United Way offers mini-grants for community event

From staff reports

United Way of Venango County, along with UPMC Health Plan, is inviting small community committees to apply for a mini-grant to hold an event in their community or neighborhood to mark National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

National Night Out is an annual community-building program that promotes strong police/community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.

Many communities celebrate National Night Out by hosting block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts, and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits, and more.

The National Night Out grants, unlike traditional United Way grants, are not restricted to 501©3 non-profits. These grants may be applied for by individuals or small neighborhood committees looking to strengthen their communities.

Grant recipients must agree to and sign United Way’s funding agreement, which lays out the maximum approved amount and the way reimbursements will be handled.

United Way does encourage partnerships with agencies and organizations that may be more familiar with the process and likely to help.

Upon approval, the funds will be distributed as a reimbursement, or through a purchase order form, after required documentation has been submitted.

The grant applications will be open from May 1 until May 31 and are available at www.unitedwayofvenangocounty.org. Awards will be announced to recipients on June 10.

Anyone with questions may call (814) 676-6545 or email jennifer@uwvenango.org.