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.

Current Opportunities

New Solutions GrantRequest for Proposals due December 1, 2015

Overview: The purpose of United Way of King County’s New Solutions grants is to fund innovative projects that will help United Way of King County achieve its vision that everyone has a home, students graduate, and families are financially stable. We are eager to jumpstart projects that have the potential to get traction, leverage new resources and attract other funding. Funds can be used to identify, develop, test, pilot, or bring to scale new solutions or best and promising practices.

Total funds available: $350,915. Grants are one-time and typically in the $20,000 — $30,000 range. We expect to fund between 10-15 projects. Projects must be ready to start in February 2016.

Eligibility: Funding is open to nonprofit organizations, associations or coalitions. Applicants may use a fiscal sponsor. United Way of King County will fund organizations that demonstrate the capacity to deliver effective, culturally responsive projects and services. Please note: While any agency can apply, projects and/or programs currently funded by United Way of King County are not eligible for New Solutions funding. One application per agency, please.


  • October 19: Funding announced
  • November 2: RFP Community Information Session Southside Commons – Seattle
  • November 5: RFP Community Information Session Children’s Home Society Family Resource Center – Kent
  • December 1: Applications due
  • December 28: Announce list of organizations invited to the Idea Marketplace
  • January 12: Invited agencies participate in Idea Marketplace and share project ideas with volunteer reviewers
  • By early Feb.: Agencies notified of funding awards

Applications due Tuesday, December 1, 2015 and must be submitted on-line via e-CImpact.

Download the full funding announcementSubmit your Proposal

Future Opportunities

Volunteer Engagement SupportCapacity Grant for human services organizations | November 2015

Capacity Grant for human services organizations. Funding goes to 501 Commons. Organizations apply to participate.

November 2015 recruitment for Summer and Fall 2016 participation.

VIP Manager Corps offers a temporary boost in volunteer program staffing so that you can strategically grow your volunteer programs. Key benefits include a pro-bono Volunteer Manager for 10 hours/week for 6- 8 months, focused on creating basic tools and processes to engage volunteers and volunteer management training and resources for staff.

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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 (
  • 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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