The Heartland United Way is accepting inquiries for nonprofit organizations interested in becoming a new United Way community partner to be eligible to receive 2019 funding.

Eligible nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations must be located in either Hall, Hamilton, Howard or Merrick counties; be governed by a board of directors; annually complete a certified audit; and provide programs with measurable outcomes that improve people’s health, education and/or financial stability.

Qualified organizations must attend a training from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 7 to learn more about the online application process. The training will be at the Heartland United Way office located at 1441 N. Webb Road in Grand Island.

The Heartland United Way has a goal to decrease childhood poverty. Grant applications must focus directly on health, education and/or financial stability. Programs affecting childhood/generational poverty are a priority. All United Way funded programs are required to have measurable program outcomes and report quarterly on the progress of these outcomes. A complete list of prioritized common outcomes and indicators for Heartland United Way funding are located at under the “Community Impact” tab.

After an extensive review process is completed, the Heartland United Way Board of Directors makes the final approval for funding. The funding for programs would begin in April 2019.

Interested NEW nonprofit health and human service organizations should call the Heartland United Way office at (308) 382-2675 or email Stephanie Kissler at to find out additional information. All interested applicants must attend the training on Nov. 7.

The Heartland United Way currently supports 19 community partners that include: Adult Education, American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Boys Town, Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Crisis Center, Girl Scouts, Heartland CASA, Hope Harbor, Legal Aid, Literacy Council of Grand Island, Lutheran Family Services, Multicultural Coalition, Nebraska Children’s Home Society, TeamMates of Grand Island, Third City Community Clinic, YMCA and YWCA.

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