Nonprofit groups can apply for United Way eligibility

Organizations that want to apply for program funding from United Way of Mesa County must complete an eligibility review to begin the process for the funding cycle beginning July 1, 2013.

United Way dollars support programs that address human service needs in Mesa County.

To be considered eligible for funding, an organization must meet the following criteria:

■ Tax-exempt status under IRS 501(c)(3) and incorporated as a nonprofit group for at least two years as of Oct. 1, 2012

■ Written bylaws, that accurately describe the agency structure, mission and operations

■ Local Board of Directors or Advisory Board/Council that governs the affairs of the organization, meeting at least four times a year, keeping minutes of its meetings

■ Policy of non-discrimination in compliance with all state and federal laws, applicable to persons served, staff employment and membership on its governing board

■ Annual audit or a financial review prepared by an independent Certified Public Accountant

■ At least one staff person, salaried or unsalaried, assigned at least half-time, to conduct and/or administer the activities of the organization.

To receive an eligibility packet, please call United Way of Mesa County at 243-5364.

Postmark deadline for return is Oct. 26. Eligible organizations will have access to the Program Funding Application beginning Nov. 1.

A diverse group of local volunteers will review program applications and financial information, visit the program sites, and make funding recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors for approval.


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