For Nonprofits

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. United Way of King County is opening applications this Fall for funding to begin January 2019.

Current Opportunities


Helping Students Graduate

  • Culturally Relevant Supports for Reengagement Programs

    United Way of King County is pleased to announce the release of funding for expansion of our Reconnecting Youth work. We will invest in culturally relevant supports designed to increase retention and high school credential attainment (GED, high school diploma, alternative high school completion) for Black and Latinx students in reengagement programs. We will accept applications for work to support other students of color, but expect to invest primarily in support for Black and Latinx students.

    Who can apply: Community-based nonprofits (or organizations with a fiscal sponsor) in King County.

    Total Funding Available: Up to $1,000,000

    Application: Registration and application forms are available through eCImpact, our online application system starting August 3. Applications must be submitted through this system. You will find the eCImpact link by clicking on and reading the full Funding Announcement document here:

    Contact: For more information, contact Lisa Brooks, Community Impact Manager at lbrooks@uwkc.org or 206.461.5081.

  • Keeping Youth Connected

    United Way of King County seeks to support culturally integrative services for middle school to high school aged youth from racially, ethnically and economically disadvantaged populations. These services allow youth of color to navigate mainstream society while maintaining features of their heritage culture, leading to less conflict and stress in their lives and more ability to focus on education.

    Who can apply: Community-based nonprofits (or organizations with a fiscal sponsor) in King County.

    Total Funding Available: Up to $1,200,000

    Application: Registration and application forms are available through eCImpact, our online application system starting August 1. Applications must be submitted through this system. You will find the eCImpact link by clicking on and reading the full Funding Announcement document here:

    Contact: For more information, contact Greg Garcia, Community Impact Manager at ggarcia@uwkc.org or 206.461.5056.

  • Early Learning – Supporting Families

    United Way of King County seeks to support families by investing in community driven programs that center community strengths and needs. This funding opportunity focuses on early learning family education and support programs that bring families together, encourage peer support, and decrease social isolation in order to promote protective factors for families with the youngest children, especially those birth to age three.

    Who can apply: Community-based nonprofits (or organizations with a fiscal sponsor) in King County providing group opportunities for community-based parenting education and support services to families with young children birth to age five.

    Total Funding Available: Up to $500,000

    Application: Registration and application forms are available through eCImpact, our online application system starting August 1. Applications must be submitted through this system. You will find the eCImpact link by clicking on and reading the full Funding Announcement document here:

    Contact: For more information, contact Hannah Locke, Community Impact Manager at hlocke@uwkc.org or 206.461.5021.

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

  • Poverty Solutions 2.0

    United Way will invest up to $1 million in 2019 to further test and scale effective programs with an increased focus on housing stability and increasing income.

    Who can apply: Only agencies currently funded under Investment 2510: Poverty Solutions are eligible to apply. All agencies funded under this Investment must apply at this time in order to potentially receive funding for 2019.

    Total Funding Available: Up to $1,000,000

    Application: Registration and application forms are available through eCImpact, our online application system starting August 1. Applications must be submitted through this system. You will find the eCImpact link by clicking on and reading the full Funding Announcement document here:

    Contact: For more information, contact Lisa Brooks, Community Impact Manager at lbrooks@uwkc.org or 206.461.5081.

  • Emergency Food System

    United Way of King County will continue to support the emergency food system and will prioritize services that promote food security for children under 18 and low-income college students. To learn more about what we are doing to connect kids and college students to nutritious food, go here.

    Who can apply: Only agencies currently funded under Investment 2101: Emergency Food System Support are eligible to apply.

    Total Funding Available: Up to $560,000 will be awarded for services to be performed in calendar year 2019

    Application: Registration and application forms are available through eCImpact, our online application system starting August 28. Applications must be submitted through this system. You will find the eCImpact link by clicking on and reading the full Funding Announcement document here:

    Contact: For more information, contact Marlo Klein, Community Impact Manager at mklein@uwkc.org or 206.461.5082.

  • Benefits Hubs on Campuses

    United Way of King County Benefits Hubs break the cycle of poverty by connecting students with income supports to assist in obtaining a college degree or certificate. Our approach is twofold, encompassing both the current needs of students today and working towards policy change to create more universally equitable college completion tomorrow. By pairing a policy agenda with our coordinated, onsite delivery of services, workshops, and coaching, Benefits Hub is looking towards ensuring that regardless of where someone might go to school, services are consistent and pathways are solidified that support student success across the region.

    Over the next few years, United Way of King County will partner with area Community and Technical Colleges to increase persistence and completion rates. To do this, we will raise money to invest in proven anti-poverty programs, mobilize dozens of AmeriCorps members, provide emergency financial grant to students, and support community based organizations.

    Colleges interested in bringing Benefits Hub to their campus or those with questions can contact Jenny Walden, Sr. Program Manager, at jwalden@uwkc.org or 206.461.5083. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis and some tiers of support are limited so we encourage colleges to reach out immediately for initial conversations.

Ending Homelessness

  • Emergency Shelter

    In partnership with King County Department of Community and Human Services and other funding partners, UWKC will be jointly participating in FY2019-20 Shelter RFP Number DCHS-HCD-HHP-090618.

    To review or apply for this RFP, please visit: www.kingcounty.gov/HCDfunding

    A workshop to assist applicants will be conducted at 10:00-11:30 am, Thursday, August 9, 2018, at Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island.

  • Housing Innovations for the Homeless (All Populations)

    United Way of King County is reviewing final reports from FY 2018 Housing First grantees to help inform our 2019 grant making strategy. We expect to have more information by August 30, 2018. We will provide an update via email to grantees and post information to the website.


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

CommunityServices@uwkc.org