2019 – 2020 Program Grant Cycle

United Way of South Central Illinois Seeks Applications for 2019 – 2020 Program Grant Cycle


The United Way of South Central Illinois announces the opening of its 2019-2020 grant cycle which includes funds provided by United Way of South Central Illinois (UWSCI).  Please call United Way of South Central Illinois at (618) 242-8000 or email Kay@uwsci.org with any questions.

Funding will be allocated to non-profit partner agencies that administer programs addressing the root causes of poverty within the areas of education, financial stability and health.

United Way of South Central Illinois serves 32 zip codes in 6 counties including Edwards, Jefferson, Marion, Wabash, Wayne and Washington counties.  In addition, agencies must meet the following qualifications: Be a local non-profit tax-exempt corporation; provide health and human services locally; meet financial reporting standards; be controlled by a voting Board of Directors; be able to provide an annual audit prepared by an independent CPA; and have administrative expenses under 25% of their total agency budget.

Agencies that meet the eligibility requirements will then be recommended to the Citizen Review Panel for further study. Citizen Review Panels (CRP) are comprised of community volunteers who evaluate the performance of United Way community partners in serving the needs of our community. The CRP then makes recommendations for funding allocations to United Way's Board of Directors. They also ensure that the community partners deliver quality programs efficiently and effectively.

All agencies applying for program funding must meet the minimum eligibility criteria outlined in the application and submit their application by the May 24, 2019.

Interviews with the Citizen Review Panel will take place on June 5th and 6th. Twelve volunteers are needed to evaluate program applications. If you are interested in serving on the Citizen Review Panel, please contact the United Way office at 618-242-8000 for further information.

More information about United Way of South Central Illinois: UWSCI serves 32 zip codes in 6 counties including Edwards, Jefferson, Marion, Wabash, Wayne and Washington counties. By focusing on the building blocks of a good life - quality education, stable income and good health - United Way exists to mobilize people, multiply investments and maximize opportunities so people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives. Visit www.uwsci.org or join us on Facebook.

Documents necessary to apply for funding for the 20192- grant cycle are listed below. Please fully complete these documents and provide the requested attachments. As stewards of the community’s trust and contributions United Way volunteers carefully assess each agency and the programs using Quality Standards and their collective knowledge to determine whether an agency meets the criteria to be considered for funding. Community resources are extremely limited, grant awards will be very competitive as a result it is necessary that funds will be directed first towards programs that are specific to the community goals listed below:


·       Helping children and youth achieve their potential

·       Quality child care

·       School readiness

·       Academic Completion


·       Promoting Financial Stability and Independence

·       Maximized Income

·       Increasing families savings

·       Financial assets for long term stability


·       Improving people’s health

·       Preventative/everyday healthcare

·       healthier teens, drug-free within weight and reduced pregnancy rates

Programs working to impact Education receive the highest priority. We encourage you to develop or enhance programs that work within these building blocks of a good life for all and use those to submit to us for future consideration. Nationwide United Ways have aggressive 10 year goals to dramatically create real change in these areas. Our board of directors may still choose to direct some funding in traditional good quality programs that work in other areas and that are considered “safety net” programs, however we have already began to shift the majority of funding towards programs addressing these identified needs.



1.        Deadline for all application submissions is Friday, May 23 2019.

2.        Citizen Review Panel Interviews will be held June 5 & 6.

3.        Agencies will be notified via email of their exact interview date and time. Tentatively interviews will be scheduled based upon the categories of community impact programs. This is subject to changed based upon the volume of applications received within each category.

4.        Funding decisions will be voted on by the UWSCI Board of Directors at the June board meeting.

5.        Agencies will be notified of funding decisions TBD.

If you have questions or need further assistance please feel free to contact the United Way office at 242-8000.


Click here for the grant application 

Click here for the grant guidelines

Click here for the statement of agreement