United Way Grant Application Opens March 15 - April 12

United Way of Southeast Missouri invites local nonprofits to apply for grant funding starting March 15 for our next three-year funding cycle of July 1, 2019-June 30,2022. Applications must be submitted by April 12 at midnight, CST.

The grant application is online, and any interested organization must request a unique link to the application by calling the United Way office at 573-334-9634 or sending an email to admin@unitedwayofsemo.org. United Way hopes to announce the new 2019-2022 partners by the end of June. Organizations that miss the deadline will not have another opportunity to join the United Way network of funded partners until 2022. 

United Way is a worldwide nonprofit that fights for the health, education, and income of all citizens. Each United Way supports a specific region and has the independence to manage its own grant cycle and determine which programs to invest in that will have the greatest impact on the community. While many United Ways award grants annually or bi-annually, UWSEMO opted for a three-year cycle in 2016 to give its funded partners more budgeting stability and a better opportunity to measure and demonstrate impact. 

Following the global focus on education, financial stability, and health, UWSEMO invests in programs that can work together to create lasting change. Ten years ago United Way joined many community organizations in significantly increasing the graduation rate in Cape Girardeau Public Schools, collectively bringing it up more than 20%.

According to Executive Director, Elizabeth Shelton, the organization hopes to use the same approach in creating financial stability for more citizens in Southeast Missouri with the 2019-22 grant cycle. Shelton explains, “We do not intend to lessen our commitment in other areas, but we will be especially interested in programs that can work together to help families and individuals become financially independent. Encouraging people and organizations to Live United is not just a tag line; collaboration is the key behind our success."

To ensure objectivity, each application will be reviewed by three volunteers throughout Southeast Missouri using a standard rubric. Volunteers from United Way’s Board of Directors, Community Investment Committee, and Advisory Council will help review the applications, and many more volunteers are needed. Anyone who is interested in helping to review and score the applications or who wants more information about the grant application and process is encouraged to register as a volunteer or call 573-334-9634. 

Applications that score 70% or higher will move to the second phase, allowing program representatives either to give a presentation or to receive a site visit, depending on the program. United Way’s Community Investment Committee, staff, and Board of Directors will conduct visits and hear presentations, providing a second score. The dates for site visits and presentations are set for May 20-23. 

All information and scores will be presented to the Community Investment Committee, which includes citizens from each community UWSEMO serves and its three focus areas of education, income, and health. This group determines which programs UWSEMO will bring into the United Way network and what percentage each program will be allocated from United Way’s annual community campaign. With significant support from corporate sponsors and volunteers and by maintaining a lean staff, UWSEMO is able to invest 99% of every individual donation into the carefully selected programs and partners.

Request a grant application here.






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