A strong community has a system of quality partners that are available to help people

We’re proud to partner with more than 30 organizations to address community challenges and deliver programs throughout the Wabash Valley. We are here to help provide funding opportunities and resources that can make progress on our bold goal and create a stronger community.

Available Grants

The UWWV Strong Neighborhood Council is seeking proposals from community organizations, service groups, and other community-based groups to conduct projects or programs involving community members and businesses to enhance the look and feel of their local neighborhoods. Projects may focus on any neighborhood in the UWWV service area that includes ALICE residents, and should be undertaken in consultation with those residents. Projects may address neighborhood beautification, neighborhood gathering spots, public safety, blight elimination, or any combination of these four categories. Examples of previously funded projects include neighborhood beautification day in Farrington’s Grove, disc golf course renovation in Forest Park, exterior lighting improvements at The Lab in Ryves, bandstand renovation at Sullivan City Park, and playground upgrades at 14th and Chestnut Community Center, among others.

The UWWV SN Impact Council has made available a total of $60,000 in funding to be provided to eligible qualifying applicants. Applicants may apply for $1,000 to $5,000 to be expended in 12 months or less from the time funding is approved.

Deadline: 4:00 pm ET, Friday, January 6, 2023

Ensuring the availability and affordability of high-quality childcare in the Wabash Valley is an economic driver for our community and will lead to success. To increase the number of children entering kindergarten ready-to-learn (i.e. kindergarten readiness), the UWWV recognizes the need to reduce the financial barriers that will allow childcare facilities to achieve licensure and high-quality ratings under the state’s system for regulating such facilities.

United Way’s Success By 6 Impact Council is soliciting proposals to expand the capacity of state-recognized high-quality childcare facilities in the Wabash Valley. Qualified applicants may request funds for expenses which will:
– Allow childcare programs to become eligible to enroll in and attain a Level 3 or 4 on the Paths to QUALITY Rating Scale or ExceleRate Illinois to improve the quality of care provided to children;
Or
– Allow Level 3 or 4 programs to expand regulated capacity;
Or
– Allow Unlicensed Registered Ministries to meet quality standards to enroll in and attain a Level 3 or 4 in Paths to QUALITY or ExceleRate Illinois.

The Council has made up to $150,000 in funding available to be provided over two years (24 calendar months from the grant start date). Applicants will be allowed to apply for a minimum of $5,000 (per year) and up to a maximum of $20,000 (per year) for investment in 2023 and 2024.

Organizations interested in submitting a Letter of Intent are required to attend the LOI Package meeting on September 27th at 5:30 pm. RSVP to Dorothy Chambers at 812.235.6287 or [email protected]

The Success By 6 Council, supported by the Natalie Pugh Memorial Professional Development fund, is looking to help fulfill the need for trained early childhood education teachers with the development of their Early Childhood Education Credential Assistance Program (CAP). This program has made $30,000 available as educational fulfillment incentives to those who complete their credential/degree program utilizing the federally funded and Indiana administered Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H) Early Childhood Scholarship Program or Illinois’s Gateways Scholarship Program. These are already funded programs that provide tuition reimbursement to students in the early childhood education field.

This United Way gap funding will be available to support individuals as an additional direct monetary incentive to complete their education and also as an incentive payment to assist the individual’s early childhood education program employer as they support their employees to help them attain their educational goals. The incentive funding will range from $500 – $1,500 based on the credential or degree type.

Students must apply before their last semester of schooling.  Check out the full details and application below for more information.

The Professional Development Grant Program, supported by the Natalie Pugh Memorial Professional Development fund, gives financial aid for attendance at continuing education programs for child care providers/early education professionals that work with children ages 0-6.

Recently Closed Grants

For access to E-CImpact in order to upload your application please contact Mark Johnson at [email protected] or 812-235-6287.

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