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United Way offering nonprofit grants

MIDDLEBURY — United Way of Addison County (UWAC) announced on Friday, Jan. 4, that it is seeking grant proposals from organizations working to improve the health of people living in Addison County. Three-year grants ranging from $1,000 to $22,500 will be made to eligible non-profits through the organization’s Community Impact Funding (CIF) process.
UWAC’s Executive Director, Helena Van Voorst, says “Investing in quality programs is one of the most important ways UWAC works to improve the lives of everyone in Addison County.” The investment includes more than funding. In addition to applying for a grant, nonprofits are encouraged to take advantage of United Way’s trainings, resources, and extensive volunteer network.
Van Voorst explained, “While we fully understand the importance of UWAC’s financial contribution, sharing resources with our funded partners is another way we support their work.” She added, “We believe that when our community’s nonprofits operate successfully, everyone benefits.” UWAC currently provides funding and support to 27 Addison County nonprofits with an emphasis on improving lives in three priority areas: health, education, and financial stability. In 2019, the CIF process is focused on proposals for health-related programs specifically.
UWAC’s Community Impact funding process is community-driven. A team of trained volunteers carefully reviews each grant application and makes funding recommendations to UWAC’s volunteer Board of Directors. Funding for these grants comes directly from donations made to United Way of Addison County’s annual campaign. “Our ability to fulfill our funding commitments to our nonprofit partners depends on the success of our annual campaign,” said Amy Bodette Barr, UWAC’s Development and Marketing Director. Barr added, “Thankfully, we have many generous supporters who often tell us they give to UWAC because of our holistic approach to improving lives. They know that by helping people of all ages gain access to health, education and financial stability, we are focusing on the key components that Addison County residents need to live independent, fulfilling lives.”
Grant proposals are due by noon on Friday, Feb. 1. The full request for proposals is available at UnitedWayAddsisonCounty.org/grantforms. Anyone interested in serving on the Community Impact Funding Committee is encouraged to contact Linnea Oosterman, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator  at 388-7189 or [email protected]. All other questions can be directed to Helena Van Voorst  at 388-7189 or [email protected].

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