The Heart of Illinois United Way's Community Impact Fund promotes education, financial stability and health through programs and services in Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford Counties for stronger and healthier communities.

Community Impact Fund

The Heart of Illinois United Way‘s Community Impact Fund is the shortest distance between your charitable contribution and a stronger, safer and healthier community. When you choose to give to the United Way, your gift impacts lives throughout central Illinois.

Heart of Illinois United Way funds more than 80 programs focusing on these key issues:

Community Impact: Education, Financial Stability, and Health
Education Programs:
Quality education helps youth and adults achieve their full potential; key programs include pre-k literacy, tutoring, mentoring, special education, college and career counseling, and adult literacy.

Financial Stability Programs:
Financial stability promotes independence; key programs include basic human needs such as food, shelter and clothing, legal support, employment assistance and life-skills education.

Health Programs:
Prevention, intervention and education lead to health and wellness; key programs include community clinics, physical fitness, nutrition counseling, dental and vision care, and therapy.

To read more about Education, Financial Stability and Health, click here.

Heart of Illinois United Way collects data on the programs and initiatives we fund through our Community Impact Fund.

  • 52% of the population served is female
  • 48% of the population is male
  • 49% of the population served is Caucasian
  • 33% of the population is African American
  • 18% of the population is Latino/Other
  • 68% of the population served is under age 18
  • 95% of the population served lives in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties

Heart of Illinois United Way’s Grant Evaluation Process

As the largest non-governmental funder of health and human care services in central Illinois, the Heart of Illinois United Way is dedicated to ensuring the people in our communities have access to the education, financial stability and health programs they need.

  • HOIUW partner agencies requested $7.97 million for 110 Education, Financial Stability and Health Grants through the 2018-2019 allocation process.
  • Although the State of Illinois budget impasse has ended, United Way partner agencies are still recovering from the significant funding cuts. However, most of them have improved their overall financial position in the past year.
  • $5,071,671, representing a slight decrease from the 2017-18 program year, will be distributed to our partner agencies through the Community Impact Fund which includes Education, Financial Stability and Health Grants, three initiatives (Heart of Illinois 2-1-1, Success By 6 and Supporting Student Success) and Youth United (Student United Way) Grants.
  • July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 marks the first year of a new three-year grant funding cycle addressing education, financial stability or health needs as determined by our 2017 Peoria Area Community Assessment.
  • Additional new Indicators were developed this year, based on findings of the Community Assessment. Some of the new and adjusted Indicators focus on Housing and Homeless Services, Financial Management, Self-Reliance Support and Crisis Services.
  • In total, 89 Education, Financial Stability and Health grants and three United Way initiatives will receive funding through the 2018-2019 Community Impact Fund.
  • Funding is awarded based on need, the availability of funds and evaluation/measurement of the community outcomes achieved by the program(s). Funding recommendations were presented to the HOIUW Board of Directors for approval at the May 2018 meeting.

Approximately 75 volunteers from diverse segments of central Illinois evaluate agency programs and outcomes through our competitive grant process. Click here to see who serves on our allocation panels.

Heart of Illinois United Way Electronic Grant and Reporting System

Please note applications are submitted through the Heart of Illinois United Way Electronic Grant and Reporting System at grants.hoiunitedway.org. To obtain a Web User ID or to request additional information, please contact Nicole Frederick, VP of Community Investment, at 309-674-5181, ext. 1230 or . For our partner agencies, the following reference materials are provided for system technical assistance:

Agencies Seeking Heart of Illinois United Way Membership / Partnership

For central Illinois 501(C)3 nonprofits seeking partnership into the Heart of Illinois United Way family of agencies, please download the New Partner Agency Application below.

Nonprofit agencies have to be an approved Heart of Illinois United Way agency before they are allowed to compete for grants. By reviewing the guidelines, you can learn how your nonprofit will be reviewed.

For additional information please send an email to Nicole Frederick, Vice President of Community Investment, at .