In November 2017, a request for proposal was published for nonprofit agencies in the United Way of Northern Utah (UWNU) service area. Grant applications were reviewed and scored by UWNU board members who represent diverse communities throughout Northern Utah. In January 2018, UWNU awarded $200,000 in grants to be distributed to 31 nonprofit agencies in Box Elder, Morgan, Oneida, and Weber counties. Money from the grants will fund programs that provide community services in the categories of basic needs, education, and income.
“Our community partners work to increase opportunities for vulnerable populations, and we are pleased to be able to offer these grants to assist their efforts,” said Tim Jackson, President and Chief Executive Officer of UWNU. “These agencies provide food and shelter for the needy, support families in becoming self-sufficient, and provide educational opportunities so people can achieve their full potential, among many other invaluable services.”
In November 2017, a request for proposal was published for nonprofit agencies in the UWNU service area. Grant applications were reviewed, scored, and approved by UWNU board members, who represent diverse communities and backgrounds throughout Northern Utah.
Community Services Grants are made possible through generous support from corporations and individual donors. In addition, available grant funding was increased through a sizeable donation provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Services. The programs selected for funding support UWNU’s mission of helping to “build a healthy, stable, and well-educated community where individuals, families, and neighborhoods thrive.”
Some of the services that will be supported include weekly meal services provided by Acts Six Soup Kitchen in Box Elder County; financial mentoring services provided by Cottages of Hope; and scholarships for low-income women provided by Soroptimist International of Ogden.
The following 31 nonprofits received funding:
- A Center for Grieving Children
- Acts Six Soup Kitchen
- Adele C. Young Intermediate School
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah
- Box Elder Community Pantry
- Box Elder Family Support Center
- Boys & Girls Club of Weber and Davis Counties
- Brigham City Fine Arts Council
- Brigham Suicide Prevention Coalition
- Catholic Community Services of Northern Utah
- Cottages of Hope
- Enable Utah
- Family Counseling Service of Northern Utah
- Family Promise of Ogden
- Homeless Veterans Fellowship
- Junior League of Ogden
- Lantern House
- New Hope Crisis Center
- Ogden Weber Community Action Partnership
- Ogden-Weber Tech College Foundation
- Oneida Crisis Center
- People Helping People
- Prevent Child Abuse Utah
- Soroptimist International of Ogden
- The Christmas Box House International of Ogden
- The Salvation Army
- Treehouse Children’s Museum
- Tremonton City Food Pantry
- YCC Family Crisis Center
- Youth Futures
- Youth Impact, Inc.
UWNU provides support to Northern Utah communities in a variety of ways. “We help agencies identify and apply for grants through the Zada Haws Grant Center,” said Taylor Knuth, Community Services Coordinator for UWNU. “We raise funds through workplace campaigns which result in approximately $400,000 each year being designated directly to local charities, in addition to the competitive Community Services Grant process.” Among other programs, UWNU also sponsors and helps manage the 2-1-1 service, a statewide dialing code for information and referral; provides funding and coordinates volunteer reading tutoring for 1,343 children in 31 elementary schools; and directs Ogden United Promise Neighborhood, a place-based education initiative.