According to Lisa Mantooth, director of Partner Relations for United Way of Bradley County, these applications total close to $1.9 million in requests. Anticipated funds available for grants for 2014 are around $630,000.
“It is safe to say that there are more funds requested than are available for 2014, so there will be tough choices made by our Community Impact Team when selecting the programs that will receive grants,” said Mantooth.
She told the CIT at a recent meeting that there were 43 different applications delivered to the United Way offices. Mantooth said she believes this to be a record number of applications for United Way Health Endowment Fund grants.
In 2012, United Way of Bradley County received 27 grant applications, with 14 programs receiving grants totaling $550,000. Programs receiving grants for 2013 include: Habitat for Humanity, Karis Dental Clinic, the Community Support Center (CAN), Ronald McDonald House Charities Care Mobile, Youth Counseling Services, Wesley Memorial Sack Pack Program, BICC Starfish Program, The Caring Place Care Pack Program, Ocoee Outreach, Girls on the Run, Family Promise, The Refuge Community Center, The Museum Center at 5ive Points, and the Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Center.
This group joined 17 others that have received grants from the Health Endowment Fund since 2008. Nearly $2.2 million has been distributed to these programs.
“We have had some excellent proposals brought before us for funding in the past five years, and we as a team feel we have made some excellent choices in distributing grants from the Health Endowment Fund,” said CIT Chairman Dr. Rodney Fitzgerald.
Some of these programs have gone on to become United Way of Bradley County campaign partners (previously known as United Way agencies), such as the LUDIC program, CASA and The Hope Center/Children’s Advocacy Center.
“Unfortunately, the funds these programs apply for each year exceeds the amount we have available, so we do have some difficult decisions,” Fitzgerald added. “We do what we can with the funds we have available, and though those monies grow each year through the excellent work by our Investment Committee, so, too, do the requests.”
Requests for grants from the United Way Health Endowment Fund must meet certain criteria, including fitting into one of three categories: Healthcare, Wellness or Quality of Life.
They are also categorized as one of two primary types of grants: Venture and Pioneer.
Venture grants are one-year grants with no possibility for renewal, while Pioneer grants are made in 5-year cycles, meaning the United Way will commit to fund the project in decreasing amounts for up to five years pending on organizational progress toward sustainability and program benchmarks.
Each organization that requested a grant was also required to attend one of four workshops earlier this year.
“The CIT will now look over these applications and narrow them down, and ask for those finalists to submit more information for review before the announcement of grants sometime in September,” Mantooth said.