Barbara Davis
Vice President of Impact & Community Investment

United Way of Snohomish County: Capacity Building Grants

Capacity Building Grants

United Way of Snohomish County and Greater Everett Community Foundation are excited to announce 2015 Capacity Building grants. Twenty different agencies that support the alleviation of intergenerational poverty in Snohomish County will receive $160,000 in grants.

See a full list of 2015 grantees and descriptions of how they will be using the funds.

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 serving on United Wayís Kids Matter, Families Matter and Community Matters Vision Councils, along with representatives of Greater Everett Community Foundation, reviewed proposals from 27 agencies. Grant investments were based on demonstrated need and readiness for capacity building, total available dollars, and whether investment in the project was deemed the best way to achieve the greatest impact.

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.

Information regarding 2016 capacity-building grants will be available later this year.


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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