Spring is the season of sunshine, flowers and grant applications


March is more than basketball madness, shamrocks and St. Patrick’s Day parades. It’s also the season for applying for grants from the United Way of Bay County and the Bay Area Community Foundation.

United Way of Bay County

the United Way of Bay County is now accepting community investment grant applications from local non-profit organizations. Grant proposals must align with one of United Way of Bay County’s focus areas – education, health, and income stability.

The goal of United Way grants is to help members of our community become self-sufficient, provide them with access to quality education, a healthier lifestyle, and earn the income needed to support their families. .

The agency seeks 2022-2024 programs that serve disadvantaged and underserved populations with a focus on promoting equity in the community. Recipients must provide a plan to measure impact through regular reporting.

Funding for the grants comes from the annual campaign and fundraising events throughout the year.

The need for these programs is well documented.

Nearly half of Bay County’s population falls into the ALICE threshold, or Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed.

For the past several years, United Way has conducted a community assessment program and determined that education, health and income stability are critical needs in Bay County, said Nicole Luczak, president and CEO. of United Way of Bay County.

Before releasing the 2022-24 grant application, the agency reassessed the community and prioritized the most critical needs currently.

“It is about improving school readiness through access to affordable childcare and quality early learning programs and initiatives in education, raising awareness to resources and services for mental health and addiction disorders as well as domestic violence and child abuse in the health field, and to provide individuals and families with the resources necessary to achieve financial stability and have the opportunity improve their socio-economic status in the area of ​​income stability,” Luczak said.

To gain insight into these areas, the UWBC Community Impact Committee analyzed data from Kids Count Data, the latest ALICE report, Public Safety Department statistics, community conversations and health assessments. community.

Applications are due March 18. More information can be found hereand organizations considering a partnership can call (989) 893-7508.

Bay Area Community Foundation

the Bay Area Community Foundation offers several grant funding opportunities for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, government entities, or schools in Bay and Arenac counties.

The deadline to acquire a password for the online grant application process is March 7. Contact Foundation Program Manager Joni King at (989) 893-4438 or by email at [email protected] to begin the application process. Applications will reopen this summer.

Last year, the Bay Area Community Foundation invested $2 million in grants in Bay and Arenac counties. These grants have funded projects related to arts and culture, education and youth, environment, health and well-being, social services, recreation and community initiatives.

Grants are awarded based on donor recommendation and through a competitive application process. Funding for competitive grants is made possible through a collection of 106 endowment funds administered by the BACF.

The Foundation accepts proposals from:

  • Projects addressing environmental needs in Bay County and the Saginaw Bay Watershed through the Saginaw Bay Watershed Environment and Restoration Funds.
  • Projects focused on economic growth through community development and improving the quality of life in Bay County through the Bay County Growth Alliance Fund.
  • Youth related needs through the Youth Advisory Endowment Fund.
  • Projects specifically benefiting children or adults with cognitive or physical disabilities in Bay County through the Leslie L. Squires Foundation.

“We recognize that no one agency can do it all alone,” says United Way of Bay County’s Luczak. “But together, we can make lasting change for Bay County.”


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