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2023 Community Grants

Since 1996, United Way of Eagle River Valley has provided grants to local programs that make a measurable impact in the lives of our community members.

United Way of Eagle River Valley accepts grant applications according to this funding calendar:

Focus area                                   Application Open (beginning to the end of the month)

Early Childhood  Success           August 

Health                                            February (in 2023 only)

Financial Stability                        February

Youth Success                              May 


Focus area descriptions

Early Childhood: Programs applying in this focus area must be helping children (birth to age 8) develop positive social-emotional skills including the ability to develop positive social relationships. (grant period closed)

Health: Programs applying in this focus area must be advancing health outcomes by creating safe spaces or opportunities for families/caregivers to advance overall well-being. (Examples: Dental, medical, mental, or the health of people who take care of children or people with advanced needs.) 

Financial Stability/Economic Mobility:  Programs applying in this focus area should align with United Way's goal to ensure that individuals and families improve their socio-economic status. Economic mobility, or the ability of an individual or family to change their financial status, can have a multi-generational, positive impact on overall well-being by increasing access to quality healthcare, improving housing options, and broadening educational opportunities. Yet, moving up the economic ladder is difficult. Education that leads to a good job is essential. 

  • Job readiness goal objective:  Youth and adults have the education and skills to obtain and retain good jobs with the potential for advancement. Applicants should:
    • equip individuals with the basic education and job skills needed to succeed in advanced degree, certification, and/or technical training programs OR 
    • offer integrated workforce development, financial coaching and benefits screening services OR 
    • prepare youth and adults to obtain or advance in good jobs in high-growth sectors.
  • Financial products objective:  Individuals use affordable financial products to effectively manage their money and achieve their financial goals. Applicants should: 
    • improve financial products and systems that enable individuals to conduct financial transactions, save, and/or build assets OR
    • increase access to and use of low-cost products and services.
  • Financial Support Services objective: Individuals have the knowledge, skills, and supports to make choices that increase financial stability and advance economic mobility.  Applicants should:
    • increase financial management knowledge and skills OR  
    • increase the awareness of and enrollment in available income supports/cash transfers to improve financial stability.

Youth Success: (TBD)

Within the focus areas, the following grant programs are available:

The Community Impact Grant Program was established to provide financial resources to strengthen the ability of smaller local partners to respond effectively and efficiently to needs of the Eagle County. 

  • Applicants must:

    • Have an operating budget under $1 million. 

    • Align with UWERV annual priorities. 

    • Serve Eagle County residents (must be able to report specific numbers of Eagle County residents served)

The Recognition Grant Program. This funding awards accreditation to high performing nonprofit organizations who achieve excellence in both impact and accountability.  Programs often utilize United Way recognition to qualify for grants from other funders.  The monetary award for a recognition grant is $1,000.

  • Applicants must:

  • Align with UWERV annual priorities 

  • Serve Eagle County residents (must be able to report specific numbers of Eagle County residents served)

Application must be submitted using the online form here: (Closed until the next grant cycle)

Grant recipients must submit a final report. The final report will include results/outcomes of the project, lessons learned, obstacles encountered and any proposal for ongoing UWERV activity as a result of the grant work. 


For questions regarding grant guidelines or the application process, please attend the information sessions.  Also, you may contact us at