Episode 6 | Positive Change: Katy Sursa’s Grant Journey at UPC of Arkansas With GrantWatch

Welcome to GrantTalk, powered by GrantWatch. In Episode 6, we delve into the dynamic world of grant writing with Katy Sursa. She is a force for change at UCP United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas. Join host Libby Hikind as she uncovers the remarkable story of Katy’s journey, fueled by passion, perseverance, and a subscription to GrantWatch.com.

In this engaging dialogue on GrantTalk, Katy shares her transformation from a writing enthusiast to a grant coordination powerhouse, propelled by a desire to make a difference. As Director of Community Development at UCP Arkansas, she champions initiatives that empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including her own daughter, Emma.

Passion and UCP Programs

Katy’s passion for inclusive education shines throughout the GrantTalk interview, as she highlights the profound impact of nurturing environments on individual growth and societal cohesion. Through UCP Arkansas’s diverse programs, ranging from adult services to preschool education, Katy and team foster a culture of empathy and empowerment, ensuring that every individual has the opportunity to thrive.

A Partnership with GrantWatch

Amidst the challenges of grant writing, the UCPs partnership with GrantWatch is a beacon of support and opportunity. From uncovering federal grants like the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to accessing state-level funding, GrantWatch provides UCP with the tools they need to navigate the complex grant landscape with confidence and precision.

Grant Funding

As Katy reflects on her organization’s achievements. This includes securing over a million dollars in grant funding, her dedication to elevating wages and enhancing services shines through. With each grant secured, UCP Arkansas moves closer to its vision of a more inclusive and equitable society, where every individual has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

  • Dept of Transportation (DOT): 2 handicapped transportation vans worth around $ 170,000
  • The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA): This funding allowed them to provide employee bonuses, among other things.
  • State Government Grants: Funding sources include the army and the Department of Human Services DHS. These state grants totaled around $330,000 and UCP was able to fully remodel their preschool. They replaced the roof, the floors, HVAC units, and outfitted the facility with new furniture and toys.

All in the Family

In a touching moment, Katy introduces her daughter, Emma, who embodies the spirit of resilience and possibility. Emma’s journey serves as a powerful reminder of the transformative impact of inclusion and acceptance. Watch to the end and meet Katy’s daughter!

In closing, Libby invites viewers to join the GrantWatch community, where opportunities abound and dreams become reality. With GrantWatch as their trusted guide, grant seekers like Katy unlock a world of possibilities.

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