Community Impact Grant

Investing in our Quad Cities Community

By supporting United Way through donations, volunteering and advocacy, YOU are improving the lives of thousands of your friends and neighbors in the Quad Cities, making OUR community a better place to live. United Way Quad Cities (UWQC) pledges to you that all contributions will be invested wisely and locally – with a direct and immediate impact on our community.

All funding allocations are determined through a rigorous community-based decision-making process. Visit our Past Investments page to view our FY22-23 funding allocations.

Volunteer Resources

Past Investments

FY24 Community Impact Grant Timeline

The application for the FY24 Community Impact Grant is now closed. Please continue to check our Funding Opportunities page for future opportunities.

Last fall, United Way’s Community Impact team worked with a community task force to complete an equity review of the investment process. Changes have been made this funding cycle to increase equity and access to funds for all non-profits serving vulnerable and marginalized populations, including grassroots and minority-led organizations.

December-January:

The community applied for grant funding under the strategy areas of education, income and health.

February - March:

Panels of 12+ volunteers review applications and financial information.

April:

Panels make recommendations for funding allocation.

May:

The United Way Board reviews funding recommendations for final approval. Applicants are notified of funding decisions.

Resources

All United Way investments are required to align to the areas of Education, Income and Health as defined by the Community Impact Plan: Results, Strategies and Performance Measures and are required to demonstrate measurable results.

  • We seek to provide equitable funding opportunities inclusive of all organizations working to move the needle in the education, health and income strategy areas. This includes lifting up grassroots and minority-led organizations and organizations serving vulnerable and marginalized populations. UWQC defines a grassroots organization as a community-based organization or organized group of individuals who have identified a specific issue/problem and is working collectively toward a solution.
  • United Way values innovation, collaboration, measurement and evaluation to show impact. We believe:
    • Creativity and innovation are encouraged.
    • Collaborative efforts are encouraged among agencies to work together to maximize impact and leverage limited resources and lessons learned among partners, especially those involving partners across pillars (education, income and health).
    • Measurement and evaluation provides:
      • Feedback to learn, adjust, and decide how to best achieve outcomes.
      • An objective way to evaluate impact.
      • A method to share successes and best practices with other partners and the community.
  • Volunteers should consider the impact of their investment decisions. We ask volunteers to ensure funding amounts are significant enough to achieve measurable results.
  • Proposals under consideration are evaluated under the following criteria:
    • Cost-Efficient and Effective Service Provision (20%)
    • Community Needs/Impact (40%)
    • Collaboration (10%)
    • Results (30%)
  • Priority should be given to organizations serving marginalized and vulnerable populations.
  • Agencies should articulately report on the results they are achieving in order to communicate to our donors and the community the impact of our investment.
  • United Way encourages agencies to have diverse sources of funding.
  • United Way will conduct due diligence to determine the financial stability, management capacity and organizational fit to execute the proposal submitted.

Organizations applying for United Way Quad Cities (UWQC) funding, whether through the annual Community Impact Grant or other special funding opportunities, must meet the below criteria for each level of funding requested.

NOTE: United Way has three levels of eligibility based on the TOTAL amount of funding being requested. Applicants are encouraged to contact United Way for support throughout the application and funding process.

Example: An applicant for Community Impact funds, submitting an application that requests $3,000 for one Strategy (health) and $3,000 for another Strategy (education), has a total request of $6,000, and would therefore fit under Category 2.

Category 1: Requests between $0 - $4,999

The lead organization must be a non-profit 501(c)(3) or can demonstrate a legal relationship with an established 501(c)(3) to act as an organization’s fiscal agent.

For example: If a grassroots organization is working with a school on an innovative solution to address transportation, but the organization is not established as a 501c(3), the school can serve as the fiscal agent while the organization manages the program.

1. In the event the awarded entity is not a 501(c)3 and does not have a fiscal agent who is a 501(c)3 or section 170 organization, UWQC cannot award funds to fund a project.

a. UWQC will maintain the awarded funds and either:

i. Pay expenses associated to the project directly to the vendor or provider.

ii. Reimburse the entity for covered expenses of the project.

b. UWQC will be listed as funding sponsor or partner on the awarded project.

2. Mission statement and Board of Directors roster, with Officers listed if applicable.

3. Complete Patriot Act Anti-Terrorism Compliance Form.

Category 2: Requests between $5,000 - $24,999

1. Agency is a recognized 501(c)3 or section 170 organization

a. IRS certification of above status must be provided.

b. Tax ID or EIN number must be provided to UWQC.

c. Annual IRS Form 990:

i. Must be filed in a timely fashion according to IRS guidelines.

ii. Entity must complete the 990 appropriate for their annual revenue level.

iii. Provide 990 to UWQC, along with proof of filing status/date.

In the event that the applicant is not a 501(c)3 or section 170 organization they must have a fiscal agent secured that meets the necessary requirements as specified above.

2. Mission statement and Board of Directors roster, with Officers listed.

3. Provide copy of fiscal year ending Balance Sheet and Income Statement.

4. Complete Patriot Act Anti-Terrorism Compliance Form.

Category 3: Requests $25,000 and above

1. Agency is a recognized 501(c)3 or section 170 organization

a. IRS certification of above status must be provided.

b. Tax ID or EIN number must be provided to UWQC.

c. Annual IRS Form 990:

i. Must be filed in a timely fashion according to IRS guidelines.

ii. Entity must complete the 990 appropriate for their annual revenue level.

iii. Provide 990 to UWQC, along with proof of filing status/date.

In the event that the applicant is not a 501(c)3 or section 170 organization they must have a fiscal agent secured that meets the necessary requirements as specified above.

2. Mission statement and Board of Directors roster, with Officers listed.

3. Annual audited financial statements

a. Agencies with annual budgets of up to $249,999, must submit a financial review prepared by a CPA

b. Agencies with annual budgets of $250,000 and higher, must submit a CPA prepared independent audit. CPA firm issues an opinion on the audited financials.

c. Complete Patriot Act Anti-Terrorism Compliance Form.

For clarification or further information, contact Kate Horberg at khorberg@unitedwayqc.org

*UWQC may use Charity Navigator, GuideStar, Department of Treasury or IRS to further evaluate the eligibility of the organization.

** Agencies receiving multi-year investments will be required to provide updated eligibility verification documents on an annual basis.

Community Impact Panel

Questions? Contact a Community Impact team member:

Marci Zogg
Vice President of Community Impact
563.344.0334
mzogg@unitedwayqc.org

Kate Horberg
Director of Education Innovation
563.344.0338
khorberg@unitedwayqc.org

Trisha Piekarczyk
Data and Research Manager
563.344.0339
tpiekarczyk@unitedwayqc.org