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Bartlesville Regional United Way seeking 2015 Venture Grant applicants

 The Bartlesville Regional United Way announced that applications for the 2015 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 a.m to noon on Jan. 29, and the second workshop will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Feb. 24 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 16.

Any qualifying 501(c) 3 nonprofit agency in the Bartlesville Regional United Way service area is eligible to apply. Service areas include Washington, Nowata and parts of Osage county. 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 2010 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 2014 Venture Grants were: Westside Community Center to expand the Peacefull Warriors program, which provides anger management and crisis resolution training; Westside Community Center for the Community Advanced Study Hall; Nowata Boys and Girls Club for the Student Tutoring Knowledge Retention program; Nowata Boys and Girls Club for the Back Pack Food Program; and The Washington County Affordable Housing Coalition for Rapid Rehab Rescue to help eligible homeowners in the Capitol Hill District in Bartlesville, who otherwise would not be able to afford to make repairs to their homes.