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Contact: Elbert Goode II, Chief Marketing Officer
CINCINNATI (Aug. 28, 2023) — The Black Empowerment Works (BEW) program, led by United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC) in partnership with bi3 and P&G Always brand, is investing $1.9 million in 53 Black-led efforts focused on building solutions and aligning systems to help families thrive. The grantees’ work is diverse, ranging from maternal and mental health to community activation and financial empowerment. Grant amounts range from $17,000 to $75,000.
With this fourth cycle of funding, BEW has awarded $5 million to 133 unique Black-led efforts since 2020.
BEW is more than a grant fund. The program’s goal is to contribute to the ecosystem of support for Black changemakers by providing access to capacity-building resources, opportunities for partnership, and by sharing power with the community. This year, 53 community members played a crucial role in reviewing almost 300 funding applications and selecting the recipients.
“United Way is committed to tackling deep-rooted problems that hold families back and building solutions that ensure economic well-being for all,” said Moira Weir, President and CEO of UWGC. “We are excited to engage with this new class of grantees, supporting them as leaders and amplifying their work. We appreciate the community members who spent a combined 1,590 hours learning and working to make these difficult decisions.”
Jena Bradley, director of Black-led Social Change at UWGC and the lead of this work, echoes the appreciation and excitement. “By shifting decision-making power to community members, we are opening ourselves up to new possibilities. By providing these kinds of flexible resources, we aim to create space for leaders to imagine new futures and bring them to life.”
2023 marks the third year of partnership with P&G Always brand and the second year with bi3. bi3 awarded a $1 million grant to Black Empowerment Works last year to establish the bi3 Health Equity Fund to support Black-led organizations working to improve health outcomes.
“bi3 recognizes that Black-led organizations are best positioned to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes in the Black community,” Jill Miller, President and CEO of bi3, said. “By partnering with those closest to the issues, we can lead the way to a day when every person has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.”
The full list of grantees is below. Additional information can be found at www.uwgc.org/bew.
With its dedicated donors, staff and partners, United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC) brings new voices and solutions to decades-old challenges so more families in our community thrive.
As the community catalyst, UWGC drives change through investments, influence and filling gaps in services to create lasting change for families today and for future generations.
UWGC does this by focusing on six investment portfolios: Housing First, NextGen Success, Equitable Economic Mobility, Improved Prevention/Stronger Communities, Ready Kids/Resilient Families and Responding to Community Needs.
Learn more about UWGC’s work underway in nine counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and how you can be part of our collective community impact at UWGC.org. #LiveUnited
bi3 transforms health for all people in Greater Cincinnati by fueling innovation and health equity through grantmaking. bi3 leverages its strategic partnership with TriHealth and partners with community-based organizations to spark and scale new solutions to deep-seated community health issues, envisioning a day when all people in Greater Cincinnati achieve their best health. Learn more at www.bi3.org.