United Way of Blair County awards funds raised through its Community Campaign annually to 501(c)(3) organizations that operate programs within Blair County that have the greatest potential to make a positive impact on identified priority need areas. Funds are awarded through a competitive grant process. The 2018-19 application process is now open, and one-year applications are currently be accepted for the 2018-19 grant year. Any 501(c)(3) non-profit, human service organization that provides a program to Blair County residents that has a measurable impact on one of four locally determined focus areas (Health, Education, Income, and Emergency Needs) is eligible to apply for United Way funding. This year all applications will be completed online. Applicants will need to create an account and log in to complete the application. The links to do so are found below. Paper applications will not be accepted. For more information about these need areas, please refer to the Community Plan. Applicants will need to create a secure login in order to complete the application. *No grant request may exceed $35,000.
Two pre-proposal training opportunities will be provided to assist agencies that are planning to submit an application. The first training - Overview of RFP/Question & Answer Session - is being offered at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the United Way office. This session is recommended for all applicants. Please allow approximately two hours for this session. A General Outcome Measurement Training will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the United Way office. This session is open to all applicants and is highly recommended for new or previously unfunded agencies. Additionally, an individual Proposal Work Session may be requested by any applicant that wants an opportunity to ask final questions or review their application for completeness. These sessions run approximately thirty minutes per grant application being submitted. Appointments are available on Thursday, February 22, 2018 and Friday, February 23, 2018 at United Way of Blair County. Registration is required for each of the training sessions. Please call 814-944-0884 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
To be considered for funding, grant applications must be submitted online by the deadline of 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018. Early Submission: Applications received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 will be reviewed for completeness (quality will not be assessed at this time), and you will be notified of any missing documents. Any missing documents must be received by the final deadline of 4:00 p.m. on March 16, 2018. Applications submitted after the early submission deadline will not receive the completeness review and will be submitted to the review committee as provided. Applications submitted after 4:00 p.m. on March 16, 2018 will not be considered.