Grant Funding

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The 2023-2024 United Way Community Investment Fund Grant Application Process is now open.

United Way invests in high-quality programs designed to improve the education, health and financial stability of residents in Kankakee and Iroquois counties. 

Thousands of generous community members make annual gifts to United Way's Community Investment Fund. United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties allocates these gifts via grants to local organizations working to create lasting, measurable change in the areas of education, health and financial stability.  

All community programs are invited to apply for a grant. The grant process is competitive, and funding is determined by United Way's Board of Directors based on recommendations from community volunteers. 

Eligible Funding Requests

Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for funding must:

  • Operate and provide services in Kankakee and/or Iroquois Counties. 

  • Qualify as a human service organization or tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. 

  • Be able to provide UWKIC with a completed financial audit or letter of financial review. 

  • Be able to submit a Federal 990 and Illinois 990AG. 

  • Possess a letter of good standing from the Illinois Secretary of State. 

  • Have an active, local Board of Directors comprised of nonpaid volunteers who meet at least quarterly. 

  • Maintain an annual operating budget. 

Ineligible Funding Requests

Organizations that provide programs or services described below are ineligible for funding:

  • Are primarily political in nature. 

  • Provide programs or services limited solely to the members of a particular religious group. 

  • Programs run by an organization with a religious affiliation may be granted funds, but only if the program is not religion-based and grant allocation funds are clearly not used for religious activities. 

  • Exist solely as a forum for the presentation of cultural and/or artistic achievements. 

  • Provide only direct medical services such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, neighborhood health centers and other health delivery systems. This does not prohibit the funding of programs that provide supportive and ancillary health services for specific client populations. 

  • Provide primary services that are the mandated responsibility of a governmental organization that serves the entire population. 

Application Materials and Checklist

Step 1: 2023-2024 Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent must be submitted no later than 11:59PM CDT on Wednesday, February 15, 2023. 

The following documents must be attached to the online letter of intent form. Please have these materials ready when you submit your application online. 

  1. List of Board of Directors with place of employment

  2. Copy of your 501(c)(3) Letter of Determination 

  3. Most recent Audit, including Auditor's Management Letter 

  4. Copy of your federal 990 

  5. Copy of your state 990AG 

Applicants need only submit one letter of intent form listing all programs seeking funding for 2023-2024. 

(PDF copy of the Letter of Intent for preparation purposes only. Letter of Intent must be submitted online)

Step 2: 2023-2024 Program Application

Eligible programs will receive an invitation to submit a full application for funding after review of the letter of intent. Programs will be notified no later than March 1, 2023. Applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59PM CDT on Wednesday, March 29, 2023. 

Applicants seeking funding for multiple programs in 2023-2024 should submit a separate grant application for each program.  

(PDF copy of the Full Application for preparation purposes only. Full Application must be submitted online, by invitation only) 

Step 3: Program Evaluation Site Visits

After submission of the full program application, programs will be invited to schedule a site visit with a panel of community investment volunteers. These visits may take place virtually or in-person, according to the preference of the organization. Program Evaluation Site visits will tentatively take place during the week of April 24th–28th, 2023. 

Step 4: Notice of Funding

Notification letters of funding will be sent by the week of June 5, 2023.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact