United Way of Portage County has introduced a new process enabling organizations within the community to introduce ideas for new or enhanced programming that aligns with the community priorities of mental health, financial stability or the aging population.
Organizations with ideas for new or enhanced programming outside of United Way’s currently funded programs are encouraged to contact the United Way to discuss their ideas, said Mae Nachman, United Way of Portage County Director of Community Impact.
Nachman said all non-profit, not-for-profit, government and for-profit organizations are encouraged to submit a proposal, and collaborations on proposals are strongly encouraged.
Those seeking to propose a program or project through the proposal process should contact United Way of Portage County at 715-341-6740. If the programming is determined to be in line with United Way priorities, a white paper document will be required to be submitted.
The white paper will need to include information on how the programming aligns with a priority area, how the programming will address a community need or problem, and how it will meet the need and address the problem or issue. It will also need to include an estimated timeline for implementation of programming and an estimated range of cost for the program.
Programming that is determined to be in alignment with the identified United Way priorities and that appears to have the potential to demonstrate an innovative approach to an issue or problem will be referred to the United Way Vision Council. The Vision Council will then determine whether or not the programming will receive United Way funding.