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.
The UWWV Job Skills Impact Council is soliciting proposals for services or programs that improve job skills for working-age (18-65) ALICE adults. Organizations eligible to apply include non-profit organizations, educational institutions, faith-based groups, government entities, and community organizations.
Proposed projects can take a variety of approaches to addressing job skills challenges in the UWWV service area. Potential programs include, but are not limited to those programs that:
- Connect individuals who have an employment barrier (people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated individuals, language barrier, etc.) with employers
- Facilitate transitional job opportunities for individuals that have been out of the workforce
- Help remove structural barriers, such as transportation to employment
- Provide individuals with life/career coaching and mentorship for job attainment and retention (time management, financial literacy, resume writing, computer skills, conflict resolution, etc.)
- Connect individuals with low-cost, high-quality training and mentorship for high-demand jobs
For more information or if you want to apply, contact Michele at [email protected].
The United Way of the Wabash Valley’s Substance Use Disorders Council is making available up to $45,000 in funding for education about substance use disorders in the community.
The grant program focuses on increasing the number of individuals provided anti-stigma/anti-bias education through implementing a new initiative and/or expanding existing programming. The program must offer education and modeling of non-stigmatizing behavior to encourage nonjudgmental, empathic support from the community.
Programs will have an 18-month implementation timeline. Applicants will be allowed to apply for a minimum of $5,000 up to a maximum of $15,000 for investment in 2024-2025.
An orientation meeting will be held on November 8th at 5:30 pm to learn more about the grant and the application process. Those interested need to RSVP to Dorothy Chambers at [email protected]. The window to apply is November 8, 2023 to January 15, 2024, at 4:00 pm EST.
The United Way of the Wabash Valley’s Strong Neighborhoods Council is making available up to $40,000 in funding for Neighborhood Improvement mini-grants to the community. This is the fourth round of this offering from the council whose goal is to create a positive impact for struggling working families in the Wabash Valley by investing in programs and initiatives that provide our community with safe, vibrant and inclusive neighborhoods.
The Neighborhood Improvement Project mini-grant program focuses on any neighborhood in the United Way’s service area of Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo counties in Indiana and Clark county in Illinois. These mini-grants will be between $1,000 and $5,000 each and are intended to enhance the “look and feel” of a neighborhood by addressing public safety, beautification projects, blight elimination, and/or government-service improvements or a combination of any of these categories. Examples of these types of projects include adding lighting in public areas, a neighborhood clean-up initiative, public landscaping projects, public murals, and park improvements.
Examples of previously funded projects include providing mini-lending libraries across the community through Hamilton Center, creating a community garden and greenhouse at Central Elementary School in Vermillion County, and assistance with neighborhood association’s beautification days. To see a geographical map of all previously funded projects click here.
The deadline to apply is Thursday, November 30th at 4:00 p.m.
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 to provide an incentive award payment for qualified applicants to help them attain their Childhood Development Associate (CDA) Credential, Associate or Bachelor’s degree in ECE or a related field. Additionally, United Way will offer an incentive payment to ECE programs supporting their employees as they attain their education.
This United Way funding will be provided to eligible qualifying applicants and their employers according to their level of credential attainment. This program supports individuals as an additional direct monetary incentive to complete their education and 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 – $2,000 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.