The United Way of the Tri-Valley Area’s 2012-13 Community Investment Allocation process has begun. Non-profit agencies that provide programs and services meeting the health and human service needs of Franklin County and Livermore/ Livermore Falls are encouraged to submit application materials which are available online at uwtva.org/advocate, email [email protected] or call 778-5048.

According to a press release, applications, due Friday, Dec. 21, are reviewed by the United Way Allocation Committee comprised of staff and volunteers. Applicants are interviewed in January as part of this volunteer-led process. New applicants must complete a brief eligibility form, also available online.

UWTVA has established the following funding priorities for 2012: strengthening children and families; increasing independence and financial stability; improving health; and meeting basic needs and responding to emergencies. Collaboration among applicant organizations will strengthen proposals. Sixteen programs were funded in 2011-12, including the Ecumenical Heating Fund and Franklin County Children’s Task Force, as well as two new programs — Western Maine Community Action’s Keeping Seniors Home Program and Tri-County Mental Health Services Veteran’s Support program.

If you would like to be a part of the Allocations Committee, call the United Way at 778-5048.