Nonprofits Assisting Community Members in Southwest Louisiana Can Apply For A Grant

October 26, 2021, by Tami

United Way of Southwest Louisiana Accepting Letters of Intent From November 1 to December 3

LAKE CHARLES, LA, October 26 – United Way of Southwest Louisiana will begin accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) from nonprofit organizations serving community members in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis Parishes from November 1 until December 3, 2021. The deadline to submit an LOI is 4:00 pm on December 3, 2021.

"We have identified critical needs in education, health and economic mobility and will give financial support and direction to other nonprofits ready to address them," explains Denise Durel, president and CEO of United Way of Southwest Louisiana. "Our 211 resource line gives us pertinent facts about what families and individuals need every day. This enables us to focus our donor's gifts exactly where they are needed most."

The online application will take a nonprofit organization through completing an online Letter of Intent (LOI). Once the LOI has been submitted and processed, all applicants who the requirements will be allowed to move into the entire grant process for United Way of Southwest Louisiana's Request For Proposal (RFP). Find the application online at unitedwayswla.org/applyforfunding.

United Way of Southwest Louisiana's Community Investment Committee reviews all programs submitted by each nonprofit organization. The applicant must show a significant alignment with United Way of Southwest Louisiana's identified objectives. The volunteers rate evidence-based need, financial accountability, equity and inclusion, and the overall stability of the applicant. The Committee submits a formal recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval.

Priority for funding is given to programs targeting the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population in Southwest Louisiana. United Way of Southwest Louisiana's ALICE report shows the percent of "working poor" in each parish not earning enough to pay basic necessities such as rent and childcare. Find the ALICE report online at unitedwayswla.org/alice.

Mailed, faxed and emailed LOIs are not accepted. Applying organizations must possess a 501(c)(3) or related status with the Internal Revenue Service and be in good standing with the State of Louisiana. Each program requesting funding must fall into one of United Way of Southwest Louisiana's four focus areas: Education, Economic Mobility, Health or Basic Needs. Clients of nonprofit must be in one or more of Southwest Louisiana's parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis.

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About United Way of Southwest Louisiana

Working with the community and many partners for 81 years, United Way of Southwest Louisiana tackles the critical human services issues facing our five-parish footprint of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis. Our United approach is changing the odds for all children, families and individuals in the community, so that we all have the opportunity to succeed. Learn more about our life-changing work at Unitedwayswla.org and follow us on social media @UnitedWayofSWLA

- Operating in the TOP 9% of all U.S. United Ways. –TOP 125 out of 1300 United Ways!
- Maintains a 4-STAR charity rating with Charity Navigator and a PLATINUM SEAL OF TRANSPARENCY with GuideStar