Impact Grant

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The Impact Grant was introduced in 2017 as a way for the United Way of Southwestern Indiana to broaden its reach in the community by providing funding for new programs, in addition to the ongoing funding the United Way provides to programs conducted by its partner agencies, as well as internal programs. Both United Way partner agencies and non-partner agencies were invited to apply. In order for a program to be considered for an Impact Grant, it was required to show innovation and collaboration with the goal of helping individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency. Programs were also required to incorporate measurable outcomes that could be assessed as early as six months. United Way of Southwestern Indiana announced the offering of the Impact Grant in early April, 2017. Informational sessions for interested organizations were conducted later that month. Twenty-four agencies submitted a letter of intent in May. Those letters were reviewed by the United Way’s Self-Sufficiency Committee, comprised of community business leaders and volunteers. The Self-Sufficiency Committee then invited eight of those agencies to submit a formal application. After a four week review process, four programs were selected to receive 2017 Impact Grants totaling $250,736.


2017 Impact Grant Recipients:

  • Evansville Christian Life Center
    Closing the Gap through Getting Ahead program (GAIN Initiative)
  • Public Education Foundation Evansville
    Academy of Innovative Studies (AIS) First Avenue Campus – CNA Training Program
  • United Methodist Youth Home
    Independent Living Skills program
  • Youth First
    Strengthening Youth and Families program