Barbara Davis
Vice President of Impact & Community Investment

Capacity Building Grants

United Way of Snohomish County is excited to announce $102,880 in grant funding to increase the capacity of 11 agencies whose missions support intergenerational poverty alleviation.

Confirmation letters were sent out on December 10th, 2013. Click here for our news release.

Capacity Building Grants by Project Type

In addition to capacity building project funds, grantees will receive technical support, training and participate in a learning community that will provide peer-to-peer support throughout the life of the grant.

A cross section of volunteers who serve on United Way’s Kids Matter, Families Matter and Community Matters Vision Councils reviewed proposals from 28 agencies. Small and large health and human service nonprofit organizations serving Snohomish County were eligible to apply for capacity building grants. Grant investments were made by Vision Council volunteers and were based on a variety of factors including: the agency’s need and readiness for capacity building; whether an agency is currently working to reduce poverty; and whether investment in the project is deemed the best possible use of resources for the greatest impact.

About Capacity Building

Capacity building refers to activities that improve an organization’s ability to achieve its mission, or a person’s 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.

About Future Capacity Building Grants

Over the next two years, United Way will award up to $110,000 per year to support capacity building projects. Small agencies are eligible for grants in the $5,000-$8,000 range. Annually, we will award up to $50,000 in 5-7 grants to small agencies. Large agencies are eligible for grants in the $10,000-$15,000 range. Annually, we will award up to $60,000 in 4-6 grants to large agencies.

Information regarding 2015 capacity building grants will be available on or before August 31, 2014.


Any questions related to the grants process should be directed to the Impact & Community Investment Team.

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

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