2021 Small Grants 


The United Way of North Central Iowa Small Grants program will make awards of up to $3,000 per year to a non-profit organization located and serving the UWNCI region, which includes Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago, and Worth Counties.  United Way of North Central Iowa has set aside funding for use during each fiscal year (July 1-June 30) to provide small grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in our service area.  The intent of the Small Grants program is to provide support for community projects, programs or initiatives in need of small, one-time grant that aligns with UWNCI Impact Areas, and projects that help grow nonprofit capacity.

United Way of North Central Iowa 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 & 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.

Funding Guidelines

  • Small grants of up to $3,000 are available for qualified projects.
  • One grant per organization, per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
  • Funding will support programs, projects, or initiatives that have clear alignment to the Community Impact Priorities and serve people within the UWNCI service area.
  • Funding will not be used to support capital campaigns or event sponsorships.

Grant Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be incorporated and actively conducting business at the time of application and serving at least one of the eight counties in the United Way of North Central Iowa service area (Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago, or Worth Counties) or associated United Way of North Central Iowa Zip Codes.
  • Qualify under the IRS Code as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization or be a legally established public entity with the Iowa Secretary of State.  Current United Way Partner Agencies and non-United Way Partner Agencies may apply.
  • Be governed by an active volunteer board of directors or its equivalent, consisting of members in the general community.
  • Applicants may not apply for programs receiving funding through Venture Grants or Community Impact Funding.


Evaluation of Proposals: United Way of North Central Iowa will award matching funds through a competitive process.  The United Way Small Grants Committee will evaluate all proposals based on the following criteria:

  1. Organizational Capacity to complete program goals and objectives
  2. Program impact
  3. Program sustainability
  4. Budget
  5. Grant alignment with United Way Impact Areas

Small Grant Award:  Organizations, as a provision of accepting Small Grant Funding, must provide an end of the year program report including:

  1. Number of people receiving services as a result of the grant award and a summary of the project outcomes
  2. A description of how grant funding impacted reaching the intent of the program

Application Submission

Small Grant applications are due October 29th by 4:00 p.m.  No late applications will be accepted.  Dispersal of Small Grants funding is dependent on the amount of funds in the Small Grant Funds and the subsequent award or denial of the grant for which the agency is applying. 


Please include the following with application submission:

  •   Completed, signed application-(1) one hard copy and (1) e-copy, paper-clipped and three-hole-punched
  •   IRS Tax Exemption Letter-(1) copy
  •   Organizational Attachments (This includes any relevant, supplemental information that supports your application for funding)-(1) copy
  • Applications are due October 29th by 3:00 p.m.


Download the application