PRESS RELEASE

United Way of Charlotte County Announces Continuation of Funding for

COVID-19 Impacted Local Nonprofits

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: Jennifer S. Sexton

Collective Impact Consultant

United Way of Charlotte County

941-627-3539

 

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – United Way of Charlotte County (UWCC) is pleased to announce extended human service program funding for non-profit partner agencies that administer programs addressing the root causes of poverty within the areas of education, financial stability, and health and wellness.

 

Local agencies who were approved for UWCC grant dollars administered on behalf of the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Punta Gorda, as well as funds provided by UWCC, will be awarded a second year of grant funding to continue operating the programs they applied for.

 

“COVID-19 left our area nonprofits with more demands and, in many cases, fewer resources,” said UWCC Executive Director, Angie Matthiessen. “United Way of Charlotte County uses a thorough vetting process each year to determine funding allocations and we found it necessary to offer these agencies a reprieve from this rigorous application process.”

 

Seventy-seven local volunteers donated their time and expertise to determine the 2020-2021 allocations. Community Impact Panel volunteers employed consistent, standardized methods to evaluate and ultimately fund those programs best positioned to meet the needs of our community and move the needle on reducing poverty. The volunteers, board and staff dedicated over 2,000 hours of service, vetting the organizations that applied for funding to determine the community investments. The process to allocate funding to the agencies is a yearlong process offered by UWCC as a service to the Charlotte County community, receiving no administrative fee to do so.

 

A total of 23 local health and human service programs at 18 agencies currently receive funding for the 2020-2021 grant cycle. Agencies funded in the 2020-2021 funding cycle are eligible for a second year of funding. This multi-year funding will additionally increase focus on outcomes and allow more opportunities for deeper and richer partnerships.

 

“Our agencies have proven themselves through the grant application process and they have proven themselves throughout this pandemic,” said UWCC Board President, Charlotte Miller. “We are excited to extend their funding for a second year allowing them more time to focus on the direct needs for those affected by COVID-19.”

 

No new requests for proposal will be accepted at this time. New funding opportunities will be available to all interested applicants in the fall of 2021.

A complete list of agency recipients and their programs is available at www.unitedwayccfl.org/fundedpartners .

 

About United Way Charlotte County

United Way of Charlotte County mobilizes the power of our community to break the cycle of poverty by bringing together local agencies, corporations, donors, volunteers and government to create lasting social change. Our work and our investments stay right here, supporting thousands of people every year. For more information about United Way Charlotte County, please visit UnitedWayccfl.org., or call 941-627-3539.