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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits for Programs and Projects to
Enhance the Quality of Life for Residents in Eligible Communities

2022 Community Impact Grants

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United Way of North Central Iowa

Deadline Date:

01/17/22 5:00 PM


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Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations for programs and projects to enhance the quality of life for residents in eligible communities. Eligible programs must fall into one of the following focus areas: income stability, education, and health. Programs must serve residents in one or more of the following counties: Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago, or Worth.

The goal is to fund programs that help advance the common good in the impact areas and further United Way's mission in affecting systemic change in the community. United Way wants to ensure that the programs funded will provide measurable outcomes in the impact area that will demonstrate to United Way donors and the north Iowa region, the shared commitment to fostering positive changes in the community. 

Impact areas:

  • Education: Helping community members connect with the tools they need to reach their potential
  • Income Stability: Providing connections to aid in financial stability & independence
  • Health: Increasing access to ensure health and well-being

United Way of North Central Iowa Small Grants can be used for projects such as planning, training and/or development, organizational capacity building, including strategic planning, governance and other types of organizational planning and/or development activities; community and/or human service work, and innovative solutions to local issues.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193976

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applications requesting less than $3,000 are not eligible for funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be a registered tax-exempt nonprofit organization and maintain a volunteer board that meets regularly.

Programs must serve residents in at least one or more of the following counties: Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago or Worth.

The following are not eligible for funding:
i. Programs for which previous grant compliance issues have not been addressed.
ii. Applications requesting less than $3,000
iii. Applications for political purposes, religious purposes, or programs requiring religious participation.
iv. Applications for fundraising or debt reduction
v. Applications for funds to directly benefit a specific individual or family
vi. Projects that were completed prior to the grant application
vii. Private organizations whose sole purpose is to provide lobbying, environmental, religious, or fundraising activities.
viii. Organizations that do not comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations; meet applicable state and local standards for licensing and certification within its specific discipline.
ix. Organizations with programs or activities which are contrary to the goals, aspirations, and policies of the UW of North Central Iowa or which are incompatible with the mission of the UW, as determined by the UW of North Central Iowa Board of Directors.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Intent are due January 17th at 5:00 p.m.

Submission of Letter of Intent: The LOI is the first step in our Community Impact Grant-making process. Your responses will determine your alignment with our 2022 grant cycle focus of Childhood Success, Youth Success, Access to Health and Economic Mobility. The Community Impact Committee will review each LOI to determine eligibility to complete a full proposal.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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United Way of North Central Iowa
PO Box 1465
Mason City, IA 50402

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago, and Worth counties

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