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Funding Opportunities

Sioux Empire United Way accepts applications from non-profit entities that serve a need in one of the following impact areas: After-School, Basic Needs, Child Care, Counseling, Disabilities, Diversity, Emergency Services, Health & Healing, Seniors, Success By 6, Youth Development, Youth Outreach (at-risk).  Each proposal is reviewed in a competitive pool of applications and funding decisions are determined by community volunteers.  


  • The agency must be incorporated and operate as a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation.

  • The agency should operate in a health/social service, recreation, or character-building field.

  • The need for the program must be substantiated.

  • There must be an operational funding deficit.

  • The services provided must take place in Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha or Turner Counties.

  • The impact on the lives of the individuals served must be demonstrated through specific outcome measurements. 

On-Going Funding Process

  • Funding through this process is typically awarded for programs that provide direct services.

  • The agency and program must have completed two full years of service in the community.

  • Applications for 2019 will be made available December 18, 2017 and the deadline for submission is 5:00pm on February 9, 2018.

  • If you are an agency or program new to the On-Going funding process, you must first complete this short questionnaire. A United Way staff person will contact you regarding next steps. 

Community Impact Grant Funding Process

  • Community Impact Grants may be awarded for seed money to start-up new and untried programs.  

  • The program must be in existence for less than three years.

  • The 2019 Community Impact Grant application will be made available in June. Please click here to express interest in receiving the 2019 application.


For additional information about either funding process, please contact our office by phone 605.336.2095.