United Way Berks Initiative seeks to Invest in Grassroots and Collaborative Projects

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United Way of Berks County has launched a new campaign, the Live United Grant, focusing on investing in local 501(c)(3) nonprofits providing health and human service programs within Berks County. Live United Grants are designed to invest in grassroots, collaborative projects working to find innovative solutions for challenges in our neighborhoods and community.

Live United Grants are small one-time grants, up to $5,000, provided to community-based non-profit organizations working on “great ideas” and creative projects that bring people together to help improve the quality of life for Berks County residents.

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.

The grant program is especially intended for organizations that may have limited access to traditional sources of funding. Project ideas and goals must address one of the issue areas within the four focus areas identified by United Way of Berks County and members of our community as the building blocks necessary in creating a thriving community for people to live, work, and raise their families.

Education: Helping Children and Youth Reach Their Potential, Early Care and School Readiness, Literacy, School Success, Youth Development, Education Case Management.

Financial Stability: Promoting Self-Sufficiency and Independence, Affordable Housing, Employment/Job Skills, Personal Financial Management, Financial Stability Case Management.

Health: Improving People’s Health, Mental Health, Health and Wellness, Self-Sufficiency and Independent Living, Health Case Management.

Safety Net Services: Helping Vulnerable Populations Meet Basic Needs, Basic Needs, Safety Net Case Management.

Applicants should review the full detail regarding all grant eligibility requirements, as well as the application format, at www.uwberks.org.

Grant proposals will be awarded through a competitive process after review by a panel of community volunteers, with approval by the organization’s Board of Directors.

Applications must be submitted through the e-CImpact software system, available through United Way of Berks County’s website at www.uwberks.org.

Interested organizations should submit their applications by the end of day, Friday, August 27, 2021. Applicants will receive notice of funding by early October, with the funding cycle beginning on November 1, 2021.

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