Karnett Trust Grant Available Through United Way of the Midlands

Mar 16, 2017

The United Way of the Midlands is accepting applications for a Karnett Trust Grant from non-profit agencies serving children up to age 21 with intellectual disabilities. 

Mariel Harding, Director of Health and Food Security for UWM, says a wide variety of programs would be considered eligible for this three year, step-down grant. 

“It can be anything from helping them with daily living skills or learning about taking care of themselves, counting money, education for caregivers such as parents or foster parents, training, workforce development, things like that. Or it could be things like therapy, clinical-based care. So really, there’s a wide-breadth of programs that we would look at, really focused on helping children with intellectual disabilities thrive.” 

Harding says the Karnett family oversaw this endowment from the mid-1900s until 2012, when they turned it over to the United Way to administer. She said the maximum amount for the first year of this three-year grant cannot exceed $100,000, for the second year $75,000, and for the third $50,000. Additionally, agencies need to show that they can sustain the program after the grant funding ends.

The application deadline is April 7th, and it is open to 501 (c) (3) organizations in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties.

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