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Funding Opportunity: Youth/Teen Programming in Bayside

Women United, a giving circle of United Way of Southern Maine (UWSM), is pleased to announce a funding opportunity to provide enhanced youth/teen programming to members of its Project WIN cohort and others in Portland’s Bayside area. We are currently accepting letters from interested programs.

Women United’s primary investment is in Project WIN, a Two-Generation cohort-based program that supports low-income single mothers and their families in Portland’s Bayside area. In Fiscal Year 2022, Women United wishes to expand their Two-Generation approach by investing in more intentional and directed programming for Project WIN cohort children ages 9+ who have aged out of early care and education services in the community.   

We are seeking to fund structured youth/teen programming in proximity to (within walking distance of) Bayside Anchor. Programming should prioritize Project WIN participant children but may be open to other youth/teens in the Bayside neighborhood. Program components could include one or more of the following: age-appropriate academic supports, after-school programming, parent engagement, pre-employment/teen employment planning and placement, high school graduation, post-secondary preparation and services that promote and treat youth behavioral health..

One-time funding is available for September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022. The total investment pool is up to $75,000. (Awards may be made to one or more organizations or programs.)

Please see the below LOI form for full details.

Important Dates:

Letters of Interest Due – Thursday, July 8, 2021, at 12:00 p.m.
Applicants Notified of Invitation to Submit Full Proposal – No later than July 15, 2021
Full Proposals Due – Tuesday, August 10, 2021, by 5:00 pm
Grant Decisions Made – On or before September 15, 2021

Additional Support Resources:
What is 2Gen?
Women United website

If you have questions or would like to set up a time to discuss this opportunity, please reach out to Beth Campbell at bcampbell@unitedwaygp.org.