Announcing $100,000 in New Competitive Grants Available to Help ALICE
After a series of community conversations held in Fall 2015-Spring 2016, United Way of the Lakeshore learned from the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) families that although barriers existed to their security in the United Way priority areas of health, education, and income stability, several barriers emerged as trends that posed limits to many. Access to high-quality and affordable child care and lack of adequate transportation were key issues. A third barrier was lack of resources if presented with an unforeseen event like a car repair, sick child care provider, or other circumstance.
To address these barriers, the United Way of the Lakeshore Board of Directors has committed $100,000 to new grant-making and is inviting specific Applications of Intent for the following:
Income Stability: Managing resources is a huge struggle for ALICE families. Improving connectivity to access services that allow ALICE families to stabilize and work towards self-sufficiency is an area that UWL knows well.
Education: Education is vital to help kids be successful in school and careers and to help build a skilled and educated workforce.
Health Mini-grants: Local food pantries are invited to apply. The aim is to develop/strengthen local food systems to sustainably increase healthy eating, especially for children and seniors.
Thank you to everyone who submitted a Letter of Intent. We look forward to reviewing your ideas as we all work to meet our bold goal and help ALICE!