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ROCKINGHAM — Nonprofit groups have roughly three weeks to apply for 2015 community investment grants from the United Way of Richmond County, the agency announced this week.

The United Way is accepting preliminary grant applications and letters of intent now through July 18. Agencies accepted for consideration will be invited to submit detailed grant applications in September.

“Our goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of problems,” Executive Director Michelle Parrish wrote in a Tuesday letter to prospective grant applicants. “I find this the most satisfying part of my job — investing in the success of our agencies and learning more about the wonderful programs our community agencies provide to meet critical human needs in our community.”

Agencies are asked to submit a “very short” letter of intent to apply for funding. Preliminary applications can be mailed or hand-delivered but must be received by noon July 18. Parrish said no late applications will be accepted.

Applications will include completed forms and 13 copies of the agency’s letter of intent.

“We are asking for less information about your agency and more about the program for which you are seeking funding,” Parrish wrote. “You will be asked to specify clearly the anticipated outcome of your program. Please tell us what you are attempting to do, why there is a need for it, the expected outcome and how you will know if you have achieved this outcome. As much as possible, this information should be quantified.”

Prior United Way funding does not guarantee funding in 2015, Parrish noted. The United Way of Richmond County Board of Directors and allocation committee will evaluate all applications.

In order to apply, agencies must provide health and human services programs in Richmond County. They should be registered nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) or equivalent IRS nonprofit status.

Schools and governmental organizations can apply for grants to fund specific programs or projects that do not already receive taxpayer money, according to the United Way.

Political campaigns, loan payments or deficit spending, services normally supported by tax dollars and capital campaigns for buildings and facilities are not eligible for funding.

The United Way has ranked its 2015 funding priorities from highest to lowest as follows: Strengthening and supporting families; empowering children and youth to succeed; crisis services; and promoting health and wellness.

Application guidelines and forms are available at the United Way of Richmond County office, 208 E. Franklin St., Suite F, Rockingham, or by email at michelleparrish@bellsouth.net.

Agency representatives with questions on the application process can email Parrish or call 910-997-2173.

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