2016 Community Priorities & Funding Information


United Way of Central Illinois advances the common good by focusing on protecting services vital to the immediate basic needs of the most vulnerable members of our community; while making long term investments in education, financial stability and health, because these are the building blocks for a good quality of life.

We bring together people and organizations from all across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. UWCIL accomplishes this goal by targeting resources to a determined set of priorities that were selected and are continuously reviewed by Vision Councils with the help of the community, requiring consistency in outcome measurement and striving towards community wide shared metrics, and gradually increasing the proportion of funding directed toward BIG community change.

Below is information for programs interested in working in partnership with United Way through the Community Fund.  The Strategic Investment Plan and related information outline a multi-year funding plan that was developed in partnership with community leaders and service providers which will track community level indicators and the effectiveness of United Way funded programs.

United Way and its partners identified priorities, strategies and aligned outcomes to direct our work. Together, we identified and are working toward key indicators of success. We hold ourselves and our partners accountable to achieving success by using concrete metrics, based on local, state and federal data to measure our progress. We will adjust our programs and approaches as needed to ensure that we are making the most effective use of available resources.

Programs applying for funding in the Education & Financial Stability issue areas must attend an Intent to Apply meeting. You may register for an upcoming meeting here.

Registration information for the Basic Needs and Health Intent to Apply Meetings will be posted soon.


Education Priorities

  1. Children enter Kindergarten prepared with the skills needed to succeed
  2. Children reach academic milestones on time and successfully transition to middle school
  3. Children transition to high school and develop the skills needed to graduate on time with a plan for success after high school

Funding Information

Community Investments Policies


Financial Stability Priorities

  1. Adults are equipped to support themselves and/or their families in a financially stable environment
  2. Seniors are supported to lead independent lives
  3. Unfunded Priority: Children are equipped with the skills needed to make financially smart decisions throughout their life

Funding Information

Community Investments Policies

Basic Needs

Basic Needs Priorities

  1. Supporting emergency services vital to the basic needs (food and shelter) of the most vulnerable members of our community

Funding Information

Community Investments Policies

United Way Health

Health Priorities

  1. Individuals are supported, connected, and engaged to lead healthy lives
  2. Individuals will have access to needed mental health services
  3. Unfunded Priority: United Way will advocate on behalf of health issues aligned with selected priorities/strategies

Funding Information

Community Investments Policies

Additional questions should be directed to the Director of Community Impact at 217-726-7000.