United Way opens application process

RECORD STAFF United Way of Island County is accepting letters of intent for grant applications for 2014 and 2015 funding.


United Way of Island County is accepting letters of intent for grant applications for 2014 and 2015 funding.

Nonprofit organizations may apply that are agencies providing health and human service programs; organizations that provide services to residents of Island County; nonprofit organizations, 501(c)3 status that have filed a 2011 IRS Form 990 or IRS Form 990EZ; an annual independent CPA Audit if your revenues (from your IRS Form 990) are over $100,000 or an independent financial review if under $100,000.

The letter of intent grant application is due by Jan. 31.

If management and general plus fundraising expenses exceed 25 percent, the organization will not be accepted as a United Way Partner Agency. This information will be taken from the 2011 IRS Form 990.

Additional documentation will be needed if the organization is not currently receiving grant funding from United Way. Guidelines are available at www.unitedwayic.org.

United Way of Island County will consider applications for programs that meet any of the following. Funding is provided for specific programs, not overall operations.

Education: Helping children and youth achieve their potential early childhood learning. Opportunities for ages 0-5 to ensure that all children who enter first grade will be ready to learn and thrive.

Youth programs: Youth development programs for ages 7-17 that build character, morality, fitness, accountability and leadership in youth.

Family strengthening/parenting: Family development, adult education and parenting, birth parent services and child care.

Income: Promoting financial stability and independence.

Financial management: Budget counseling, credit rating repair and foreclosure counseling to help individuals and families attain and preserve assets, become more financially stable, and achieve long-term economic independence.

Homelessness: Emergency and transitional housing assistance.

Health: Improve people’s health.

Domestic violence: Any form of violence against intimate partners, former partners, family or children and advocacy.

Health and wellness: Access to medical care, preventative education on health issues, including adequate nutrition, obesity and inactivity, falls and injuries and counseling and mental health treatment.

Emergency response and recovery: Emergency assistance and immediate intervention due to a crisis or unforeseen disaster such as fire, flood or hurricane.

Hunger: Food assistance as required.

Substance abuse: Drug and alcohol treatment and counseling.

Nonprofits that meet the above criteria can download instructions and a letter of intent grant application at www.unitedwayic.org or by calling 360-675-1778.