Capital Area United Way goes beyond temporary fixes to create lasting change in our community. By bringing people and organizations together around innovative solutions, we impact thousands of lives every year. Through community grants, important charitable programs are made available within our community and those grants support worthy programs in our area through the grant process and other community projects. The grant process is competitive and many qualified organizations are funded, but some very worthy programs do not get grant funding because the amount of requests far exceeded the available funds.
This year’s grant-making process involved over 50 community volunteers to read, discuss, and evaluate program proposals. Thanks to the amazing generosity of community members, $700,000 was granted to 51 programs. Grant allocations this year were focused on emergency needs, funding shelter, healthcare for the uninsured, and the protection and security of our children. Programs in the three community Priority Areas were awarded to grants committed to measurable outcomes, ensuring that donor dollars are used efficiently and effectively.