United Way launches community investment process for Kennebec County

Ashley Healey, assistant director of the Augusta Teen Center, spends time with a group of teenagers. Left to right, Rex Elliott, Elizabeth McCausland, Liliana Gagnon, Healey and Stephen McKenney. Photo submitted

AUGUSTA — United Way of Kennebec Valley has launched its 2023 Community Investment Process. It encourages local Kennebec County nonprofits, public school districts, municipal entities or Indian tribal governments to consider applying for funding for the program.

Through contributions from individual donors, corporations and foundations, the Chapter is able to award grants to community partners who support its mission to unite all people and all resources to improve life in the community. All of its funding going forward will be allocated to support Impact2032, the community vision to improve the health, education and financial stability of every person in Kennebec County, according to a press release from the Augusta-based United Way chapter. .

Impact2032 is committed to helping people adopt healthy behaviors and take advantage of prevention and wellness services; access quality early learning experiences; and have the employment, income and resources necessary to achieve financial stability. Organizations must confirm formal Impact2032 endorsement and demonstrate how a program aligns with one of Impact2032’s three vision statements in order to apply.

“The vision for Impact2032 is the result of a massive effort to gain community insight into the most pressing issues facing our region,” said Courtney Yeager, Executive Director of UWKV. “Our organization is committed to aligning our funding to meet the needs identified by local people, while approaching the process with a spirit of equity to ensure that all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

In 2021, the chapter expanded the area it serves to include all of Kennebec County – uniting the county under one United Way for the first time. Although it has awarded more than $95,000 specifically to nonprofits in its new North Kennebec region in 2022, this will be the first “open” community investment process that will allow organizations serving the North of Kennebec, including those who have not partnered with United Way in the past. , to apply. The process also continues to be open to organizations serving South Kennebec.

Grants between $5,000 and $50,000 will be awarded for a two-year funding cycle, with funding provided between April 2023 and March 2025. Funding must support a specific program or project, not general operations, and requests cannot exceed 35% of the programme/project. budget. To be eligible for funding, an organization’s program(s) must provide health and social services to residents of Kennebec County.

This is also the first year that the Augusta-based chapter will require programs to apply through e-CImpact – a cloud-based grants management software. All organizations interested in applying for funding will be required to attend a mandatory virtual training on Wednesday, November 2. The training also took place on October 25. If an organization is not currently receiving chapter funding and cannot complete any of the required training, contact the Augusta office at 207-626-3400 for further instructions.

The process will consist of two phases: a letter of intent and a request for funding. Interested candidates should submit a letter of intent by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22. Programs selected to move into the second phase will be notified by Wednesday, November 30.

Application for funding opens Thursday, December 1, and all applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31. For more information or to apply, visit uwkv.org/Our-Grants-Process.

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