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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits for Health and Human Services Programs

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Geographic Focus
USA: Iowa: 40-mile radius around Sioux City

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/20/24 12:00 PM (Noon) Save

Grant Description
Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations for health and human services programs in eligible regions. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for projects and programs that improve the quality of life for residents of the Siouxland area, defined as a 40-mile radius around Sioux City.

United Way of Siouxland's mission is to enhance Siouxland's capacity to care for one another by working together through effective partnerships and leveraging resources. A strong community has a system of quality non-profit agencies that offer health and human services to improve the quality of life for all.

Entities who partner with United Way of Siouxland will be expected to measure how their work leads to one or more of the following goals:

  1. Individuals access mental health and addiction resources. 
    • Improve access to affordable treatment and recovery resources through expanded hours and/or delivery methods, thereby increasing participation.
    • Increase access and participation in prevention programming.
  2. Adult learners become more employable and independent in their community.
    • Increase adult literacy instruction and participation.
    • Increase household income through career development opportunities and job training.
  3. Individuals engage in behaviors that improve their health or safety.
    • Promote healthy habits for adults and children to reduce obesity.
    • Increase access to violence and trauma treatment and support services. 
  4. Families access quality childcare and early learning opportunities.
    • Children are assessed ready for kindergarten.
    • Increase safe, affordable, quality childcare slots. (Priority given to infant care and extended hours)
  5. Youth demonstrate grade-appropriate school readiness academically, socially, and emotionally.
    • Help students maintain or improve grade-level reading and math skills.
    • Decrease barriers for children to participate in before and after school activities.
    • Increase school attendance rates.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Non-profit organizations must be located in and provide services to the residents of United Way of Siouxland service area, defined as a 40-mile radius around Sioux City, Iowa.
- Non-profit organizations must be well-established non-profit organizations that have been declared tax exempt by the Internal Revenue Service and have a 501(c)(3) or 170(b)(1) status and had that status affirmed within the past two years.
- Non-profit organizations must be in existence for at least three years.
- Must have identified outcomes and indicators to measure program success and be able to share the process used to collect information and monitor program impact that demonstrates dedication to continuous improvement.
- Non-profit organizations must have a volunteer board of directors composed of at least five (5) people, must have established bylaws, meet at least quarterly, and maintain minutes of all board meetings.
- Non-profit organizations must have an annual operating budget; demonstrate financial controls, including a financial control policy, and should be current on all IRS filings and payment of payroll taxes.
- Organizations must have an annual audit conducted by an independent certified public accountant. For organizations with less than $500,000 in revenue, financial statements must be annually reviewed by an independent public accountant.
- Establish and maintain a counterterrorism policy. United Way of Siouxland and United Way Worldwide complies with the U.S. Patriot Act and all other counterterrorism laws. Affirmative action is taken to prevent technical, in-kind, or other resources from inadvertently being used for illegal acts and terrorist activities.
- Programs will self-select goal(s) they would like to address based on their ability to align with priorities outlined for each goal.
- Programs should be based on data and serve our community through evidence based programming that has clearly defined sources and curriculums.
- Non-profit organizations must be able to ensure the fidelity of their program.

The following are not eligible for funding:
- Non-profit organizations for which previous grant compliance issues have not been addressed.
- Applications requesting less than $10,000.
- Applications for programs requiring religious participation.
- Applications for endowment, debt reduction, and event sponsorships.
- Applications for funds to directly benefit a specific individual or family.
- Projects that were completed prior to the grant application.
- Private organizations whose sole purpose is to provide lobbying, environmental, religious, or fundraising activities.
- Organizations not supportive of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
- Non-profit 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.
- Non-profit organizations with programs or activities which are contrary to the goals, aspirations, and policies of United Way of Siouxland or which are incompatible with the mission of United Way of Siouxland, as determined by its Board of Directors.

Pre-Application Information
- Dec. 11, 2023: Letter of Intent to apply for funding opens at 8 a.m.
- Feb. 20, 2024: Letter of Intent to apply for funding due by noon (12 p.m.)
- March 2024: Letters of Intent reviewed, agencies who advance to fill out application are notified
- Early April 2024: Agencies who advanced from Letter of Intent are trained on filling out application; Application opens
- June 2024: All applications for new funding model due
- Fall 2024: Awards determined from applications
- July 2025: New grants awards under new funding model begin

Under the Funding Process, a non-profit organization must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the program in which they would be seeking funding. The LOI would be the first step a non-profit organization must complete during the grant process.

A non-profit organization may apply for more than one program, but each program would require its own separate LOI.


Term of Contract
The funding cycle will last three (3) years.

Contact Information
Submit LOI online:

United Way of Siouxland
701 Steuben St
Sioux City, IA 51101

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