NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS 2018
United Way of Pierce County’s Neighborhood Grants Program provides financial and technical support to resident or community-led groups for projects that help children and families in their neighborhood.
Our neighborhood grants program provided financial and technical support to resident or community-led groups that help children and families in their neighborhoods. Funding supported a camping adventure (Boy Scout Troop 679) , youth stewardship development (Woods at Golden Given HOA/COA), eyeglasses and hearing aids for students (Spanaway Lions Club), a community garden (Our Savior Lutheran Church) , a safe place to play (Cottage Stone Neighborhood Improvement Committee) , scholastic achievement incentives (Parkland Spanaway Kiwanis Foundation) and a family friendly community event (Key Pen Parks).
WHO SHOULD APPLY
Any Pierce County community-led groups in the Bethel, Franklin Pierce, Sumner or Eastside Tacoma (Salishan) neighborhoods are eligible to apply this year. Each group must include at least four volunteers.
The following groups are encouraged to apply:
- Any resident, informal group of neighbors or community-led group working on a project or activity that will directly benefit their community.
- Advocacy groups focusing on neighborhood improvements such as: after-school programs, community gardens, etc.
- Neighborhood or apartment associations, neighborhood watches that develop resident leadership to identify and resolve neighborhood issues.
- Support groups where none exist due to transportation or language barriers, or subject matter.
Projects must be carried out in the neighborhood or community where the members live. In addition, a group applying for a Neighborhood Grant will be selected based on the following criteria.
Need: Does the project fulfill a community need that is not being met?
Involvement: Does the group involve other people in the project? Are decisions made collectively and not by one person?
Impact: Will the group’s project achieve positive changes for their community in the areas of:
1) Building Strong Families by creating neighborhood opportunities to build a stable home environment;
2) Ensuring a Strong Start for Kids through activities that help children be ready for kindergarten;
3) Ensuring Success in the Early Grades with activities that engage children in reading and brings them to grade level reading;
4) Meeting Basic Needs of families by creating projects that invest in food, housing and other essential needs?
(Examples: Childcare Network, Safe Transportation Network, Healthy Lifestyle Activities, Portable Library or Little Free Libraries, Leadership Training, Bullying Prevention, Neighborhood Field Trips; Community Garden, Bike Share, Walking Buses)
We DO NOT fund:
- Academic research
- Capital campaigns
- Debt reduction or legal settlements
- Expenses incurred prior to the grant award date
- The creation of, or addition to endowment funds
- Funding to schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services
- Projects whose main purpose is fundraising
- Individuals, including scholarships
- Political campaigns
- Religious activities or services
HOW TO APPLY
MARCH 1: APPLICATION AVAILABLE
MARCH 23: LAST DAY TO SUBMIT APPLICATION- SUBMITTED VIA WEBFORM
APRIL 17: AWARDS WILL BE ANNOUNCED