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2019 Community Investment Funding

Introduction and Overview

The mission of United Way of Hall County (UWHC) is to unite people, organizations and resources to improve lives in Hall County. This is accomplished by encouraging all facets of the community to give, advocate and volunteer. 

For over 70 years, United Way of Hall County has focused on issues that are important and vital to every resident having the tools they need to build a good life. UWHC believes education, financial stability and health are the building blocks of a good life. In 2018, the United Way of Hall County board made the decision to focus on creating pathways out of poverty for the 54% of our residents that are financially burdened and lacking needed resources for a good life.

One method UWHC utilizes to improve lives and create pathways out of poverty is investing financial resources in programs, collaborative efforts and initiatives that serve Hall County residents and address board-approved community investment priorities. Click here to see a list of our current funded programs.

United Way of Hall County recently launched the Community Game Plan (Collective Impact Framework) that will guide our partnerships around funding, advocacy, collaboration and education. Click here to download a copy of our Community Game Plan.

We are seeking partners to address the below areas of need. If your organization has a solution that addresses one of the challenges listed below we would like to work with you.  

Education:

  • Early literacy: 70% of children entering kindergarten in our community are not demonstrating reading readiness.
  • 3rd grade reading proficiency: 70% of students in Hall County are not reading proficiently by 3rd grade.
  • High school graduation: 25% of low-income students do not graduate on time, compared to 10% of non-low-income students. 
  • Career readiness: 58% of Georgia students have not completed education or training beyond high school.

Health:

  • Physical Health: Life expectancy is 10-15 years less for someone in poverty.
  • Food insecurity: 28% of the Hall County population has limited access to stores with fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Mental Health: Population to mental health provider ratio in Hall County is 1350:1 compared to 330:1 for top U.S. performers.
  • Abuse and Neglect: Households below the poverty level experience 2x the rate of violent crimes as high-income households.

Financial Stability:

  • Housing: 43.2% of Hall County households are rent-cost-burdened, spending over 30% of their income on housing.
  • Income: 54% of Hall County families are financially burdened.
  • Transportation: 3,303 households in Hall County have not vehicle and transportation is an obstacle for work, school, medical needs and food.
  • Basic Needs: 40% of the Hall County population struggles to meet their basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and healthcare.

UWHC cannot achieve its mission of improving lives alone. We believe that through collaboration with community resources working toward a common goal, we can achieve more than any single organization can alone. As such, we seek partners that share that commitment. 

Process and Timeline

United Way of Hall County will solicit the participation of the very best potential partners to achieve its goals within the areas of education, financial stability and health specifically in relation to creating pathway out of poverty. 

An organization may submit multiple applications for different programs with different priority focus. Those programs determined to have the best alignment with UWHC’s mission will be selected for funding and collective impact partnership. Click here for the training manual to submit an application for funding online.

Eligibility to submit an application:

  • Agency/organization must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and be registered with the state of Georgia as a charitable organization.
  • Program must demonstrate broad community support and ability to use evidence-based practices to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Both agency/organization and program are well managed and fiscally sound with an active and unaffiliated board of directors providing oversight.
  • Collaborative partnerships or initiatives are required to have a fiscal agent that meets the standard described above.
  • Collaborative partnerships or initiatives must have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that includes all participating organizations and clearly outlines responsibility of each.
  • Request for funding may not be less than $1000 or exceed $150,000.
  • Grants may be considered for multi-year funding but our annual funding cycle runs from May 1, 2019-April 30, 2020.

The deadline for submission of the application is 5:00 pm on Thursday, Februay 28, 2019. Any late submission will not be considered. Submission of an application does not assure funding.