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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.

Get Grants

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. United Way of King County will be opening applications in January 2018 for funding to begin July 1, 2018.

Current Opportunities

  • Ending Homelessness

    Jobs Connect

    The United Way Jobs Connect program connects people experiencing homelessness with employment opportunities. In FY 18, 10 grantees are partnering with employers to reduce barriers to employment for 1,000 people experiencing homelessness. In addition to job placement and training they are providing access to basic needs supports. In FY 19 we plan to double our investment in this program.

    Who can apply: Organizations with experience connecting people experiencing homelessness with jobs that will increase their housing stability. Current grantees must apply to be eligible for funding that begins July 1, 2018.

    Amount: Up to $2 million

    Contact: For more information, contact Wayne Wilson, Community Impact Manager at or (206)461.5001 or Lisa Brooks, Impact Associate at or (206)461.5081.

    Jobs Connect Funding Announcement

  • Early Learning

    Child Care/Preschool
    United Way of King County seeks to support child care and early education programs serving children with specialized care and services to meet individual children’s greatest and most urgent needs. Investments will support programs’ ability to provide specialized services designed for children and families impacted by toxic stress, trauma, and/or special needs.

    Contact: For more information, contact Hannah Locke, Community Impact Manager at or (206)461-5021.

    Child Care Funding Announcement

    System Improvement Grant: Early Care for Children Experiencing Homelessness
    United Way of King County is offering a grant to advance system(s)-wide improvement of early care and education opportunities for children in families experiencing homelessness. The funded project will demonstrate a plan to positively impact outcomes for early learners experiencing homelessness and their families.

    Contact: For more information, contact Lisa Brooks, Impact Associate at or (206)461-5081.

    System Improvement Grant Funding Announcement

Future Opportunities

March 2018

  • Financial Stability

    United Way Benefit Hubs

    United Way Benefit Hubs are disrupting poverty on college campuses because we know that increasing the number of low-income people who complete certificate, degree, and apprenticeship programs is a proven strategy for moving people out of poverty. One of the key reasons very low-income students don’t complete certificate, degree, and apprenticeship programs is a lack of basic supports such as housing and food, as well as limited opportunities to build savings or access emergency financial assistance to withstand financial shocks. United Way will identify partners to expand access to financial tools, housing, food, legal services, and other resources at United Way Benefit Hubs. We will be requesting Letters of Interest in winter 2018.

    Who can apply: Programs offering financial assistance, financial education/coaching, legal services, employment services, or working on homelessness prevention.

    Amount: TBD

    Contact: For more information, contact Lauren McGowan, Sr. Director, Ending Homelessness & Poverty,, (206)461.6973.

  • Reconnecting Youth

    We expect to release a funding announcement for Reconnecting Youth reengagement services funding in January 2018.

    Contact: For more information, contact Greg Garcia, Community Impact Manager,, (206)461.5056.

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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