SOCIAL INNOVATION

AT UNITED WAY OF EAST TN HIGHLANDS
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ABOUT THE SOCIAL INNOVATION FUND

The United Way of East TN Highlands created the Social Innovation Fund in 2020. The fund is used to support new programs aimed to meet social needs by filling gaps in our community related to health, education, or financial stability. Nonprofit or community organizations with programs less than 2 years old are eligible to apply. You must be a 501(c)3 or covered under one in order to apply.

 

How Funds Are Distributed

ETSU’s Student Government Association (SGA), along with a few key volunteers from our community will come together to review all of the applications for funding. Through this process, the group will look to narrow it down to up to six finalists. All three finalists will be invited to participate in United Way’s Annual Problem Solving Pitches event (a live pitch competition, where they will be judged by a local panel of  the entire crowd in attendance (so invite your friends if you are pitching!) on May 13,2021 in the evening.

The amount of funds available will determine the amount of funds available. In Spring of 2021, the Social Innovation Fund plans do distribute it’s first round of funding with a total of at least $30,000 available with the intent of awarding three $10,000 grants.

 

PREVIOUS GRANT WINNERS

2021

Johnson County Senior Center – MyRide

MyRide TN of Johnson County is a senior-friendly program that offers door-through-door transportation that is provided by a well-screened and trained volunteer staff.

Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians – Girl Scouts Make a rpl. Effect

This program connects Girl Scouts with peer Girl Scouts who have successfully completed their High Awards, Girl Scout alumni, as well as vetted adult experts in their respected fields.

Northeast TN / Southwest VA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Alliance

This alliance intends to build regional awareness and understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion for all people of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

WHAT WE DO


United Way brings communities together to focus on the most important human needs-building partnerships, forging consensus and leveraging resources to make a measurable difference.

GET INVOLVED


There are so many ways to get involved with United Way of East TN Highlands. From volunteering to fundraising opportunities, we are ready to have you as a part of the United Way team!

WHO WE SERVE

United Way of East TN Highlands serves Washington, Carter, Johnson & Southern Sullivan Counties of Northeast Tennessee.

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