Youth Allocations

$25,000 in United Way funding available to local agencies via Student United Way project
Imagine being a teenager with $25,000 to spend!
That’s reality for 28 Logan County high-schoolers participating in the annual Student United Way program.  They are tasked with searching out the best way allocate donor dollars set aside for them from United Way’s Fall 2018 campaign.  The student leaders are now seeking funding proposals from area organizations that provide services to Logan County youth.  Applications are available by clicking here.  The deadline to apply is Tuesday January 15.  
Requests for funding will be considered for programs that serve Logan County youth under 18 in one or more of the following areas:
  • Life Skills (such as Financial Education, Decision-Making, “Adult 101,” things kids need to know upon graduation)
  • Mental Health (such as group peer support for youth and one-on-one counseling opportunities)
  • After-School / Summer / Weekend activities 

Four upperclassmen from every Logan County high school are midway through a year-long leadership development program that serves as a mini-version of the United Way volunteer experience.  Students meet once a month throughout the school year to learn about community needs and how United Way works to address them.  It allows them to visit area workplaces and service agencies, and gives them the experience of serving on a volunteer board that makes difficult funding decisions.   

The students spent their first two meetings becoming familiar with the structure of United Way, its role in the community, and some of the over-arching community needs.  Students engaged in the “Cost of Poverty Experience” poverty simulation in October and toured the Logan County Jail in December while discussing issues they see affecting lives in their schools, families, and youth organizations.  They then set parameters to determine how to spend their $25,000, and now await grant proposals from local organizations.   
For more information, call us at (937) 592-2886.


  • Applications are due by Tuesday January 15.
  • Students will begin reviewing grants at their meeting on January 17.
  • Finalists will be invited to present their case for giving to the students at their February 21 meeting (currently scheduled for 11:30 at Green Hills Community in West Liberty).
  • Students will make their final funding recommendations at their March 21 meeting.
  • Final funding decisions will be approved by the United Way Board of Trustees at their March 26 meeting, after which agencies receiving funding will be notified.
Last year, students awarded $20,000 to five recipient organizations.  The largest grant was for $10,780.  The smallest grant was for $300.  The average grant award was $4,000.