United Way funding applications available

The United Way of Northeast Michigan is accepting letters of intent for funding for 2014. Eligibility guidelines are as follows:

* Agencies/organizations must be nonprofit and have a 501(c)(3) status from the IRS

* Agencies/organizations must provide human service programs/projects

* Agencies/organizations service area must be Alpena, and/or Alcona, and/or Montmorency Counties

* Agencies/organizations must be incorporated under the laws of the State of Michigan, or other jurisdictions meeting Michigan standards, as a non-profit entity for a period of no less than two years

* Consideration will be made for funding programs of schools and governmental organizations, as long as they are specific and discreet programs/projects and not covered by tax funds

* New or existing programs can receive funding as long as they meet UWNM criteria

* Programs/projects meet one of the four funding areas:

Basic Human Needs Addressing basic, temporary and urgent needs including food, shelter, utility


Family Services Assisting individuals and families to become self- sufficient

Health Services Promoting health & healing through prevention skills to maintain a healthy


Youth Services Preparing children and youth to become responsible adults who are emotionally,

cognitively and physically prepared to succeed in school, work and their community

The UWNM does not fund the following:

* Political campaigns

* Sectarian programs (we will fund a program(s) of a religious organization as long as the program does not include religious content and is open to all).

* Loan payments or deficit spending

* Services normally supported by tax dollars

* Capital campaigns for buildings

Programs more likely to be funded will:

* Address identified and/or emerging community human care service needs

* Benefit a significant number of people

* Deliver services efficiently and cost-effectively

* Encourage self-reliance

* Avoid duplication of services

* Focus on prevention

* Enhance cooperation and collaboration among organizations

Letters of intent applications can be requested by contacting United Way of Northeast Michigan at 354-2221 or via email to uwnemi@unitedwaynemi.org with the subject Letter of Intent. Letters of intent are due by 4 p.m. on Feb. 4.

Letters of intent will be presented to a committee made up of volunteers from the United Way Board of Directors that will review the letters to make sure the agency/organization qualifies for funding. Those agencies/organizations that qualify will be invited to submit a full application. Organizations seeking funding are asked to be reasonable in their financial request regarding the program or programs they are seeking funding. Those that make a request make a presentation before the citizen review panel in May.

“The UWNM is accountable to the donors and the community and this process is the best way to make sure the needs in the communities we serve are being met,” Germaine Stoppa, executive cirector of the UWNM, said.

For more information contact Stoppa at 354-2221 or stop by the United Way office at 701 Woodward Avenue, the upper level of the APlex.