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Prior to applying for funding an agency must first be a Heart of Missouri United Way Certified Partner for at least 12 months. 

  • Interested in becoming a Heart of Missouri United Way Certified Partner? Contact Courtney Daviess, Assistant Director of Community Impact at cdaviess@uwheartmo.orgcreate new email by August 31st. 

Already a Heart of Missouri United Way Certified Partner who’s not currently funded and is interested in applying for United Way funding?

Your organization must participate in a full annual certified partner review prior to becoming eligible to apply for funding during the next open Request for Proposal (RFP). Documents required for annual review are due NO LATER THAN 5:00PM ON OCTOBER 31st and are to be submitted through your Apricot Organization Profile.

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  • Once all of the required fields and documents have been updated in your Apricot Organization Profile you must contact Courtney Daviess, Assistant Director of Community Impact, to confirm the organizations intentions to apply for funding.
  • If you do not have an Apricot Organization Profile you must immediately contact Courtney Daviess, Assistant Director of Community Impact before being able to move forward with the required review.

Contact Courtney Daviess at cdaviess@uwheartmo.orgcreate new email 


Heart of Missouri United Way currently provides grant funding to 33 local agencies in Boone, Cooper and Howard Counties whose programs services fall into one or more areas of impact. opens in a new windowVisit Heart of Missouri United Way’s website for more information. 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.



Our Goal: United Way funds services that strengthen the stability and economic mobility of individuals and families who are financially vulnerable. We address the community’s financial stability needs by targeting programs that demonstrate the following client outcomes:

  • Gains in skills and/or credentials needed for employment and/or increased wages
  • Gain in employment/ and or increase income
  • Increase disposable income by: increasing financial literacy, and reducing costs and/or accessing benefits

Building and advancing social capital to achieve these client outcomes is recommended.


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

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

Early 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

*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, has been approved for certification renewal by our review team after UW’s review has been completed and provide program services that align with United Way’s community impact goals for the impact area open to request funding. 


As mentioned in the timeline above, site visits, for agencies who have submitted a request for funding, will take place in 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.

  • Attendees:
    • 2-4 Advisory Council members
    • HMUW staff member(s)
    • Agency reps- ideally ED, program staff, board rep
  • Purpose:
    • Experiential knowledge of program
    • Opportunity for Advisory Council to ask detailed questions and Agency Staff to provide more program details and information
  • 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