United Way seeking 2017 Venture Grant applicants

The Bartlesville Regional United Way announced that applications for the 2017 Venture Grants will be opening soon.

Venture Grants are one-time grants for local nonprofit agencies to help fund programs that meet critical, unmet needs in the community and fit within the Bartlesville Regional United Way’s funding priorities. These competitive, merit-based grants will be distributed through a committee made up of community members.

Anyone wishing to apply for a grant will need to attend a workshop which will explain the grant purpose and give instructions on the application process. The first workshop will be held from 10-11:30 a.m on Jan. 17, and the second workshop will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the BRUW office at 415 SE Silas Street. Participants only need to attend one of the workshops as the same information will be presented on both dates. A member of the organization must attend a workshop to apply. After the workshop, attendees will be able to fill out an application online at www.bartlesvilleuw.org.

The deadline to complete the application is 5 p.m. on March 15.

Any qualifying 501(c) 3 nonprofit agency in the Bartlesville Regional United Way service area is eligible to apply. Grant requests should not exceed $10,000 and the requested amount can be no more than 50 percent of the total project budget.

Grants will not be awarded for general operational expenses, or to further fund programs already funded by the Bartlesville Regional United Way allocation process.

Nonprofits should focus on addressing needs identified in the 2015 community profile which can be found online at www.bartlesvilleuw.org. Suggestions include – but are not limited to — addressing issues such as promoting self-sufficiency, helping the growing homeless population and the growing senior population and providing access to affordable healthcare and mental health services.

The 2016 Venture Grants were: Elder Care for Understanding and Coping with Alzheimer's; Family Promise of Washington County to combat homelessness; Youth and Family Services for Because of Hanah, a suicide crisis intervention and intensive outpatient program; Boys and Girls Club of Nowata for T.R.A.I.L., which provides youth with a comprehensive understanding of healthy lifestyles with the long-term goal of preventing and reducing the onset of diabetes in youth ages 7-16 ; and Paths to Independence for Promoting Self-Sufficiency, to allow them to set up a facility for students to learn and practice job related skills such as: car detailing, print shop activities and a garden to create a farmer’s market.