CHAMPION THE CAUSE.
United Way of Blount County’s goal for community impact is to: “Improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.”
We implement impact strategies through collaborative partnerships with agencies, businesses, the faith communities and donors. Facilitating collaborations around key issues, providing financial and non-financial assistance to new and existing agency programs, and leveraging community support for these efforts are just a few of the strategies employed by United Way in order to build a better community.
Ultimately, United Way isn’t just about the number of individuals served or even how many programs are funded, but about how lives in our community are changed and improved.
United Way of Blount County’s grant process is essentially comprised of two funding streams:
- Partner funding: Established, ongoing funding opportunity for programs that are accepted into partnership with United Way of Blount County after historical work in our county. Partner funding opens up in early fall for new partners annually, pending available funding. Programs must serve a Blount County population through a 501©3 with local board representation, and work in one of our three focus areas of health, education or self-sufficiency.
- Discretionary funding: Any remaining funds left after our partner funding process is allocated through discretionary grants. A committee reviews the available funds and discusses the changing needs of our local community. Based on this discussion, a grant focus is made for the remaining year. Our funding then opens up for one-time grant opportunities and any 501©3 that serves Blount County people and aligns with the focus can apply. This time frame begins in the spring when our main funding is allocated.
For more information, please reach out to Wendy Wand at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homelessness Task Force
United Way of Blount County, in collaboration with stakeholders in our community, has established deep-rooted impact work addressing our homeless problem on a local level. Nonprofits, elected officials, faith-based entities, business owners and community volunteers meet on a regular basis to find tangible solutions to identified problems. As the needs of our homeless shift, the work follows. Our current focus includes:
- Warming shelter for winter months
- Tiny homes for transitional housing
- Emergency shelter with supportive services
- Advocacy for general barriers
Each focus has dedicated committee members who meet regularly to impact various barriers. Each quarter, these committees reconvene to update each other as well as the general public on progress while also identifying other needs. To get involved, please call 865-982-2251 ext. 18.