In response to the growing need in the community, the United Way of Central Missouri Board of Directors approved up to $100,000 for one-time grants for agencies in 2014.
Gaye Suggett, board chairman of the United Way of Central Missouri, said the Jefferson City Area YMCA's gift of the Alameda building for the United Way's administrative offices and a successful 2013 campaign are making the one-time grants possible.
"We are grateful to have the opportunity to provide additional assistance to area agencies so they can help our neighbors in need," said Ann Bax, president of the United Way of Central Missouri.
Grants are open to non-profit agencies in the United Way of Central Missouri service area. Grants must further the mission of the United Way to help local people in need and provide community solutions; and address a need in the area of food, shelter, education, employment, health, or transportation. Grants must have measurable program outcomes and serve Central Missouri communities in part or all of Cole, Moniteau, Osage, Miller and southern Callaway counties. Applying agencies must have been in business for two or more years. Grant money may be used as matching dollars, but may not be used for capital campaigns.
For a complete list of grant criteria and/or a grant application, contact Bax at 636-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications must be returned to the United Way of Central Missouri office by April 17.
A committee comprised of United Way board members, fund allocation members and additional volunteers will review the grant applications, and grant money will be released in late May.