United Way of Western Connecticut grant cycle to open Feb. 5
For this funding cycle, applications will be accepted that focus on improving outcomes for struggling households that United Way calls ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) in three focused areas:
- Early Childhood Education, serving children birth through age four
- After-School Programming, serving children ages five through 18
- Financial Stability, which help ALICE households set household budgets, save money for emergencies, and improve their credit health
Beginning Monday, April 5, online applications may be accessed and completed via UWWC’s website at uwwesternct.org/grant-opportunities. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 9, 2018. Funding will be announced during the month of May 2018, and funding will be allocated from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
“We continue to focus our funding on programs that best support the ALICE population,” said Kimberly Morgan, CEO of UWWC. “Through direct conversations with people who are living paycheck-to-paycheck, we know that childcare and after-school programs are a high priority for hardworking families with children of all ages.”
Morgan explained that UWWC’s education funding helps to make childcare and after-school programs more accessible to ALICE families, and gives their children opportunities to participate in quality programs they may not otherwise be able to attend.
“Families on limited incomes are often forced to settle for sub-standard child care. Their school-age children may have to stay at home, alone in the after-school hours,” Morgan continued. “Our funding makes quality childcare and interesting, engaging after-school activities more accessible to them.” This benefits children and families while reducing the achievement gap.
Financial stability programs funded by UWWC help ALICE families set household budgets to meet their financial goals, while providing resources and training that give them the skills necessary to obtain better, higher-paying jobs.
“United Way dollars will be invested in financial stability programs that give people the tools they need to get on solid financial footing and create more stable households. We want ALICE families to be in a position where they can save and begin planning for the future,” Morgan explained.
For more information about the Early Childhood, After-School, and Financial Stability application process, contact the UWWC Community Impact Coordinator for each region:
- Greater Danbury/Northern Fairfield County (Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, Newtown, New Fairfield, Redding, Ridgefield): Caroline LaFleur at 203-297-6307
- Greater New Milford/Southern Litchfield County (New Milford, Bridgewater, Kent, Roxbury, Sherman, Warren, and Washington): Katy Francis at 860-354-8800
- City of Stamford: Nicole Granskog at 203-883-6034