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United Way Announces 2021 Grant Recipients

United Way of Northeast Georgia

The United Way of Northeast Georgia recently announced its 2021 Grant Recipients. The 23 area organizations that have been selected must provide programming in one of three pillars of the United Way, they are: basic needs, early childhood success, and workforce development. 


Kay Keller is President and CEO of the nonprofit.


“They will be funded starting in January, and they will be funded quarterly, and then they will report back to us how they’re actually making an impact in moving the needle, so this is very exciting. We supported organizations in the past and we’re supporting those efforts moving forward and so this gives us the ability to really show that we're able to move the needle in those three focus areas, and we've always funded great organizations that do great work.”

The grants are a part of the agency’s transition from a Community Chest type of assistance to Community Impact. 

“With this new model change, we will now be funding programs on a year-long grant. Applicants apply in May of each year and then, in the following months, our grant review panelists review and evaluate those applications. In 2020, or in 2021 funding, we took in 45 applications for programs across a 12-county region.”

Grant funds are doled out on a quarterly basis. 

The United Way serves several organizations/partners in a 12-county area. 

Visit www.unitedwaynega.org for more information or to donate. 


Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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