will consist of a review of the application in detail. There will also be time to answer any questions that 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: healthcare, wellness or quality of life.

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

- Healthcare – Programs or projects that serve unmet healthcare needs in Bradley County regardless of ability to pay.

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

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

Mantooth said that those applying for the grants will need to provide United Way with a two-page brief proposal by May 31 and 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.

For more information on the workshops, contact Mantooth at the United Way offices at 479-2020, or email her at lisamantooth@unitedwaybc.com.