The United Way of Washtenaw County’s (UWWC) Board of Directors launched a pilot initiative in 2015 to increase the financial stability of individuals and families with low incomes. Annual grants totaling $100,000 to local human service organizations are a core component of this initiative.
Grants will provide one-time support for programs, projects or initiatives that prioritize women,individuals and families with low incomes, communities of color, and historically and/or systematically marginalized groups. Funding is open to both new/pilot or existing programs, projects or initiatives.
“The Financial Stability grant program is designed to give people a way forward with the help of financial empowerment coaches,” shared Pam Smith, CEO of UWWC. “United Way is about building a stronger community and we are proud to introduce this round of grant funding.”
There are two funding priorities for this year’s grant program:
1. Financial Coaching Corps
- Selected organizations will receive up to $25,000 in funding to support the wages and organizational costs associated with testing the integration of financial coaching into their core service offerings.
- Designed to create a cohort of individuals in our community who are proficient in providinghigh quality financial coaching
- Reduces the risk and burden for local organizations to pilot financial coaching as a serviceoffering
2. Programs that improve the economic well-being of women through:
- Job training/skill building
- Literacy (e.g. digital, language, health)
- Public Policy Advocacy and Community Mobilizing
Organizations eligible for the grant include local 501(c)(3) non-profit human service organizations,local governments, higher education institutions and school districts that serve Washtenaw County. Programs are welcome to apply through a fiscal agent. For more information on how to apply, visit uwgive.org/grants