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Click to Watch: United Way Quad Cities President and CEO Rene Gellerman meets with local nonprofits during a June 2 Zoom Meeting to discuss grant application changes.
United Way Quad Cities is adjusting its funding process this year to address the needs of local nonprofits that have seen their operations and funding impacted by coronavirus and to assist with the area’s long-term recovery.
As stewards of our region’s philanthropic investments, United Way must ensure we are addressing the very serious essential needs and education, income and health challenges that have come into sharper focus with the COVID-19 crisis. “Business as usual” is neither a responsible nor effective strategy at this time, therefore, United Way is halting the Annual Strategic Impact Grant process that started earlier this year and reopening for new applications to better reflect the current community needs and the capacity of our nonprofit organizations.  
Our aim is to be as transparent and clear as possible with our nonprofits, donors and stakeholders. Please see our FAQ to assist you in understanding where we’re adjusting processes for the benefit of our partners and the region.
  • Learn more about this year’s funding changes — read the FAQ.



• All health & human services 501(c)(3) and 170 (b) organizations in Scott or Rock Island counties are eligible to apply to address evolving essential needs and unique challenges from the impact of COVID-19 and affect education, income and health outcomes across our community.
• Applications currently being accepted
• Next deadline: Monday, Sept. 21 at noon
Grants are available to organizations:
  • Providing essential needs like, food, shelter, hygiene items for our most vulnerable populations;
  • Getting kids back on track for learning and succeeding in school and life;
  • Addressing the immediate economic impact for many workers, particularly in the service and retail industries with tangible solutions and resources – getting people back to work and financially stable;
  • Ensuring the health and emotional wellness of our children and adults.

• See instructions on how to apply here.
• For more details about the COVID-19 Rebuilding Fund, click here.
• COVID-19 Rebuilding Fund applications will be accepted throughout the year and reviewed on a quarterly basis.

In order to be eligible for funding for either opportunity, the applicant organization must:
  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or 170(b) government entity
  • Have been in operation for more than two years
  • Follow industry-standard accounting practices
  • Have an established non-discrimination policy
  • Have a volunteer board (nonprofits only)



For more information, email Chief Operating Officer & Vice President of Community Impact Karrie Abbott at or call her at 563.344.0330.