United Way Announces Ninth Round of Grants to 44 Local Nonprofits | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

United Way Announces Ninth Round of Grants to 44 Local Nonprofits

Last Friday, United Way awarded grants to 44 local nonprofits (see list of recipients below) totaling $357,500. Through our Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund, we continue to identify and support organizations and initiatives addressing challenges in education, income and health across our North Texas community.

In the first eight weeks following the issuance of stay-at-home orders in Dallas County, United Way focused grant funding on the pressing needs resulting from this pandemic: access to food, shelter, health services and emergency financial assistance. We streamlined our applications process in order to increase access for small, grassroots organizations, as these providers are often the most trusted resources in marginalized and under-resourced neighborhoods.

As we begin to emerge from this crisis, United Way is transitioning our community support to recovery and rebuilding solutions. This week—and into the future—grants will address gaps in education, soaring unemployment and health and safety challenges that will have long-term impact on our community.

By the time school resumes in fall—assuming we are able to return as normal—students will have been out of school for 6 months. The typical “summer slide” learning regression will be magnified. While we can’t be in person, United Way is investing in summer programming and distance learning initiatives that facilitate virtual tutoring, virtual learning, and online curricula to bridge this gap.

Workforce Development
The overall unemployment is at 12.8 percent and climbing. Thousands of workers have lost their jobs and African American and Latinx workers have been disproportionately affected. At the same time, transportation, distribution and logistics industries have ramped up their workforce, creating a maze of worker transitions back into the labor market and new fields of work.
United Way is partnering with organizations to connect workers to skill-building opportunities and to provide services such as career navigation or coaching and case management that result in persistence and completion of job training programs. Additionally, we are supporting services aligned with education and job training, including additional resources like books, supplies or temporary rental assistance to help workers be successful at work.

While physical health has been a top priority as we battle this virus, maintaining mental health and safety have become increasingly important. Through this round of grants, United Way is enabling access to crisis lines and mental health services for first responders as well as the expansion of digital mental health programming, online screening and education resources. Additionally, our partner organizations will be able to better provide safe shelter for our homeless and victims of family violence and increase the health and self-sufficiency of our neighbors through rent assistance, nutritious meals and supplies.

Basic Needs
We continue to support community partners who are providing urgent assistance and resources for North Texans, such as rent assistance to prevent eviction and stabilize housing, shelter services for our homeless neighbors, nutritional meals and transportation services for seniors.

Through the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund, together, we will impact the lives of over 1.4 million North Texans. Since mid-March, we have invested nearly $3.7 million in 286 local nonprofit organizations providing critical resources for our community. Collectively, for North Texas Cares Funders have invested more than $32.3 million in support of immediate relief and recovery initiatives in North Texas.

Our team will continue to work with community advocates, leaders and partner organizations to provide new funding recommendations and adapt to the evolving needs of North Texans.

United Way is committed to strengthening education, income and health to build a better future for all North Texans. We hope you will join us in lifting up our community through a contribution to support this critical work.

The Ninth Round of Grant Recipients Include

  • A+ Charter Schools
  • Achieve
  • AES Literacy Institute Incorporated
  • Baylor Health Care System Foundation
  • Big Thought
  • Boys & Girls Clubs Collin County
  • Children at Risk
  • Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Dallas Secondary Educational Academy
  • Denton County Friends of the Family
  • Fairhill School
  • Generation You Employed
  • Girls Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
  • Green Careers Dallas
  • Groundwork Dallas
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Incarnation Place, Inc.
  • Inclusive Communities Project
  • Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders
  • LIFT
  • Mental Health America of Greater Dallas
  • Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA)
  • Metrocrest Services, Inc
  • Mi Escuelita
  • Mosaic Family Services
  • My Possibilities
  • ​Out Teach
  • Project RELO
  • Project Transformation
  • Richardson Adult Literacy Center
  • St. Cecilia Catholic School
  • Southern Dallas Link, Inc.
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Stand for Children
  • Teach for America
  • Texas Woman’s University Foundation
  • The Educator Collective
  • The Walls Project
  • Union Gospel Mission of Dallas
  • Urban Teachers
  • YearUP
  • Young Women’s Preparatory Network
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United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is a community-based social change organization that puts opportunity in the hands of all North Texans. Working with our determined supporters, we lead the charge to improve education, income and health—the building blocks of opportunity. We invite all change-seekers in our community to Live United to achieve lasting results right here at home.

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United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Communities Foundation of Texas, and The Dallas Foundation, joined by more than two dozen philanthropic funding organizations, launched North Texas Cares, which enables local nonprofits to ask for emergency financial help from all participating organizations through a streamlined online grant application.

The magnitude of this pandemic calls for innovation and proactive, strategic collaboration—at a rapid pace. North Texas Cares is the social impact community’s collective response to addressing both immediate and long-term needs of our most vulnerable populations.

Together we are enabling efficient and timely access to philanthropic dollars, ensuring those resources reach the individuals and families most in need, without placing an undue burden on the nonprofit organizations providing them.

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This article was published on: May 29, 2020