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United Way of Southeast Alaska- 2011 Community Impact Grant

United Way of Southeast Alaska, with its partner agencies, serves community needs throughout Southeast Alaska.  More recently United Way of SE Alaska has adopted Literacy by Third Grade as its focus to help ensure children are reading at grade level by the time they complete third grade.  For decades research has shown a correlation between third grade literacy and educational success, graduation rates, crime rates, substance abuse, and employment.  Statistics indicate nearly 50% of our children are not ready to learn when they begin kindergarten.  Literacy rates have far reaching impacts upon individuals and in turn communities.

United Way of Southeast Alaska is now accepting Community Impact Grant applications designed to assist community needs as they relate to early literacy.  Up to $25,000 in Community Impact funds will be awarded to successful grant applicants to pursue efforts designed to eliminate barriers to or supporting Literacy by Third Grade. Depending on the applications received, United Way of Southeast Alaska may elect to award one or more application(s) developing or enhancing Literacy by Third Grade.  

Alternatively, United Way of Southeast Alaska offers a separate Matching Grant for programs/projects not specifically addressing the issue of early literacy.  Such applications should be based on a documented need in the community. This matching grant will not exceed $3,000 for any individual award.  The criteria used in the past will guide the selection process: Collaboration, matching funds, and having a clearly stated focused achievable goal with measurable outcomes.

Grant applications are available on United Way of Southeast Alaska's homepage www.unitedwayseak.org.  This is a competitivegrant application process for 2011 year.  Applications are not limited to United Way of Southeast Alaska partner agencies.  Applicants may collaborate with United Way partner agencies or other non-profit entities.

All applications are welcome and may be submitted by mail or in person to the United Way office no later than 4:00 PM on March 31, 2011. Applications received by United Way of Southeast Alaska after the deadline will not be considered.  Please submit completed applications to: United Way of Southeast Alaska Community Impact Committee, Katherine Eldemar, Chair, PO Box 20249, or 3225 Hospital Drive #201, Juneau, Alaska 99802.  If you have any questions please call (907) 463-5530.

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