United Way invites area nonprofits to apply for grants by March 25
Nonprofits must attend Feb. 25 training, 2:30-4 p.m., Great Falls College-MSU in Heritage Hall
United Way of Cascade County invites local nonprofits that are working to help youth succeed by focusing on education outcomes, help working families/individuals become more financially stable and make Cascade County healthier to apply for funding.
Any Cascade County nonprofit is eligible to apply for funds. The application for funding asks groups to explain their goals, activities planned to accomplish their goals, metrics they will use to determine their success and a detailed budget for the activities for which they are requesting funding.
United Way recruits community volunteers to review the applications, listen to presentations and determine which nonprofits' proposals will get the best results and best align with our organizational goals. United Way's organizational goals include:
EDUCATION: helping children and youth achieve their potential. United Way aims for every student to graduate from high school ready for college or the workforce. To accomplish this goal, United Way is focusing on preparing young children to start school, ensuring that elementary students can read proficiently and reducing chronic absenteeism.
INCOME: promoting financial stability and independence. United Way is working to help families become financially stable and independent by focusing on decreasing the number of people in poverty, increasing higher paying jobs and increasing the rate of home ownership.
HEALTH: improving people’s health. United Way's health goals focus on helping children and adults maintain a healthy weight, promoting healthy lifestyles including reducing binge drinking and drug use, increasing the access and affordability of healthcare and protecting vulnerable populations including the elderly, disabled and abused and neglected children.
The volunteers also will meet quarterly to review reports from the nonprofits on their progress. All nonprofits that receive funds must submit quarterly reports documenting their outcomes.
To receive funds, agencies must qualify as tax exempt under federal law, be licensed by the state of Montana, meet certain financial reporting requirements and cannot discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, political affiliation or disability. Government agencies and faith-based organizations can apply for funds if they meet United Way's policy requirements.
For the current fiscal year, United Way of Cascade County partners with 27 local nonprofits to fund 34 programs.
Nonprofits can contact the United Way office for an application or can download the documents using the links below. All nonprofits applying are required to attend a training on Feb. 25. Grants are due March 25 by 5 p.m. and in-person presentations to community volunteers are May 6 or 7. Nonprofits will be notified of grant decisions after May 21.
“One of our strategies to strengthen our community is to partner with non-profits which align with and advance our education, income and health goals,” United Way President Gary Owen said. “We encourage any nonprofit that can demonstrate results in these areas to provide a proposal for funding.
“The community volunteers who review the proposals and our board of directors are diligent in insuring that the funds the community entrusts to us are put to the most effective use to advance our community goals.”
To download guidelines to complete the grant click here.
Download the grant application itself click here
Every nonprofit must also complete a one-page summary of their program, click here to get that document.
All grant applications are to be submitted to Gary Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. on March 25. If you have questions, please email Gary or call 727-3400.