Women United



Women United exists to provide financial support to organizations or groups that demonstrate the ability to enhance the quality of life for Siouxland youth.

Women United works with Siouxland women to:

  • Direct their charitable contributions toward issues that matter most to them

  • Join other women in actively improving the community we live in

  • See first-hand the difference they have made in the lives of people in the community

Download our flyer for more information about being a member let us know when you're ready join!

Registration for membership is open from mid-Summer until December 31st each year.  



  • BRONZE (1/2 VOTE): $1,250 annually

  • GOLD (1 VOTE): $2,500 annually

  • PLATINUM (2 VOTES): $5,000 annually


The members of Women United are committed to funding sustainable programs with positive results.  This was truly a landmark year for Siouxland youth programs, as over ONE MILLION DOLLARS in Women United grant monies have been awarded since the group was founded in 2006.

The 2020 Women United Brighter Futures and Program Grants were awarded on Wednesday, March 11 in a ceremony at United Way of Siouxland. Agencies receiving awards this year:

2020 Brighter Futures Grant recipients:

Sky Ranch Behavioral Services - $22,750

MercyONE Child Advocacy Center - $3,500

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa - $7,000

Heartland Counseling Services - $12,608

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland - $14,753

Siouxland Community Health Center - $11,544

2020 Program Grant recipients:

Gigi's Playhouse Sioux City - $1,200

Native American Children's Center - $2,400

The 2021 annual grant applications are available on November 10, 2020.  The submission deadline is 5 pm on December 15, 2020, and awards will be made in March. 

NOTE:  responses to issues in the COVID-19 environment will receive priority review.

Click on the grant application links below to begin:

Brighter Futures Grant: Requests of $2,500 - $50,000 to support new or ongoing programs that address the following:

  • Poverty and its influence on children

  • Health issues such as immunization rates and teen pregnancy

  • Illiteracy and access to educational opportunities in the summer

  • Parent involvement and its impact on children

  •  Food insecurity

Program Grant: One-time grants of $500 - $2,499 for special programming needs, such as playground equipment or tutors.

Grant eligibility and process:

Click here for 2021 grant eligibility & requirements. An online application must be completed and required documents submitted. 

To learn more about Women United email Sharon Messerschmidt at smesserschmidt@unitedwaysiouxland.com or call United Way at 712.255.3551.