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2014 Community Building Grant Available

Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) has announced the establishment of a new community grant program through which grants will be awarded on an annual basis starting in 2014.  The purpose of a Community Building grant is to fund a 501(c)(3) human service program that will have a significant impact on a need in our community.

Interested agencies should submit a Letter of Intent, not more than two pages in length, describing a program that addresses one or more of the critical needs facing Lycoming County as established in the 2012 Community Needs Assessment Survey.  The Letter should also include an approximate funding request.  Funding priority will be placed on those programs addressing higher priority needs.  The program must be outcome-based and show clear performance measures.  The program can be proposed or existing, but cannot be an existing LCUW funded program.

The Community Needs Assessment Survey is conducted every three years by LCUW to identify emerging human service needs within the county.  Polling is done independently by the Center for the Study of Community and Economy at Lycoming College.  The survey is available at development.lcuw.org, and is accessible by clicking on the Who We Help tab and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Letters of Intent will be reviewed by a committee of community volunteers, and those programs addressing community needs and showing measurable outcomes will be invited to submit a full application.  This new grant process provides an avenue for qualified human service programs to become potential LCUW Program Partners.

Organizations should submit their letters of intent for the 2014 Community Building Grant no later than October 31, 2013. Letters must be submitted via email to Carolyn Hawk, LCUW Director of Funding and Community Relations, at directorfcr@development.lcuw.org.  Late submissions will not be reviewed.

For more information, e-mail or call Carolyn Hawk at 570-323-9448.

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