United Way to host Grant Seekers Forum

United Way News

(Rockford, Ill. - 10/15/2015) – United Way of Rock River Valley will hold a Grant Seekers Forum on Thursday, November 5 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the Nordlof Center, located at 118 N. Main Street in Rockford. This forum will discuss the grant allocation process of United Way and offer helpful tips on applying for a grant.

Through staff, board, and volunteer oversight, United Way is consistently aware of developing community needs and looks for programs best able to respond to those needs. United Way will only consider grant requests from human service agencies for programs that align with United Way's Strategies for the Common Good and demonstrate significant community impact in the areas of Education, Health, and Income.

The grant process is open and competitive. In order to be eligible for a grant from United Way, human service organizations must:

  • be in operation and providing services in Winnebago or Ogle County for at least five (5) years;
  • be a 501(c)3 charitable organization;
  • conduct an annual audit by an independent auditor and submit an audit to United Way of Rock River Valley;
  • submit a letter of good standing from the Illinois Secretary of State;
  • submit a Federal 990 and the Illinois 990AG;
  • have an active, local Board of Directors comprised of nonpaid volunteers who meet at least quarterly;
  • maintain an annual operating budget;
  • agree to United Way of Rock River Valley's Memorandum of Agreement;
  • have no outstanding mid-term or final reports.

Programs meeting the following criteria are not eligible for a grant from United Way:

  • Primarily political in nature
  • Provides services limited solely to the members of a particular religious group; a program run by an agency 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.
  • Exists solely as a forum for the presentation of cultural and/or artistic achievements
  • Provides only direct medical services such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, neighborhood health centers and other health service delivery systems; this does not prohibit the funding of programs that provide supportive and ancillary health services for specific client populations
  • Provides primary services that are the mandated responsibility of a governmental organization that serves the entire community.

United Way of Rock River Valley grant applications will be available beginning on November 15, 2015. Deadline for application is noon on January 4, 2016. Applications and instructions are available here. Please contact Ella Nelson, Community Impact Coordinator by calling 815-986-4814 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley creates lasting change for everyone in Winnebago and Ogle counties by reducing childhood poverty and building hope for families in neighborhoods. We unite people and organizations to focus on results-driven solutions that create a community of healthy, well-educated and financially-stable individuals and families. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to make the change happen.