United Way Women’s Leadership Council Offers GRACES Grants



 Cape Girardeau – GRACES Grants are available for up to $1,000 from GRACES, the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Southeast Missouri. The grants are open to any group with a project or service that supports United Way’s mission of building a stronger, healthier community and falls within the organization’s focus areas of education, income and health. The grant deadline is Friday, February 5, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

GRACES stands for Giving Responsibly, Advocating for the Community, Excelling in Service. The GRACES Grants, which are funded through membership dues and donations, are designed to further the mission of United Way to unite people and resources that build a stronger, healthier community. GRACES members will determine which projects or organizations will receive grant money.

Elizabeth Shelton, Executive Director of United Way explains, “All women in the area who want to network with other women committed to improving our community are encouraged to join GRACES. Our membership includes women of all backgrounds and ages. We are very excited about the grants and the opportunity they bring to the community. We hope these grants will help introduce more women to GRACES and more organizations to United Way.”

Women who are interested in learning more about GRACES and the grants the GRACES members will vote on are invited to a ‘Potluck Appetizer Party’ on Thursday, February 18.The event will be held at United Way, 430A Broadway, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Beverages will be provided, but attendees should RSVP and bring an appetizer. Information and registration for the event, along with GRACES Grants guidelines and application, can be found at or by visiting Graces of SEMO on Facebook, or calling (573) 334-9634.

United Way of Southeast Missouri is able to connect community members with resources thanks to the support of donors and volunteers combined with corporate gifts and sponsorships. The major sponsors for the 2015 campaign are SoutheastHEALTH and Montgomery Bank with additional support from The Bank of Missouri and Drury Southwest.

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