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Basic Needs Grants

Basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and access to health care is the first step to identifying the complex, long-term issues families with young children face, that will eventually require collaborative solutions.
While we work toward long-term outcomes through our collaborative CORE approach, continued support of families with young children for basic needs such as food, healthcare, housing, clothing, and transportation is a necessity. Though the majority of our community investments will be made into the CORE Collaboratives, we will continue to make some program-level investments in basic needs, working with these partners to integrate into the collaborative model over time. We anticipate that basic needs programs will be a valuable entry point for families to connect with Collaboratives that can provide holistic services for both the child and the adult in their lives.
Thirty percent of the CORE Fund will be allocated to Basic Needs grants. These grants will be awarded to provide basic need services and/or access to services for young children (prenatal to age 8) and their families with low income. These basic needs grants will be 1-year investments and will begin January 2018.

All funding decisions are made by volunteers who also help refine our investment focus. Funding determinations are based on the priority of needs, a program's effectiveness and its ability to show measurable results. Grants are available to public and nonprofit organizations that meet the minimum standards for eligibility and can submit all required eligibility documentation. Program grants are not awarded for capital projects.


The Letter of Intent (LOI) phase of this grant cycle is now complete. Application invitations have been sent out. United Way of Snohomish County will accept applications from invited agencies starting Monday, Aug. 28 through 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28 2017.
Applicants should review the following documents prior to submitting an application:
For information about the CORE Collaborative Grants, see our CORE Grants page.


(NOT mandatory for funding consideration)

We hosted an optional Basic Needs Training Webinar on Friday, Sept. 8. Listen to the recording.

Between Sept. 11 and Sept. 22, applicants may sign up for one-on-one meetings with United Way Staff to ask questions, brainstorm ideas and get any additional support an applicant may need. Basic Needs meetings are 30 min slots. Sign up here.


Any questions related to the grant process should be directed to Lark Kesterke, Director of Impact and Investments, at or 425.374.5506.