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UWTC Invites Local Non-Profits to Apply for Funding


Non-profit agencies, seated in work-groups, listen to a presentation at last year’s United Way of Transylvania County Request for Funding (RFP) agency information meeting. This year’s meeting is January 18.

NonProfit agencies are invited to apply to the United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) competitive grant process for the 2019-2020 funding cycle. The process begins with the Request for Proposal (RFP) Agency Information Meeting on Friday, January 18, from 10 am until noon in the Carlson Conference Room at Transylvania Regional Hospital.

Attendance at this meeting is required for any 501(c)3 agency planning to apply for UWTC funding. The RFP meeting is designed to generate conversations and collaborations between and among agencies.

UWTC’s Board of Directors plans to continue giving priority to applications using multi-agency collaboration to address needs in the community, with a special priority on early childhood. New funding applications will only be accepted from programs meeting those criteria.

In addition to the annual allocations fund, a separate pool of one-time matching funds is available for early childhood focused initiatives or programs that will bring in outside matching funds up to $50,000.

Last year, UWTC allocated $303,000 to support Transylvanians through local programs delivered by agency partners and put $31,228 to direct community services through TRAIN,, and 2-1-1.

“United Way of Transylvania County funds local programs that offer efficient use of resources and drive measurable, positive and lasting outcomes for our neighbors in the community. Boosting the effectiveness of local health and human services is an important UWTC goal,” explained CEO Steve Pulliam.

Agencies can see more information about UWTC’s mission, vision and areas of focus from UWTC’s webpage ( The “Resources” tab offers a drop-down list including “RFP General Guidelines.” For specific questions, call 828.883.8822.

Review Team Needed

This year’s Allocations Team Chair, Joni Pavlik, who is a volunteer, needs other community members to join the grant review team. Volunteers are encouraged to attend the RFP info meeting for agencies to get an overview of the grant process from the agency perspective.

“We need people who are willing to ask questions and make suggestions, so United Way can make good funding decisions. We want to fund programs that will help our neighbors make and sustain positive changes in their lives,” Pavlik said.

Interested? See a description of the Grant Review Team Member opportunity at or call UWTC to volunteer.

Prospective volunteers can find information about UWTC’s mission, vision and areas of focus from UWTC’s webpage ( The “Resources” tab offers a drop-down list including “RFP General Guidelines.” For specific questions, call 828.883.8822.

Schedule for Agencies

Jan 18, 10-noon: RFP meeting for agencies (volunteers welcome)

Feb 15, noon: Letters of Intent (LOI) for new programs due

Feb 22, noon: LOI responses issued

March 15, noon: RFPs due

May 31, 10-noon: funding announcements

Schedule for Volunteers

March 22, 10-noon: allocations volunteer training

April 19, noon: initial reviews due.

About United Way of Transylvania County

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) empowers people to improve their lives.  Goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

UWTC has a particular focus on early childhood education, and has established the Early Childhood Education Mobile Unit Fund to drive programs to families with young children in remote and underserved areas of the county.

Contributions support local health and human service initiatives including community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the NC 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County also awards approximately $300,000 annually to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions. 

UWTC funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, after-school and summer youth education, health services, financial education and counseling, conflict resolution training, and parenting education and support.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit  or

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