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As a nonprofit, you’re a central partner of United Way in working for community change.

We support nonprofits’ work with resources including volunteers, advocacy and—where strategies align—funding.


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We’re proud to partner with more than 100 service providers to address community challenges and deliver vital services throughout King County. We periodically solicit competitive applications for funding.


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Community Food Funding

King County Food Security Assistance Program: United Way of King County is partnering with Public Health – Seattle & King County to support the distribution of culturally appropriate food to economically disadvantaged communities. The Food Security Assistance Program will award $4,400,000 in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to community-based organizations, meals programs, food banks, and coalitions.

Approximately 20 to 25 organizations will be awarded funding, with awards ranging from $150,000 to $250,000. United Way also expects to award funding to up to four coalitions, with a maximum award amount for coalitions of $500,000. Funding through the Food Security Assistance Program is intended to sustain or scale projects that address identified food access gaps in King County.

Through this program, United Way of King County will contract with community-based organizations, meal programs, food banks/food pantries, and coalitions that have consistently operated one or more low-barrier food programs for at least 12 months. This includes: 

  • Distribution of groceries through home delivery, pop-up food distribution sites, or food banks/food pantries 
  • Distribution of meals through home delivery or Grab and Go meal programs 

Interested agencies and coalitions can review the full Request for Applications PDF. The application is due on December 8, 2021, and can be submitted online here.

Translated versions of the Request for Applications are available below. If your agency needs access to an application in an additional language or would like to request technical assistance in a language other than English, please contact foodsecurity@uwkc.org. Please note that final applications must be submitted in English:

For questions about the Food Security Assistance Program, please contact United Way at foodsecurity@uwkc.org


No Kid Hungry & United Way of King County Federal Nutrition Grants

Are you a school nutrition program, a community organization, or an enrichment provider looking to expand student access to federal nutrition programs? Apply for funds today! No Kid Hungry & United Way of King County (UWKC) are looking to fund: school breakfast expansion through Breakfast After the Bell, universal breakfast and lunch expansion through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), weekend and out-of-school time meals served through CACFP At-Risk Afterschool, and/or school community promotion and enrollment support for: SNAP, WIC, Pandemic-EBT programs AND the Child Tax Credit!

Funding Priorities: No Kid Hungry & UWKC will prioritize funding schools, community organizations, and enrichment partners with a strong and sustainable plan for maximizing participation in the above mentioned programs AND that serve communities where over 50% of the population identify as Black, Latino, Native American, Asian, Hawaiian Native, or Pacific Islander. Applicants must clearly describe how nutrition programs address racial disparities and economic hardship in their communities. Applicants must plan to apply for federal nutrition sponsorship through OSPI or work with an existing meal sponsor to receive funds.

Examples of how schools use funds: 

  • Meal service supplies & equipment: grab and go carts, insulated coolers/warmers, refrigerators, etc.
  • Cost of hiring additional staff positions or increasing hours for existing staff to meet increased demand
  • New costs associated with COVID-19 precautions: no-touch point of service machines, hand washing stations, PPE equipment, & cleaning supplies
  • Program outreach & marketing costs
  • Transportation costs associated with meal delivery such as refrigerated trucks or fuel

Application Due Date: DECEMBER 10, 2021

Maximum grant amount: $25,000 for school nutrition programs and school districts and $10,000 for community organizations

Application Instructions: 

  1. Log into or create an account on the No Kid Hungry Grants Portal. (Do not use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge when registering or working within the portal.)
  2. To create a new account, click “New User”.
  3. To begin your application after you have logged into the No Kid Hungry Grants Portal, click “Start a New Application” on your Grantee Dashboard located on the top left corner of your home page, below the No Kid Hungry logo.
  4. Input the following access code to gain access to the application: WAChildNutrition2022 (non-school applicants) or WASchoolNutrition2022 (school applicants).
  5. Click “Start Application” to begin.
  6. Be sure to input all required answers and save frequently as you are inputting information. Complete the application when all information is entered by clicking on “Review Your Answers” and then “Submit Your Answer.”
  7. Technical or portal-related questions: GrantsHelpDesk@strength.org

Breakfast Programmatic Questions: schoolbreakfast@uwkc.org

Programmatic Questions: Nelly Evans eevans@uwkc.org


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