Local United Way sees jump in funding requests

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Funding requests have jumped 26 percent for non-profit groups dependent on Moffat County United Way, as the number of agencies seeking dollars remains constant from last year.

Some $66,920 in new requests above last year's totals will be weighed by United Way, which in 2002 dolled out $191,680 in

funding to 27 separate Moffat County

agencies.

The same number of non-profits have applied this year, according to Corrie Scott, Moffat County United Way executive director.

"Requests have jumped, but not as much as we anticipated," Scott said.

United Way will distribute funds from a final budget of about $300,000, Scott said. The exact figure will be set at a March 6 board meeting, while money won't actually start going out until April, she said.

Moreover, United Way this year expects for the first time to set aside a supplemental line item in this year's budget -- money earmarked for non-profit groups hit by state and federal budget cuts since submitting funding applications, and for cuts which may occur in the coming year, according to Scott.

Scott cited Moffat County Partners' recent loss of the $34,000 Tony Grampsas Youth Services grant -- a cut of about a third of group's overall budget -- among agencies that could benefit from the anticipated supplemental dollars.

"It's hard to say what might be out there, but these agencies will be able to come back to us this year for more money," Scott

added.

Partners -- a mentoring agency pairing adults with community children -- submitted a funding request of $12,500 to United

Way prior to the loss of the Grampsas grant.

The groups received $7,000 last year from United Way.

"We'll be leaning on the community as a whole more than we have," said Tara Jenrich, Partners' executive director.

Moffat County Food Bank, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and the Colorado West Regional Mental Health Center, have also requested monies above last year's funding, Scott said.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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