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United Way of the River Cities’ service areaFunds Distribution Process

United Way of the River Cities distributes funds to the community through an annual grants process. Eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofits begin the application process by submitting a Letter of Intent in February. The organization must demonstrate that the funds requested will be used to address one of the critical issues United Way seeks to address. Letters of Intent, and subsequently applications, are reviewed by community volunteers who make final recommendations to the Board of Directors. Agencies that receive grant awards are notified in June, and the funding year begins July 1. Funded partners provide quarterly reports on their outcomes. This helps assure United Way and our donors that the funds are being used to create the greatest impact in the community.

Focus Areas:

  • EducationEducation
    Families are the foundation on which strong communities are built. All individuals, including children and the elderly, thrive in safe and supportive environments.

  • EducationIncome
    Communities with high rates of employment are safe and strong. Skilled and educated individuals can find work and receive higher wages to support their families.

  • EducationHealth
    Healthy citizens result in healthy communities. Improving and sustaining the wellness of individuals enhances the quality of life.

  • EducationSafety-Net Services/Basic Needs
    The foundation of a strong community is its ability to assist its most vulnerable citizens. Meeting the basic needs and unforeseen hardships of a few helps enhance our community as a whole.


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