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United Way of Jasper County allocation process begins with letters of intent

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 9:57 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 9:59 a.m. CDT

The funding process for United Way of Jasper County has officially begun. Non-profit agencies providing health and human service programs to Jasper County residents can begin the process by submitting a Letter of Intent to the United Way.

Letter of Intent forms for United Way of Jasper County grant funding are now available for the 2018-19 funding cycle (April 1, 2018-March 31, 2019) for programs that fall within the community impact areas of education, health and income. Those wishing to apply can do so by emailing UWJC Executive Director Jessica Lowe at unitedwayjc@gmail.com.

“The Letter of Intent is the first step in our allocations process,” Lowe said. “The submitted letters will be reviewed by the board to determine if the agency and the program meet our requirements for funding. Once approved the agencies will move on to the next phase which is a grant writing process.”

The United Way of Jasper County seeks to support those programs and agencies which demonstrate consistency with the United Way mission which is to provide collaborative leadership to align critical needs with resources to advance the common good. United Way operates a program-based fund distribution system and allocates funds to specific programs of tax-exempt, nonprofit agencies serving Jasper County residents. More than $225,000 was allocated by United Way of Jasper County for the 2017-18 funding cycle.

The Letter of Intent form is due by 5 p.m. Oct. 9. Forms can be mailed or dropped off at the United Way of Jasper County office at 312 First Ave. W., Newton, Iowa 50208.

“I encourage agencies who we are currently funding, funded in the past or who have never received funding from us to take part in this part of the application,” Lowe said. “It is an easy first to determine if their programs are eligible for application and funds. We want to help as many people as we can so we encourage agencies to apply.”