UNITE Foundation for Union County MS
Union County/New Albany Initiative to Excel (UNITE) is a non-profit organization, operating as an affiliate of CREATE Foundation. Its purpose is to improve the quality of life for individuals in Union County. The Board of Directors manages the grant process by receiving and evaluating grant applications and making recommendations to the CREATE board for final approval.

UNITE only considers grant applications from non-profit, tax-exempt organizations providing services to Union County. UNITE considers requests for funding of startup projects and/or projects that show expansion of programs/services. UNITE typically does not provide funding for salaries, building projects, or continuing operational support to sustain programs or projects.

Grant Recipients
With the first gift to UNITE made in January 2002, many individuals expressed a desire to give back to their community. Through contributions and pledges, UNITE met its goal to raise $200,000. CREATE Foundation then granted an additional $100,000. As a result, in December 2003 UNITE awarded their first grants in Union County.

The UNITE endowment balance exceeds $700,000 and UNITE has awarded more than $330,000 to non-profit organizations in our community. Based on the percentage of grant disbursements to money raised locally, UNITE is ranked number one among all of the CREATE affiliates.

Those receiving funds were:

American Red Cross
Boys & Girls Club of New Albany
Excel by 5 Early Childhood Education
East Union Attendance Center
First Choice of Union County
Good Samaritan Center
Helping Hands of Union County
Ingomar School
Junior Auxiliary of New Albany
Parkgate Pregnancy Center
Leadership Union County
Lighthouse Enrichment Center
Magnolia Civic Center
Myrtle Library
Keep New Albany/Union County Beautiful
New Albany City Beautification
New Albany Garden Club
New Albany Main Street Association
New Albany Symphony League
New Haven Center for Special Needs Adults
Northeast Mississippi Community College
ParkĀ  Along the River
Rainbow Learning Center
Tallahatchie Riverfest / UCDA
Tallahatchie River Players
Union County Habitat for Humanity
Union County Heritage Museum & Historical Society
Union County Library
Union County Literacy Council
Union County Master Gardeners
Union County Lighthouse Enrichment Center
New Albany Sportsplex Facility
Agape Health Services, Inc.
BNA Park
Community Tennis Association
Pilot Club of New Albany
Magnolia Recreation and Resource Center

UNITE Application

Board Reviews Applications

Contributions, memorials, or honorariums may be mailed to

P. O. Box 125
New Albany, MS 38652.

Recent Grant Recipients
Recent grant recipients

James Hugh Ray Community Affiliate Award
The award commemorates James Hugh Ray's many contributions to our region and to the CREATE Foundation. Mr. Ray served with loyalty and integrity on both the Journal and CREATE Boards and became the legal architect and advisor for establishing the CREATE Foundation.

Like, Mr. Ray, UNITE has distinguished itself with many contributions to Union County. Established in 2000, UNITE projects include reading and tutoring programs for the disadvantaged, repairing homes for the elderly and needy, and providing disaster relief. Organizations supported by UNITE include Boys and Girls Club, Union County Heritage Museum, New Haven Center for Special Needs Adults, and Good Samaritan plus many others. UNITE serves to bring lasting, positive change to the people of Union County.

Union County Historical Society and Heritage Museum
Enlightens, enriches and educates the public in the social, political, cultural, economic and natural history of Union County from the earliest times to the present by collecting, researching, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting artifacts and materials as they relate to Union County's heritage.

Taylor Moore Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
To honor the memory of their son, Taylor, Bobby and Minerva Moore of New Albany established this scholarship fund in December, 2003. The scholarship will be awarded annually to help further the education of a graduate of New Albany High School.

Dean Provence Endowment for Excellence in Education
Founded by Dean Provence in 1986 and renamed upon his death in 1992 in honor of his memory and his dedication to educaiton, this fund provides educational opportunities for the students of New Albany Public Schools that are not ordinarily provided by the regular school budget.

Joan and Bill Morris Scholarship Fund

P.O. Box 125
New Albany, Mississippi 38652
Call us at (662) 316-0808