We speak of the Cleveland and Bradley County community; and specifically, our reference is to any number of nonprofit organizations, civic groups and other people-minded campaigns whose collective innovation, and influence, are geared toward improving our hometown’s quality of life.
Income from the 2005 sale of BMH — which is now SkyRidge Medical Center — is being used each year to provide Health Endowment Fund grants. Only organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation are eligible to apply.
To jump-start the 2014 application process, United Way of Bradley County Inc. — the handpicked steward of the Health Endowment Fund — is hosting three workshops. As in years past, these seminars are being made available for organizations hoping to explore funding opportunities for resourceful, and frugal, ideas that might benefit area families and their diverse needs.
All three gatherings are being held in the Community Room of the downtown Cleveland Bradley County Public Library. In order to learn how to apply for Health Endowment Grant funding, or at the very least to find out if an idea would even be considered, organizations must attend one of the meetings.
The material reviewed in each session is the same so it is not necessary for representatives to attend all three.
The first workshop was held last month. But two more remain with the next coming Wednesday. That’s tomorrow, so hopeful groups should plan to send a representative. This second workshop convenes at 10 a.m.
The third, and final, gathering is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17. It, too, will begin at 10 a.m.
In each workshop, whose length is about one hour, organizations will review the application process and will learn important dates, procedures, guidelines and deadlines. Ample time for questions is being allotted in each gathering.
Applications will not be distributed at the workshops nor will attendees get a start on filling them out. This is merely an introductory process and a chance for hopeful organizations to learn the ropes. Once all three workshops have been held, applications will be emailed.
As stipulated by the BMH board of trustees once the hospital was sold, the income generated from the sale is being used to fund programs in three specific areas: health care, wellness or quality of life.
Here’s a quick definition of each:
1. Health care: Programs or projects that serve unmet health care needs in Bradley County regardless of ability to pay.
2. Wellness: Programs or projects that educate the Bradley County community about the physical and mental aspects of maintaining and improving personal health.
3. Quality of Life: Programs or services that enhance or improve the physical or mental health of the citizens of Bradley County.
In the past five years, United Way’s Health Endowment Fund has distributed almost $2.2 million to 31 different and unique programs. We will have more to say about this program diversity in a future edition prior to the third and final workshop.
Until then, it is important that hopefuls understand two types of grants are being made available, and discussed, at the workshops. These are Pioneer and Venture grants.
A Venture grant is one-year funding with no possibility for renewal. A Pioneer grant includes a five-year cycle, meaning that United Way will commit to fund the project in decreasing amounts for up to five years depending on the recipient organization’s progress toward sustainability and program benchmarks.
For more information about the workshops, contact Lisa Mantooth, director of partner relations, at the United Way offices at 479-2020, or send her an email at email@example.com.
United Way’s Health Endowment Fund has a proven track record of making a difference in the lives of its program recipients.
We encourage eligible organizations to take their community ideas to the next level.
Attend a grant workshop, and then decide.