United Way to open competitive grant cycle Aug. 1

United Way of Northwest Louisiana will begin accepting applications for its 2019-2020 competitive grant cycle on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

Any nonprofit organization serving the ten parish region of Northwest Louisiana with a focus on health, education, financial stability or essential needs is encouraged to apply.

Annually, the United Way of Northwest Louisiana partners with the Community Foundation of North Louisiana for the annual competitive grant process to further promote positive change in the community. By combining efforts into one competitive grant process, United Way strengthens the strategic investments into our region, while reducing administrative costs.

Interested organizations must have a 501(c)3 status prior to submitting the application and are required to attend at least one mandatory orientation session prior to submitting the application. Five orientation sessions are offered from July 25 – August 2. Reservations are required and sessions will be held at Community Central, 401 Edwards St. in Shreveport.

The application process has two phases. For the first phase, applicants will submit a proposed project, program budget, and organizational information. The deadline for submitting a Phase One application is 4pm on August 21, 2018. These applications will be reviewed by a committee of volunteers who will select organizations to proceed to the next phase. Phase Two applications will be due by 4pm on November 15, 2018.

For further information on the process, eligibility guidelines or to register for one of the required sessions, visit www.unitedwaynwla.org/about-us/grant-opportunities/<http://www.unitedwaynwla.org/about-us/grant-opportunities/>.