Barbara Davis
Vice President of Impact & Community Investment

Capacity Building Grants

United Way of Snohomish County and Greater Everett Community Foundation are excited to announce grant funding to increase the capacity of organizations whose mission broadly supports the alleviation of intergenerational poverty.

Applications will be accepted at United Way until November 5 at 5 p.m. Award announcements will be made in January 2015.

Grantees will receive capacity-building project funds, as well as training through participation in a learning community throughout the life of the grant. Grant funding is contingent on grantee participation in the learning community.

Application Materials

Application and required documentation can be submitted by email to or mailed to United Way of Snohomish County, Attention Toni Esper, 3120 McDougall Ave., Suite 200, Everett, WA 98201. Items must be received by Nov. 5.

Award Information

The deadline to apply is November 5 at 5 p.m. Award announcements will be made in January 2015. Award range is between $5,000-$10,000 depending on the scope of the project and the size of the applicant agency. The funding cycle is January-December 2015 and grantees are required to submit end-of-cycle reports.

About Capacity Building

Capacity building refers to activities that improve an organizationís ability to achieve its mission, or a personís ability to do their job more effectively. For organizations, capacity building may relate to almost any aspect of its work: improved governance, leadership, mission and strategy, administration (including human resources, financial management and legal matters), program development and implementation, fundraising and income generation, diversity, partnerships and collaboration, evaluation, advocacy and policy change, marketing, planning, etc. For individuals, capacity building may relate to leadership development, advocacy skills, training, technical skills and other areas of personal and professional development.

Capacity-Building Projects

Funding will be awarded for projects that build the capacity of staff and/or systems. Project ideas include, but are not limited to: professional development opportunities (e.g. conferences and trainings) for executives, staff and key volunteers, funding to strengthen financial controls, board development, staff licensures or credentialing, directors and officers insurance, data management software, hardware such as telephones or computers, infrastructure improvements and translation services.

Application Eligibility
  • Applicants must have 501c3 status from the Internal Revenue Service OR a formal partnership in place with a fiscal sponsor who has 501c3 status.
  • Applicants may be newly formed organizations; sponsoring organizations must have been in operation for at least one year.
  • Applicants may have a maximum yearly agency budget of $500,000; sponsoring agencies may have budgets larger than $500,000.
  • Applicants and sponsoring agencies must be classified as a health and human services agency.
  • Applicants must have a working board, advisory board or oversight committee that meets regularly; no more than 3 members may be related to the founder or CEO.
  • Applicants must have a core program or service with a client base that serves low-income clients; newly formed organizations must have a plan for the agencyís program delivery, target population that includes serving low-income clients, desired goals and growth.
  • If requested, applicants and sponsoring agencies must be able to submit a completed audit, review of financial statements, compilation, OR balance sheets for the most recently concluded fiscal year. In lieu of these documents, newly formed organizations may submit an annual operating budget.
  • Previous capacity-building grantees are eligible to apply.


Any questions related to the grants process should be directed to Barbara Davis, 425.374.5502.

Mission: Leading positive change that transforms our community and improves people’s lives in Snohomish County

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