PRINCE WILLIAM, VA – The United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA), the region’s preeminent convener, collaborator and catalyst for social change throughout the National Capital community, awarded $100,000 in Community Impact grants to seven nonprofit partners serving in Prince William County.
The grants being awarded are part of United Way NCA’s new Community Commitment, a $10 million dollar investment to address the education, financial stability and health of residents throughout the Capital community over the next five years. Individual contributions by United Way NCA supporters and our Community Impact grants have resulted in an investment of $450,000 in Prince William County over the past year.
The grantees were announced at a ceremonial check presentation at the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center in Manassas, VA. The grantees are American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, CASA Children's Intervention Services, Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County, Novant Health Foundation Prince William Medical Center, OAR of Fairfax County, Project Mend-A-House and Transitional Housing BARN.
“United Way NCA’s Community Impact grant process helps us to focus our investments to create maximum impact in the areas of greatest need in our community. With our nonprofit partners, we are preparing more of our youth for lifelong health and success, and helping more families to break the cycle of homelessness and become financially stable," said Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO, United Way NCA.
This year, United Way NCA is awarding a total of 61 Community Impact grants to nonprofit partners. The 2016 Community Impact Grant funding priorities are focused on middle grade success and mentoring in the area of education; financial independence, homelessness and affordable housing in the area of financial stability; and healthy eating, active living and basic needs support in the area of health.
Grantees include Transitional Housing BARN. "The Community Impact grant provides matching funds to our programs that are funded by the federal and state government. Without these funds BARN’s mission to end homelessness one family at a time would be much harder to accomplish," says Colin Davis, Executive Director, Transitional Housing BARN.
Recipients of the annual Community Impact grants are determined each year through a competitive process facilitated by volunteer committees of local citizens and United Way NCA Regional Council members.
United Way NCA's Community Impact grants to nonprofit partners are awarded thanks to the support of employees participating in 700 workplace-giving campaigns at more than 3,000 locations throughout the Capital community. All donors to United Way NCA have the option of directing their workplace giving pledge to the Community Impact Fund for any of United Way NCA’s eight regions: Alexandria, Arlington, District of Columbia, Fairfax/Falls Church, Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Prince William counties.