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United Way wants to improve child well-being in Champaign County

United Way of Champaign County has issued a request for proposals from nonprofits that are working to improve child well-being through mental health and trauma responsive services. Their Community Change Grants can be anywhere from $10,000 to $150,000, and they have about $350,000 to work with. 

Proposals must include United Way’s child well-being goals:

  • Fewer children ages 0-5 will experience maltreatment
  • Children 0-18 in substitute care will not experience additional or repeated maltreatment
  • Parents and caregivers in ZIP codes 61821 and 61802 will have increased access to supports that reduce stress and the risk of child maltreatment
  • The community will have increased capacity to address the needs of children and adults who have experienced trauma
  • Children and adults who have experienced trauma will have increased support available

Organizations submitting proposals need to demonstrate how these goals will be measureable, and need to “demonstrate a willingness to build partnerships, promote parentinvolvement in organizational decision making, and share how the organization’s services contribute to reducing racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic disparities in mental and behavioral healthcare.” The full list of guidelines and requirements can be found here.

There will be an informational session on October 12th at 9 a.m. You can register for the Zoom session here. Proposals are due by noon on October 25th. 

Top photo from United Way of Champaign County Facebook page.

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