United Way extends grant applications to Feb. 1

The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee has announced the deadline for grant applications for funds from the Youth Violence Prevention Project has been extended to February 1, at 5 p.m. (The original deadline was January 18.)

Applications should be submitted to the United Way by email toMadison@UnitedWayLee.org.

The United Way and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers (UUCFM) have begun a partnership designed to reduce youth violence.  This initiative is a United Way Collaborative entitled theYouth Violence Prevention Project (YVPP). The YVPP is a community funding initiative to encourage the development of programs that will reduce youth violence and the risk factors that contribute to it.

YVPP focuses on giving grants to local youth centered organizations or communities who propose youth violence prevention projects with clear and measurable objectives. Projects may include awareness posters, guest speakers, skits, and other activities that raise awareness about violence in our community. The project will offer a total of $25,000 in grants to fund student-driven programs that address youth violence prevention and awareness. Grants will be awarded in increments of $500, up to $2,500. Projects must be in Lee County.

A student committee will review the submitted grant applications and select projects to be the recipients of the funding. Selected projects will be required to match the funding with money or in-kind donations. 

For additional information, or to apply visit: www.UnitedWayLee.org/YVP.