Connecting Kids Program Application

Thank you for your interest in the Connecting Kids program. Whether you are applying for a new program or activity or renewing your participation for another year, please make sure to read the directions and information on this application page carefully. If you have questions or need assistance please contact SEUW,

Important Information for You to Know:

  • Connecting Kids currently relies on a referral-based system.  Certificates will be given to the following entities:  social service agencies in our community, UW partner agencies, Sioux Falls and the surrounding area school principals/counselors, and Connecting Kids organizations (you).  
  • Sioux Empire United Way’s service area includes the following counties: Lincoln, Minnehaha, McCook, and Turner.  
  • Currently, the program serves children in grades K-8.
  • For Kindergarteners:  The child must have begun their Kindergarten year at the time of the activity. If the registration is due before this, that is fine.
  • Each child is permitted to use only one certificate per calendar year.  
  • This application must be completed each year.

Agency/Organization Tasks/Expectations

  • Please ask the families if their child has already used a Connecting Kids certificate during the current calendar year.  We track the usage after the certificates are submitted, so we understand this is essentially an “honor system”.   If there are any questions, you are also welcome to contact United Way to verify there was no prior certificate usage during the calendar year. 
  • Each agency must have financial qualification/guidelines in place for a child to qualify for a Connecting Kids certificate.  If you would like examples of qualifications guidelines, please let us know.  We also expect that you have a system in place to allow for exceptions to these guidelines for those families who are going through a difficult time but may not be able to “prove” their need within your typical guidelines.  
  • We hope Connecting Kids Partners would please communicate expectations and qualification guidelines to each of your staff so they can fully understand and explain the Connecting Kids certificates to the families.  
  • Sioux Empire United Way suggests that each agency has internal scholarship funds available within its operating budget if possible.   Recognizing that Connecting Kids is limited to a certain age group and can only be used once per calendar year, we ask that you evaluate the scholarship needs of the children throughout the year and utilize your internal scholarships whenever (OR to the full extent) possible.  
  • Please contact United Way if/when your agency needs more certificates.
  • You are welcome to publish information about Sioux Empire United Way’s Connecting Kids program within your agency’s written communication to families in our community!  Please contact United Way for assistance. (example: Add logo/Connecting Kids information to the website and/or brochures/handouts)
  • Every year, we like the agencies and the parents/guardians assisted by Connecting Kids to take a survey. The survey generally is a couple of questions long and is sent out at the end of the year. We ask each agency to pass the survey along to the parents/guardians assisted by the Connecting Kids program.

Click here to download these guidelines and expectations. 

Contact Information

About Your Organization

Required Documents

Please download the available document templates and upload your program's information utilizing the provided format. 

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Download the Reimbursement Sheet (this should be submitted via email to

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Organization Information

Program Information

Click here to download the program information template.

When completing the program information document, some organizations may find their services to be similar in nature and therefore able to combine the information into one activity. Others may find it easier to provide the information as separate activities. 

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