How Funding Works

Agency Certification

Agencies must complete the certification process first before applying for funding. This applies to new applicants and current certified partners. View this documentopens in a new window for guidelines and certifications checklist.

Staggered funding cycles

Heart of Missouri United Way currently provides funding to 34 local agencies in Boone, Cooper and Howard Counties whose programs and services fall into one or more areas of impact. Visit Heart of Missouri United Way’s website for more information.

  • Education: helping children and youth achieve their potential through education by increasing the number of our community’s youth who are ready to succeed in school and life.
  • Income: working to reduce the number of financially unstable families and individuals and support their financial independence.
  • Health: working to increase the number of residents who make healthy choices.
  • Safety Net: investing in services for families and individuals experiencing times of need and empowering them to improve their future.

HMUW Funding Cycle

Requests for funding for each community impact area are staggered by year. Funding for approved agencies is dispensed in three-year intervals for Education, Health and Income programs, and in two-year intervals for Safety Net programs. Please refer to the funding cycle below to see when requests for funding will be available by community impact area through 2020.


Upcoming funding timeline: Education and Safety Net

For the  Heart of Missouri United Way will accept Letters of Intent from agencies whose programs or services qualify as meeting community impact targets.

Below is a timeline of what agencies can expect after they submit their Letter of Intent.

HMUW Agency Timeline

December 2017: Letter of Intent due to HMUW

By January 2018: Request for Proposal Opens in Apricot

February 2018: Proposal Deadline

Mid-February 2018: Agency Proposal Presentations

Mid-Feb thru Mid-March 2018: Site Visits (2 hours, pre-scheduled based on date options provided by each agency in the LOI)

May 2018: Funding Decisions Announced


Site visits explained

As mentioned in the timeline above, site visits for health agencies will take place in February and March and are an integral part of the review process of a 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 review process. The site visits add a valuable human services touch to the funding process.

  • Attendees:
    • 2-4 Advisory Council members
    • HMUW staff member
    • Agency reps- ideally ED, program staff, board rep
  • Purpose:
    • Experiential knowledge of program
    • Opportunity to ask detailed questions
  • Schedule:
    • 15 min JUST Advisory Council members and HMUW staff
    • 30 min presentation/tour/demonstration/etc.
    • 45 min Q&A
    • 30 min JUST Advisory Council members and HMUW staff