How Funding Works

Agency certification

Agencies must submit all required documentation for certification and receive approval after the United Way Review Team completes the fiscal review process. Prior to applying for funding an agency must first be a certified partner for at least 12 months. View this document for guidelines and a certification checklist.


Staggered funding cycles

Heart of Missouri United Way currently provides funding to 33 local agencies in Boone, Cooper and Howard Counties whose programs and services fall into one or more of four community impact areas. Funding cycles for Community Impact Grants are staggered. Grants are funded in three-year intervals for Education, Health and Financial Stability programs, and in two-year intervals for Basic Needs programs.



  • Financial Stability – Funding Cycle: July 2019 - June 2022
    • Goal: Reduce the number of financially unstable families and individuals and support their financial independence.
  • Health – Funding Cycle: July 2017 - June 2020
    • Goal: Promote healthy behaviors in our community.
  • Basic Needs – Funding Cycle: July 2018 - June 2020
    • Goal: Heart of Missouri United Way invests in services for families and individuals experiencing times of need and seeks to empower them to improve their future.
  • Education Funding Cycle: July 2018 - June 2021
    • Goal: Support school readiness, literacy and academic success.


Next Impact area to open - mid-November 2021


  • Our Goal: Strengthen the financial stability and economic mobility of individuals and families who are financially vulnerable.

  • Our Target: Increase the number of households who:

    • Gains in skills and/or credentials needed for employment and/or increased wages

    • Gain and sustain employment and/or increase income

    • Increase disposable income by increasing financial literacy and/or reducing costs and/or accessing benefits


Applying for United Way funding

Below is a timeline of what to expect when applying for United Way funding.


*Mid-December 2018: Letter of Intent** submission deadline

January 2019: Request for Proposal Opens in Apricot (Agencies must have submitted a Letter of Intent* in order to apply for funding)

*Mid-February 2019: Proposal Submission Deadline

*Mid-February 2019: Agency Proposal Presentations

*Mid-Feb thru Mid-March 2019: Site Visits

May 2019: Funding Decisions Announced


**Heart of Missouri United Way will accept Letters of Intent from agencies who have been a Certified Partner Agency for at least 12 months and whose program services align with United Way community impact targets.


Site visits explained

As mentioned in the timeline above, site visits for agencies will take place in February and March and are an integral part of the review process of a proposal/funding request. Advisory Council members who have reviewed the funding request will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with agency personnel, ask questions and tour facilities. Of equal importance is the opportunity for agency personnel to meet the council members and ask questions about United Way’s proposal review process. The site visits add a valuable human services touch to the funding process

2018 Partner Agency Certification Renewal - Requirement Guidelines and Checklist