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Grants and Initiatives

United Way of Snohomish County invests in solutions that improve lives. Grants for programs and services that address critical needs in our community are a key strategy in our work. From childcare to housing for the homeless to job placement services, programs funded by United Way are making a difference every day.
 
Program Grants
2016 - 2017 Grant Cycle
United Way of Snohomish County is committed to funding programs that tightly align with our new focus of breaking the cycle of poverty. To this end, volunteer grant readers prioritized funding for programs that:
  • Served clients experiencing poverty; and
  • Specifically articulated how proposed services would address poverty.
Under these focused criteria, 56 programs were selected to receive funding. Learn more about these programs on our Grants page and view a complete list of funded programs by agency name.
 
Next Grant Cycle 
We anticipate our next grant period will start October 2017 as planned. We originally planned to release the Request for Proposal (RFP) in December 2016, but have decided to shift our grant application announcement to 2017. United Way intends to release the RFP in Q2 of 2017, run our application process over the summer, and have grant decisions made prior to October 2017.
 
Innovation Grants
Please check back for information on our next funding cycle.
 
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 local 501(c)(3) non-profit human service organizations that meet the minimum standards for eligibility and can submit all required eligibility documentation. Grants are not awarded for capital projects.
 
The need in our community to serve vulnerable populations is great. Our funding is never enough, and additional resources are always needed. United Way is honored to serve Snohomish County through our investments, collaborations, and advocacy work. Funding allocations made this cycle reflect our dedication to dramatically reduce the impact of poverty in Snohomish County. Please consider joining us as we work towards creating a community where opportunity is not limited by poverty.
 
Any questions related to the grant process should be directed to Amy Franklin, Senior Investment Manager at 425.374.5508.