Application deadline for United Way looming

Moffat County's non-profit organizations have until the end of tomorrow's working day to apply for funding this year from United Way.

And with just two applications in-hand so far, the group's Moffat County executive director said there's no cause for worry.

"Everybody always waits to the last minute," Scott said. "We'll probably have 30 by Friday afternoon."

Scott said past years have seen a flood of applications at deadlines, which is attributed to the holidays and non-profit groups working on year-end reports.

"A lot of other grants are due this time of the year," she said.

At final count, a record $335,000 was raised in a fund-raising effort, which ended in November.

The local chapter funded 27 Moffat County non-profit groups directly last year.

The group's allocations committee in February will review applications submitted for this year and United Way's board of directors will vote on funding in March. Money won't be going out until April.

In addition to traditional agency funding, Scott said other needs -- many related to funding cuts that have impacted various Moffat County entities -- could get more United Way dollars, or first-time funding.

"Housing needs in the community are an issue -- people just being able to pay rent or damage deposits," she said.

A legal assistance program cut by the state also could get direct United Way funding, according to

Scott.

Craig attorney Rebekah A. McBride once ran weekly clinics, during which residents could receive free legal advice on civil matters. Colorado's budget woes forced the 14th Judicial District to kill the program in September.

Scott said United Way also is considering funding for an interpreter, who would work on-call assisting Moffat County non-profits with Spanish-speaking clients.

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

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