United Way Is Seeking Applicants For Safety Net Program Grants

TERRE HAUTE, Ind – United Way of the Wabash Valley (UWWV) has announced a new grant opportunity for those in need. The goal is to provide a safety net for vital emergency assistance.

The United Way is currently transitioning to an impact model which is utilizing a focused approach in the areas of education, health, financial stability, and overall community engagement in order to address the root causes of generational poverty.

Currently, the organization provides funding for safety net programs such as the Catholic Charities Bethany House, Salvation Army’s Social Services Program, and Meals on Wheels Food Delivery.

Richard Payonk, Executive Director of UWWV explained, “When the organization was developing the new impact model they realized the importance of these services and pledged to keep 20% of donor resources devoted towards these types of programs.  This grant hopes to invest at least $70,000 into safety net programs, but if the current Community Resource Drive increases we will be able to invest even more.”

The Safety Net open grant opportunity is open to any organization providing immediate and emergency assistance of vital needs such as food, shelter, and clothing in the United Way’s 6-county service area of Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo in Indiana, and Clark in Illinois.

Organizations interested in applying for the Safety Net RFP opportunity can find the application on the United Way website here.

There will be an informative meeting regarding the steps for application and what programs are considered safety net on December 17 at 5:30 pm at the United Way office at 100 S. 7th Street in Terre Haute.

The full application is due on January 24th.  If you have questions or would like additional information contact Mark Johnson at mjohnson@uwwv.org or 812-235-6287.