In 2009, United Way of Bradley County began distributing grants to local nonprofit organizations from the funds realized from the sale of the former Bradley Memorial Hospital. Since that time, over $2.8 million in grants have been allocated.
One of the stipulations on this dispersal of grants was, and continues to be, that any entity wishing to apply for funds must attend a training workshop. These workshops are designed to assist in the application for these grants.
As United Way of Bradley County begins the process of looking at grants for the 2015 calendar year, several such workshops have been scheduled. One has already been conducted, while another is at capacity for organizations signing up to attend the workshop.
Three more have been scheduled, with the possibility of more being planned should the need arise.
“It is mandatory that any nonprofit group wanting to apply for a United Way Health Endowment Fund grant attend one of these workshops,” said United Way Vice President of Partner Relations’ Lisa Mantooth. “We have tried to schedule them so at least one of the times for the workshops fit into everyone’s busy schedule.”
The workshops have been announced through the Community Action Network’s newsletter, which is how the first two sessions filled so quickly. One was held on April 1, while the second was set to be held Wednesday, April 9. All workshops are being held at the United Way offices on Ocoee Street.
“We have three types of grants that are available: Venture grants, Pioneer grants and Initiative grants. Some applicants will not be sure which type of grant to seek, so attending these workshops is very important,” Mantooth added.
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, depending organizational progress toward sustainability and program benchmarks.
Workshops that have been scheduled include:
Thursday, April 17, at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, April 23, at 10 a.m.
Thursday, May 1, at 2 p.m.
“I would suggest signing up for a workshop as early as possible, as they are filling up rapidly,” Mantooth stressed, though she did add that more workshops can be scheduled if the need arises.
Each of those entities wishing to apply for a United Way Health Endowment Fund grant are first required to turn in a two-page brief proposal on their project or program. These brief proposals are due on May 30.
More in-depth proposals are due on Aug. 4, and decisions will then be made on grants by Sept. 30. Funding will be available in January 2015.
The Community Impact Team, chaired by Dr. Rodney Fitzgerald, reviews all of the brief proposals. The team ultimately makes all funding decisions for the UWHEF, which are then submitted to the United Way board of directors for approval. No decisions on the proposals are made by the United Way, but by these volunteers.
For the 2014 calendar year, there were two new Pioneer grants awarded (Girls on the Run and The Refuge), and six Venture grants awarded (Durkee Road Medical Clinic, Helping Paws Healing Hearts, Centerstone, Telemedicine, the JOY School, and the Trousdale School).
A grant for the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (now named Impact Cleveland) was awarded, and five organizations’ grants were renewed (the Community Action Network, Karis Dental Clinic, Wesley Memorial Sack Pack program, The Caring Place Sack Pack program, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities).
There were 42 brief proposal for grants made for 2014. Fourteen were awarded.
The hospital agreement reached by the Bradley Memorial Hospital Trustees from the sale of the facility specifies that income generated from the funds can be used to fund programs in three specific areas: health care, wellness or quality of life.
These areas are defined, by the agreement between the hospital trustees and United Way, as:
- Healthcare — Programs or projects that serve unmet healthcare needs in Bradley County regardless of ability to pay.
- Wellness — Programs or projects that educate the Bradley County community about the physical and mental aspects of maintaining and improving personal health.
- Quality of Life — Programs or services that enhance or improve the physical or mental health of the citizens of Bradley County.
Only organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation are eligible to apply.
For more information on the workshops, or to register for those scheduled workshops, contact Mantooth at the United Way offices at 479-2020, or email her at email@example.com.