United Way of Muscatine announces 2021 grant cycle

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Three years after the implementation of a new strategic plan, United Way of Muscatine announced the start of the first grant cycle with their new focus. This will also mark the first cycle on the new grant platform used by members of the recently announced funder network. Interested organizations must first submit a letter of intent to United Way by Jan. 8, 2021. The funder network’s financial standards review application and the United Way grant application will go live Jan. 1, 2021. Applicants must complete them by Jan. 31, 2021.

“I’m excited to take this next step in our important work to make sure that everyone in Muscatine County can support themselves,” said United Way of Muscatine’s Executive Director, Shane Orr: “It has been a slow, deliberate process to get us to this point, including hours of conversation over these past few years with donors, nonprofits, funders, and other stakeholders. We couldn’t have done it without the amazing vision and leadership provided by our board of directors.”

United Way of Muscatine’s wants to increase the number of self-sufficient households in Muscatine County by 20% by 2030. United Ways of Iowa’s ALICE report showed that 37% of Muscatine households prior to the COVID-19 pandemic struggled to pay for their most basic needs each month. They plan to meet their goal by focusing on education and workforce needs, as well as efforts to make housing affordable and sustainable, all while meeting emergency needs such as food, shelter, and safety.

“For over 65 years, United Way of Muscatine has been mobilizing resources to improve the lives of people in need,” said Orr: “Our work goes beyond band-aids to invest in real long-term supports. By focusing community resources on self-sufficiency, we will not only best help people who are recovering from the financial impact that this pandemic has had, but also those who struggle each month even during the best of times.” Nonprofits interested in learning more can visit https://unitedwaymuscatine.org/annual-community-investment/ or sign up online for one of the upcoming virtual informational sessions linked below:

December 30th at 1:30pm – https://bit.ly/3acZBpD

January 6th at 9:00am – https://bit.ly/3oTBMav

You may contribute to support United Way of Muscatine’s work by visiting https://unitedwaymuscatine.org/donate/ For all other questions, please contact Shane Orr at [email protected] or 563-263-5963/.