Research & Development Funds Available

WATERLOO, IA –Cedar Valley United Way now has research and development investment funds available to support new, innovative and collaborative efforts that address the root causes of health and human needs issues that contribute to the cycle of poverty in the Cedar Valley.

The research and development fund was created in response to a community needs assessment United Way commissioned in 2013. These investments may take place outside of the traditional two-year funding cycle for education, income and health grants, with the intent to encourage holistic approaches to impacting the identified critical issues.    

Funding is limited and will be awarded for projects/programs according to the following criteria:

  • Must receive invitation from Cedar Valley United Way to submit proposal
  • Must involve a meeting with collaborative partners involved and Cedar Valley United Way prior to written proposal in order to obtain invitation
  • Must address a demonstrated root community issue in health and human services
  • Must demonstrate a collaboration of community partners
  • Must seek desired outcomes with measurable results, or if research focused, exhibit what will be learned and how the group intends to respond to that learning
  • Must impact residents living within a 30-mile radius of Waterloo
  • Must maintain 501(c)(3) status, or if not a 501(c)(3), must have a fiscal sponsor with the status

For more information, contact Debbie Roth at or 319-235-6211 ext. 13.

Cedar Valley United Way is committed to leveraging resources including financial contributions, community expertise, in-kind contributions and partnerships to fuel impact here in our community. Their focus is to improve and promote education, income and health within the Cedar Valley. For more information about Cedar Valley United Way, visit