United Way awards $3.6M in grants to local programs

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JANESVILLE - United Way Blackhawk Region has awarded $3.654 million in community grants to programs working to improve the health, education and financial stability of those in the Stateline Area.

United Way also has implemented a two-year grant cycle as opposed to the 18-month cycle the organization had been using. President and CEO Mary Fanning-Penny said multi-year funding has become a standard across the United Way network, as it places an emphasis on longer-term programming to achieve greater impact.

In December of 2017, United Way announced it was awarding $2.344 million in grant funding for 62 local health and human services programs lasting from January 2017-June 2019.

Since the United Way awards its grants to programs, not agencies, Fanning-Penny said a nonprofit organization may receive more than one community grant depending on the number of applicant programs approved under one agency. She said United Way invested these millions to help solve some of the community's largest issues, including poverty, hunger, homelessness, family violence and addiction.

In terms of improving the health of the community, $800,737 will be invested across 18 programs to improve community wellness by ensuring access to medical, dental and mental health care and provide children with opportunities to enhance their health. Some of the organizations awarded funds in the health impact area included Family Services of Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois for $126,000, Beloit Regional Hospice for $67,200, HealthNet of Rock County for $147,751.40 and YWCA Rock County for $232,885.39.

In terms of improving the education of the community, $1,087,077 will be invested in 10 programs to help youth be successful inside and outside the classroom. Some of the organizations awarded funds in the education impact area included Community Action Inc. for $235,000, Family Services for $160,000, Stateline Boys & Girls Clubs Inc. for $280,000, Boys & Girls Club of Janesville for $221,750 and the Stateline Family YMCA for $118,327.

In terms of improving the financial stability of the community, $1,524,968 will be invested in 26 programs to stabilize families in crisis, help adults become self-sufficient and improve the education level and employability of adults. Some of the organizations awarded funds in the education impact area included Beloit Meals on Wheels for $150,000, Family Promise of Greater Beloit for $33,400, Family Services for $100,000, Stateline Literacy Council-Beloit, Inc. for $72,000, YWCA Rock County for $264,767.83, and The Salvation Army Rock County - Beloit for $135,800.

For more information on how to facilitate an employee giving campaign, make a donation, or learn more about United Way's work, visit LiveUnitedBR.org or call 608-757-3040.

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