United Way of Berks County has established a pool of funding for LIVE UNITED Grants designed to fund grassroots, collaborative projects working to find innovative solutions for challenges in our neighborhoods and community.
LIVE UNITED Grant Purpose:
The LIVE UNITED Grant Program is based upon the belief that, united, we can all be part of the positive change we wish to see in non-profit our community. When people mobilize together for a common goal, they create positive and lasting changes that can multiply to build a stronger community for all of us.
LIVE UNITED Grants are one-time small grants up to $5,000 provided to grass-roots or community-based non-profit organizations working on “great ideas” and creative projects that bring people together to help improve the quality of life for Berks County residents. Proposals may include one-time or ongoing events/projects that present the opportunity to make a big difference in one of the identified target areas using a small amount of funds.
This grant program is especially intended for organizations that may have limited access to traditional sources of funding.
Project ideas and goals must address one of the issue areas within the four focus areas identified by United Way and members of our community as the building blocks necessary in creating a thriving community for people to live, work, and raise their families.
LIVE UNITED Grants can be used for purposes such as:
LIVE UNITED Grants CANNOT be used for purposes such as:
Receipt of a LIVE UNITED grant does not entitle a recipient organization to receive partner agency status with United Way of Berks County (if not already) or to receive ongoing funding of any kind. Organizations who apply for this grant must be aware that they will need to find other sources of funding to continue further program efforts.
Eligibility: Any non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a yearly budget below $250,000 providing health and human services to Berks County residents is eligible to apply. Grassroots, neighborhood–based or smaller organizations are especially encouraged to apply. Previous LIVE UNITED Grant recipients are eligible to apply; however, funds cannot be used in any way for the same program previously funded.
Award Amount: A maximum grant of $5,000 may be requested, with United Way reserving the option to award a lesser amount, based on demonstrated need and available resources.
Funding Period: November 1, 2019 – October 31, 2020. Funds must be spent within a 12-month period after the grant is awarded. A final report will be due at the end of the 12-month period.
Application Format: Click here to submit an application through United Way's e-CImpact software system. The following information will be addressed during the application process:
Application Process: LIVE UNITED grants will be awarded through a competitive proposal process after review and evaluation by a panel of community volunteers and approved by the United Way Board of Directors. Interested applicants should submit their applications via the web-based e-CImpact software no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, August 23, 2019. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Review Criteria: Fully completed applications will be evaluated based on the following:
|Monday, July 22, 2019||Applications open for completion on e-CImpact|
|Friday, August 23, 2019||Applications due in e-CImpact, by 5:00 pm|
|By October 1, 2019||Applicants receive notice of funding|
|November 30, 2020||Final Report due in e-CImpact, with photos|
Questions or support:
|2019 LIVE UNITED Grant Application Instructions|