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United Way Starts Grant Application Process

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It's the season of giving and as part of the holidays, the United Way of Butte and Anaconda announced its annual grant application process is officially open.

One year ago the United Way of Butte and Anaconda handed out more than $100,000 in grant money.

That money was given to 18 local non-profit organizations.

The organization is ready to give again, and they're currently accepting grant applications from the non-profits.

"Certainly what we provide to them is not their total funding," said Bill Balling with United Way of Butte and Anaconda. "They get money elsewhere. But they do rely on the money that we provide to them."

The United Way promotes education, financial stability, and improving lives.

The total grant money the organization can give out to local non-profits depends on how much the United Way can raise during the year.

"Everything that we give out in grant money is dependent upon what we get in donations from local businesses and community folks," Balling said.

The grant money is handed out in different totals to the non-profits, based on what they ask for in the application.

The United Way board then decides how much to give each non-profit.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Butte has partnered with the United Way since 1967.

"These grants are more important because some of our funding has been reduced," said Linda Palagi, executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butte. "There's been some businesses that have closed. People that we have relied on in the past have moved away. So we are looking for more grant money."

The grant applications must be turned into the United Way office by January 24.

The grants will be announced at the end of February.

For more information, click here.

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