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United Way brings new funding option to Barton and Pawnee counties

United Way of Central Kansas is introducing Impact Grants to the area. These funds are available for specific programs or projects led by any 501(c)3 non-profit in Barton or Pawnee counties for up to $1,000.

According to Charell Owings, executive director of UWCK, priority funding will be given to projects that present innovative approaches to meeting the health and human services needs of the community. Other factors for funding consideration will include measurable outcomes, programs that meet current needs in the community, and the organization’s ability to secure funds to continue the project, if applicable. 

Total funding for this first year is $5,000, which will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis starting April 1. Grants will be awarded for programs or projects in the fields of health, education and financial stability.

Funding will not be considered for annual fund drives, building funds, operating deficits or after the fact support, direct or grassroots lobbying, religious purposes, hospitals, medical research, academic research, or event sponsorships. 

“UWCK is excited for the opportunities that this funding option will present to the community,” Owings said. “Projects that need initial seed money or programs that would be beneficial to the community, we can help fund them with a short and simple application. Additionally this also allows us to build relationships with more non-profit organizations across our area, fostering unity for the betterment of our community as a whole. We are stronger together and we look forward to seeing the great ideas fellow non-profits have and how we can help.” 

If your organization is interested in applying for these funds, contact UWCK by calling 620-792-2403 or email unitedwaycentralks@hotmail.comfor more information.