Significant changes are underway for the Lenawee United Way as the agency shifts to an “open grants” process.
The new funding model is said to put more of an emphasis on programs rather than agencies.
Twelve member agencies will continue to be funded as in the past, but their funding will be based on the submission of a grant proposal. In addition, any qualified nonprofit group will be eligible to apply for funds.
Groups must have 501c3 federal tax status and their programs must address one of four priority areas: basic needs, employment and self-sufficiency, health, and youth at risk.
By narrowing the focus to specific areas, United Way intends to provide better access to funds for those in the greatest need of food, clothing, low income housing, job training and health care access.
The deadline to apply for funds is Aug. 31.
The changes will make a difference in how local funds are distributed, said Brad Frederick, the new chair of the Morenci United Way committee.