United Way Invites Nonprofits To Apply For Funding

 

December 20, 2018

United Way of Transylvania County board members invite other volunteers to join them in reviewing funding to help local residents improve their lives. Program funding applications open mid-January. (Courtesy photo)

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) Allocations Team Chair Joni Pavlik has approved the schedule for the agency's 2019-2020 grant funding cycle. The process begins with the Request for Proposal (RFP) Agency Information Meeting from 10 a.m. until noon, Friday, Jan. 18, in the Carlson Conference Room at Transylvania Regional Hospital.

Attendance at this meeting is required for any 501(c)3 non-profit planning to apply for funding from UWTC.

"Last year, we allocated $303,000 to support our neighbors through local programs delivered by our agency partners, and we also put $31,228 to direct community services through TRAIN, VolunteerTransyl vania.org, and 2-1-1," said Steve Pulliam, CEO. "We're looking for contributions in the next few months to finish this fundraising cycle as a 'banner year.' We want to continue - or even increase - our current level of grant funding and maintain our direct community services."


UWTC's Board of Directors plans to continue giving priority to applications using multi-agency collaboration to address needs in the community, with a priority on early childhood. New funding applications will only be accepted from programs meeting those criteria.

"The RFP meeting helps get those collaborative agency conversations started," explained Pulliam.

A separate pool of one-time matching funds is available for early childhood focused initiatives or programs that will bring in outside matching funds up to $50,000. Agencies can see more information about UWTC's mission, vision and areas of focus from UWTC's webpage (www.unitedwaytransylvania.org). The "Resources" tab offers a drop-down list including "RFP General Guidelines." For specific questions, call (828) 883-8822.

Volunteers Needed

Pavlik, who is a volunteer, asks other community members to join the grant review team. Volunteers are encouraged to attend the initial RFP meeting for agencies to get an overview of the grant process from the agency perspective.

"United Way really wants a lot of community input in the decision-making process. We need people with expertise and experience in health, education and financial stability, and people who are good analysts," Pavlik said.

"Volunteers are invaluable to our funding process. They are simply irreplaceable in the crucial work of evaluating and supporting the agencies striving to improve our community. I hope readers will see this volunteer opportunity as an impactful way they can contribute their insights, learn and serve," added Board Chair Terry Decker.


Interested? See a description of the Grant Review Team Member opportunity at VolunteerTransylvania.org or call UWTC to volunteer.

Prospective volunteers can find information about UWTC's mission, vision and areas of focus from UWTC's webpage (www.unitedwaytransylvania.org). The "Resources" tab offers a drop-down list including "RFP General Guidelines." For specific questions, call (828) 883-8822.

Schedule For Agencies

Grant cycle dates for applicant agencies include:

•Jan 18, 10 a.m.-noon: RFP meeting for agencies (volunteers welcome).

•Feb 15, noon: Letters of Intent (LOI) for new programs due.

•Feb 22, noon: LOI responses issued.

•March 15, noon: RFPs due.

•May 31, 10 a.m.-noon: funding announcements.

Schedule For Volunteers

Grant cycle dates for volunteers include:

•March 22, 10 a.m.-noon: allocations volunteer training.

•April 19, noon: initial reviews due.

 
 

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