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United Way of Racine County begins nonprofit funding cycle

United Way of Racine County will open its annual funding cycle with an informational session December 6 for local nonprofits. Participation is required for any nonprofits that plan to apply for funding from United Way in 2019.

Each year, United Way invests millions of dollars that positively impact Racine County by partnering with high-performing nonprofits that align their efforts with United Way’s overarching goal of building an educated workforce. United Way of Racine County is in the third year of its transition to focusing on building an educated workforce by employing strategies in education, income, health, and basic needs. As part of this transition, United Way will be moving to a two-year funding cycle.

United Way will also expand the community school model, as well as its LIFT (Link and Inspire for Tomorrow) initiative, to Julian Thomas Elementary beginning the 2019-20 school year. This place-based approach brings partners together to offer a range of supports and services to focus on academics, health and social services, as well as youth, family, and community development and engagement.

Eligible nonprofits that serve residents of Racine County are encouraged to apply for funding available for programs that align with United Way impact goals in five areas:

  • Health: Racine County residents participate in quality physical and mental health practices.
  • Education: Kindergarten readiness; Early-grade success; Middle grade success; On-time high school graduation
  • Financial Stability: Individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency to support future advancement.
  • Basic needs: Programs that provide access to food, housing and shelter, or serve seniors and those with disabilities.
  • LIFT (New in 2019): There will be an additional request for proposal for programs that provide services and supports at two LIFT locations in Racine (Knapp and Julian Thomas elementary schools).

The information session will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6, 2018 at the SC Johnson iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., Sturtevant. Registration is required and available ONLINE

After attending the information session, organizations requesting funds must apply online. Local United Way volunteers review and evaluate each proposal based on the organization’s capacity to make measureable impact in Racine County.