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Forsyth County News

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Organizations interested in applying for this year’s Community Impact Grants from United Way of Forsyth County should contact Melissa Corliss at (770) 781-4110 or

Organizations that help Forsyth County residents are invited to apply for grant funding from United Way.

Melissa Corliss, director of community impact with the local office, said funding will be awarded this fall through the 2012 Community Impact Grant Program.

“The grants are available to nonprofit organizations, schools and other governmental entities in the county,” she said. “They have to be within Forsyth County, serving Forsyth County residents.

“[Grants] are for those organizations who have programs or projects that are in our emphasis areas.”

Those areas include: Assisting the elderly; promoting self-sufficiency; helping to meet basic needs; and supporting health services.

Agencies or projects could also fall in the areas of providing crisis and emergency services; helping children and youth develop into productive adults; or providing services to citizens with special needs.

Corliss said grants will be awarded in amounts up to $5,000.The funding is not available to any of the local United Way’s partner agencies, which annually receive funding.

“This is not funding for our partner agencies,” Corliss said. “This is for outside organizations.”

Each year, Corliss said, the local United Way evaluates its funding in hopes of making the grants available.

“It’s not guaranteed every year, but if we do have funding available we do offer it,” she said. “At this time of year, we take a look and see how our campaign was, what funding we have available and make a decision.”

Corliss said the grant funding has been offered every year since 2000.

Interested organizations have until Sept. 21 to apply for the funding.

“It’s normally October before we announce the awards,” she said, noting there is not a specific number of grants that will be awarded.