Community Impact

Request a Speaker | Capital Emergency Grant

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Speaking Engagements

An opportunity to learn about health, education and income programming from our funded partners and highlight their expertise.

Agency Tours

An opportunity to tour a funded partner's organization to see first hand the impact made in our community.

United Way Funded Partners:

Health Pillar:

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque
East Central Development Corporation
Helping Services for Youth & Families
Hillcrest Family Services
Delaware Dubuque Jackson Regional Transit Authority
Riverview Center
Substance Abuse Services Center

 Education Pillar:

Dubuque Area Labor Management Council
Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA
Dubuque Dream Center
Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools
Girls Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
Hillcrest Family Services
Northeast Iowa Council Boys Scouts of America
St. Mark Youth Enrichment
The Workshop
Foster Grandparents


Income Pillar:

Almost Home
American Red Cross
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque
Dubuque Area Labor Harvest
Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA
Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association
East Central Development Corporation
Iowa Legal Aid
Opening Doors
The Salvation Army

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Capital Emergency Grant

For 90 years, United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States (UWDATS) has been a human service leader for the region, encouraging all community members to give, advocate and volunteer. Our mission is to connect people and resources to advance the health, education, and income of those in need in our community. We achieve this through grantmaking, special initiatives, collaborations, providing service, promoting volunteerism and advocacy, all while mobilizing more resources for the nonprofit community by serving as a highly efficient, effective and trusted fundraiser.

UWDATS Capital Emergency Grant is for Non-Profits within the UWDATS 10-County Service Area that experience an unexpected capital emergency that threatens the agency’s ability to deliver core services, especially the program funded by UWDATS. Examples are roof collapse, HVAC failure, plumbing/electrical, fire/water damage. Capital Emergency requests must be over $500.

In the case of community-wide emergencies, UWDATS participates in the Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) with local organizations that focus on assisting the community members during a disaster. The Dubuque COAD provides case management with the application process for community members to apply for state funding after a disaster proclamation. The Dubuque COAD also has a Long-Term Recovery Committee that can receive and disperse donations to assist those who are ineligible for state funding during a disaster proclamation, if funds are available. Contact information can be found in a press release during disaster proclamation and will be posted during a disaster.

Applicants may apply up to two times within a fiscal year cycle, not to exceed $10,000 per fiscal year (June 1-May 31). Applicants may receive only one Capital Emergency Grant per fiscal year. Grant proposals may be submitted at any time so that organizations do not have to wait for annual or quarterly grant cycles to have their urgent needs met. Applying for and/or receiving the Capital Emergency Grant does not affect an agency’s eligibility to apply for a United Way Community Investment Funds.

If an agency receives an insurance settlement that covers the emergency repair or replacement or receives donations or grants that cover any part of the cost of the emergency repair or replacement, the agency is required to return the portion of the Emergency Fund grant award to UWDATS covered by other sources.


Examples of Ineligible Activities Applications that would not be considered:

* General emergency costs;

* Routine maintenance;

* Outdated equipment costs;

* Ongoing staff costs or other currently budgeted costs;

* Loss of other funding or prospective funding;

* Foreclosure prevention;

* Professional fees/contract fees/audit costs;

* Membership fees;

* Ongoing equipment lease/rental;

* Fundraising events/sponsorships;

* Funding for software to connect more clients to services;

* Funding to support the purchase of hearing aids, eyeglasses, and gift cards for participants;

* Funding for after-school activity transportation;

* Property and equipment requests that are not under the ownership of the non-profit.


Please note that this grant will be available if funds are available.

Please email to request a grant application.