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Barry County United Way allocation applications now available

The Barry County United Way allocations applications are now available for the 2020-21 funding year.

Agencies applying for funding must be a health and human service charitable organization 501(c) 3 as determined by the Internal Revenue Service or be a 501(c), incorporated entity in the state of Michigan.

The not-for-profit agency must provide services to Barry County residents in one of the four funding areas:


-Helping youth achieve their full potential

-Supporting families to achieve well being and success

-Assisting senior adults find support and maintain independence

-Addressing urgent and emerging needs in Barry County


Agencies have the opportunity to apply for available funding through the allocations process that begins with filling out the application. Submissions are due before Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. and are available at the Barry County United Way office, 231 S. Broadway, Hastings or online at under the

Each year, more than 30 local volunteers on the allocations committee meet with the applicants to evaluate the health and human service care programs, including how successful they are in improving the lives of local residents through measurable results.

As a result, in 2018 more than 60,000 times, residents of Barry County utilized services of United Way and its partner agencies. This is possible thanks to the many contributions made throughout the United Way campaign currently underway in the community.

“The goal for this year’s campaign of $650,000 is based on what agencies have said they need to continue programming in our community” Courtney Collison, allocations chairperson, said.

Currently the campaign is at $302,654, or 46.6 percent of the goal.

“We are encouraged by the early support of the campaign,” Collison said.

Anyone interested in hosting a United Way campaign at a place of business or who would like to make a contribution, may call the Barry County United Way office, 269-945-4010.

One hundred percent of contributions are distributed throughout our community thanks to the Florence Tyden-Groos Administrative Endowment Fund held by the Barry Community Foundation.

Additional questions may be directed to Lani Forbes, 269-945-4010.


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