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CORE Grants

Our CORE Grants fund intentional Collaboratives (groups of multiple cross-sector partners with shared impact plans) focused on long-term outcomes for children birth to age 8 and their families with low income.

This strategy utilizes two promising national models—the 2-Generational Approach and a Collective Impact framework—that places families at the center of services, building a system of care around them. These cross-sector Collaboratives will promote five components through this approach: early childhood education, postsecondary and employment pathways, economic assets, social capital, and health and well-being.

While this type of work is important for all families, we particularly support collaborations that are intentionally working to address disparities among underserved communities, including people of color.

An example of a Collaborative partnership could include the following cross-sector partners:

  • Early Learning Coalition—staffing for kindergarten transition coordinator
  • Child Care Resource & Referral—childcare scholarships for families not served through state or federal programs and onsite child care providing technical assistance
  • Child Abuse & Prevention Center—in-home parent support and classroom support
  • Center for Child and Family Health—home visiting and mental health support
  • School district – integrated student support
  • ECEAP, Early HeadStart & HeadStart—entry point for families to connect to collaborative work

Seventy percent of the CORE Fund will be allocated to Collaborative CORE grants. These grants will be awarded to Collaboratives focused on young children (birth to age 8, including prenatal) and their families with low income using the conditions of Collective Impact and a 2-Generational Approach. CORE grants will be 3-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. Grants are not awarded for capital projects.


United Way of Snohomish County will accept letters of intent online from Tuesday, June 6 through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

Applicants should review the following documents prior to submitting a letter of intent:

For information about basic needs program grants, see our Basic Needs Grants page. There may be updates and clarifications over the next few weeks. To be added to our grant updates email list, please email your name and agency to


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