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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.

Be sure you’re signed up to be notified about future funding opportunities.

Current Opportunities

In January, 2017 United Way of King County will open application processes for approximately $8 million. This funding aligns with community need, best practices, and our strategic plan goals.

Some funding will be more competitive than in the past due to expected applicant increases.

Having been funded in the past is not a guarantee for future funding.

Ending Homelessness (Feb. 2017)

Applications open Jan. 13 and due Feb. 24, 2017
Up to $3 million

United Way will make funding available to meet the goal of reducing the unsheltered population by 50% by 2020 and making homelessness rare, brief, and one time. We will prioritize supporting programs that quickly get and keep people who are literally homeless off the streets and will include services to all three major population groups: youth and young adults, families and single adults. We are opening applications in six redesigned or new areas:

  • Emergency Shelters
  • Housing Services For Domestic Violence Survivors
  • Outreach and Engagement Centers
  • Housing First: Non-time Limited Permanent Housing (limited to existing grantees)
  • Rapid Rehousing (new)
  • Streets to Home for Families (new)

For more information, contact Wayne Wilson, Community Impact Manager,, 206.461.5001.

Ending Homelessness funding announcement

Financial Stability (Feb. 2017)

Applications open Jan. 13 and due Feb. 24, 2017
Up to $3.5 million

United Way supports proven strategies that will lift 50,000 people out of poverty by 2020. We do this by connecting low-income people with public benefits, income supports, employment, and other community resources that help increase their incomes above the poverty level. We are opening applications in two areas:

  • Emergency food system
  • Reduce poverty by eliminating barriers to increasing income and strengthening financial stability.

For more information, contact Lauren McGowan, Director, Financial Stability,, 206.461.6973.

Financial Stability funding announcement

Early Learning (Jan. and Feb. 2017)

Applications open: See below
Up to $2.5 million

United Way of King County is committed to working towards a goal that 80% of children in King County, regardless of income or race, enter school ready to succeed. Through these investments, we will strengthen our focus on high quality, culturally competent programs serving communities most impacted by racial disparities in kindergarten readiness, including low-income, African American/Black, Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native and immigrant/refugee communities. An Innovation Challenge Fund will also help us strengthen action towards progress and change to decrease racial disparities in kindergarten readiness. By continuing to invest in direct services to children and families we will continue to move towards a community where children are on the path to school success. We are opening applications in the following areas:

  • Early Learning open Jan. 13, 2017:
    • Support for Parents
    • Quality Early Care and Education
  • Early Learning Racial Equity Innovation Challenge Fund open Dec. 16, 2016
  • Early Intervention Open Jan. 9, 2017 (limited eligibility)

Applicants may apply for funding in more than one area.

For more information, contact Hannah Locke, Early Learning Impact Manager,, 206.461.5021.

Support for Parents and Quality Early Care/Education funding announcement

Racial Equity Innovation Challenge funding announcement

Early Intervention Funding Announcement

Crosscutting Issues (Letter of Intent due Jan. 2017)

Applications open: Jan. 13, 2017
Up to $100,000

We are accepting applications for childcare solutions for families experiencing homelessness.

Homeless Child Care funding announcement

For more information, contact Lisa Brooks at, (206) 461-5081.

Future Opportunities

New Solutions (March 2017)

Amount: $353,415

The purpose of United Way of King County’s New Solutions grants is to be a catalyst for new ideas that offer innovative and promising solutions for underserved communities. Funds are intended to jumpstart projects that have the potential to get traction, leverage new resources and attract other funding.

For more information, contact Alice Park, Community Impact Manager,, 206.461.3754 or Marlo Klein, Community Services,, 206.461.5082.

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for funding by United Way of King County, agencies must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Agency is an IRS certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (with some exceptions)
  • Agency provides health or human services in King County, Washington, USA
  • Agency does not engage in discrimination based on age, gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, religion or presence of a disability in the delivery of services
  • Agency will comply with all United Way contractual obligations including: outcome and client demographic reporting, submission of our grantee financial reporting requirements, have an up-to-date listing with the 2-1-1 system and any other requirements that are identified

To learn more about becoming a funded agency, email



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