To kick off our new three-year grant cycle, we’re awarding $3.1 million to local nonprofit programs. All of the chosen programs focus on delivering basic needs supports to families, learning opportunities for children and young adults, and initiatives that provide adults the skills they need to be successful in their careers.
We received 224 proposals that were put through a rigorous review process and scored by a diverse group of 75 community volunteers. Organizations awarded funding will receive their grant monies beginning on July 1, and grant awards will be made on an annual basis, renewable for years two and three, dependent on fund availability and grantee performance. Of the proposals receiving funds, 35 percent are from organizations that have not previously received funding from UWRI.
The innovation that we saw in the applications is very exciting; there were fifty percent more proposals this year and all of them showed a great focus on changing lives in our state. If we can get more families into stable housing and give all kids an equal chance at succeeding in the classroom and beyond, there’s no limit to how strong our communities can become—and that helps everyone.
— Anthony Maione, President and CEO, UWRI