December 14 2021 0comment

Annual Safety Net Grant Funding Opportunity Open to Applicants

United Way of the Wabash Valley announced their annual grant opportunity available to organizations providing safety net or vital emergency assistance for need in the community. Safety net programs are programs designed to address immediate needs with emergency assistance such as food, shelter, and/or clothing services.

The United Way’s bold goal is to move 10,000 families out of financial struggles and into stability. They are utilizing a focused approach in the areas of education, health, financial stability, as well as overall community building to address the root causes of generational poverty. However, they understand that those walking a financial tightrope may need assistance today as we work on implementing long-term solutions. Safety net services play a pivotal role in closing the gap for community members in desperate need.  Safety net programs have always been a staple of the United Way’s investment into the community.  The organization will be investing over $100,000 dollars into these vital programs through this grant.

Richard Payonk, the Executive Director of the United Way of the Wabash Valley explained, “We know that there are many individuals and families that are struggling in our community.  And while our overall goal is focused on addressing the root causes of generational poverty, we understand we must support those that are struggling today through safety net services and programs. These services can create a pathway to future success. Our work with our impact councils wouldn’t be as successful if people’s vital needs were not being met.”

The Safety Net grant opportunity is open to any organization providing immediate and emergency assistance of vital needs such as food, shelter, and clothing in the United Way’s 6-county service area of Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo in Indiana, and Clark in Illinois.  Organizations interested in applying for the Safety Net grant opportunity can find the application link and a full definition of safety net services on the United Way website at  There will be a virtual informational meeting that is required for all applicants regarding the steps for application and what programs are considered safety net on January 11th at 12:00 noon.  The full application is due on Friday, February 4th at 4:00 pm.  If you have questions or would like to RSVP to the informational meeting contact Mark Johnson at [email protected] or 812-235-6287.