2020 Neighborhood Organization Mini-Grant Application Now Available

Monday Jun 1st, 2020

Applications are due June 26, 2020


While United Way has been a proud sponsor of National Night Out since 2004, due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are facing as a community, United Way is shifting its 2020 mini-grant process from supporting National Night Out events to supporting neighborhood organizations interested in responding to the needs that have been identified in their communities as a result of COVID-19.

To do this, United Way is partnering with the Neighborhood Resource Organization to launch a Neighborhood Organization Community Impact Mini-Grant Process that still aligns with the tenets of National Night Out by supporting the organizations focused on building stronger neighborhoods in Erie County.

Funding Priorities

As a result of a survey completed by local neighborhood organizations, the following funding priorities have been identified. Please note that if you have a priority you feel was not included in the list below, you can contact United Way of Erie County to share your suggestions for review. 

  • Community Resources for Basic Needs – providing resources to the community (e.g. food and other basic needs distribution) and/or making the community aware of available resources (e.g. developing & distributing flyers to share local resources and outreach efforts to meet community need. An example includes mapping of available Wi-Fi hotspots in your neighborhood, so residents have access to technology).
  • Transportation – providing solutions to assist those who are unable to access transportation. (e.g. providing dedicated neighborhood volunteers honorariums/gas cards for volunteering to get supplies for those unable to due to health, age, lack of transportation, etc.) 
  • Health Resources – providing assistance to community members who need assistance with supplies or resources due to limited income, age, etc. (e.g. purchasing materials to make masks for community members, using funds to purchase and distribute masks, organize a virtual community health fair with incentives, partner with a local organization to provide summer healthy snacks for members of your community).

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