United Way Funding

Funding Application

We offer a variety of funding mechanisms to nonprofits in the Greater Burlington Area focused on the building blocks of opportunity — education, income and health.

Applicant agencies must be operational for two full years prior to applying for United Way funding support.

FY 2025 Letters of Intent – NOW CLOSED

All forms below are required to be filled out completely, and submitted to megan.brincks@burlingtoniaunitedway.org to be considered for 2025 funding. For questions, you can call our office at 319-752-7831.

Before Applying, Please Read Application Information & Instructions In Its Entirety.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for funding from Burlington/West Burlington Area United Way for the 2025 fiscal year, organizations must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Substantial Local Presence and Programming:
    • Have a substantial local presence and programming within the geographic area covered by the BWBA United Way service and campaign footprint. This includes the following zip codes: 52630, 52641, 52642, 52649, 52601, 52623, 52637, 52638, 52640, 52645, 52646, 52650, 52655, 52660.
  • IRS Tax-Exempt Status:
    • Be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and have a registered constitution and/or bylaws.
  • Demonstration of Community Programming:
    • Be able to demonstrate and document community programming and activities conducted during the 2023 calendar year (January 1 – December 31).
  • Active and Responsible Governing Board:
    • Have an active and responsible governing board consisting of three or more members. Board members should have no material conflict of interest, and a majority of them should serve without compensation. The governing board should effectively direct the organization.
  • Non-Discrimination Policy:
    • Have a policy and demonstrate a practice of non-discrimination in the operation of the organization, including service delivery. Non-discrimination should be based on factors such as race, creed, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, physical or mental health, sexual orientation, or any characteristic protected by law.

Funding Timeline

  • December 31, 2023 – Letters of Intent Due (Now Closed)
  • January 15, 2024 – Invitations to Apply go out
  • February 17, 2024 – Applications Due
    • Applications reviewed by Panels & additional questions sent, if necessary.
  • March 25-29, 2024 – Allocation Panel Presentations
  • June 1, 2024 – Notification of Approved Funding Amounts
  • January 1, 2025 – Payments of Approved Funding Amounts Begin