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.  

 

Starting in June 2019, United Way of Eagle River Valley accepts grant applications according to this funding calendar:

Focus area                                  Application Due Deadline

Whole Child                                 July 15    

Health                                           October 1

Financial Stability                       January 5

Innovation                                    April 1

 

Focus area descriptions

Whole Child: Programs applying in this focus area must be serving children, youth, or who are providing young adults with college readiness skills.  Also included: mentor programs; programs that promote youth/child nutrition or physical activity; programs that teach healthy choices/skills to only children or youth (substance abuse and suicide prevention classes, etc.)

 

Health: Programs applying in this focus area must be providing adults/families with primary care, preventative care, or increasing access to care.  Also included: Medical crisis response for adults/families. (i.e.: recovery, counseling, advocacy, shelter due to violence, etc.)

 

Financial Stability: Programs applying in this focus area must be serving adults/families by relieving socio-economic disparities, providing housing support, or teaching skills that increase self-sufficiency and economic mobility.

 

The Innovation Grant Program was established in 2018 to designate resources for unique one-time investments in the most compelling new ideas to further the UWERV’s strategic plan and purpose. United Way defines “Innovation” as a novel solution that is more effective, efficient, collaborative, and/or sustainable than current solutions. Two grants of $10,000 are distributed each year through this opportunity. Both current and potential partner agencies may apply. The Innovation Grant Program is available to any group in the Eagle River Valley. It is a special fund outside the traditional UWERV granting programs. 

 

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

  • Capacity-Building
  • Community Impact
  • New Partner
  • Innovation

 

(*Current UWERV agencies in good standing may submit one application per fiscal year for either the Capacity-Building Grant Program or the Community Impact Grant Program.)

 

The Capacity Building Grant Program was established as a means to provide financial resources to strengthen the ability of smaller local partners to effectively and efficiently respond to needs of the Eagle County. This is a competitive application process with a funding range of $10,000 to $15,000. 

  • Applicants must:
    • Be current partner agencies (having received funding the previous year); 
    • Have an operating budget under $1 million; 
    • Align with UWERV annual priorities; 
    • Present a specific request that demonstrates how the agency will better serve those in need by building organizational capacity.

 

The Community Impact Grant Program. This funding awards high performing nonprofit organizations who address specific community-centered issues.  The funding range for this award is $1,000 to $10,000. Applicants must:

    • Be current partner agencies (having received funding the previous year) 
    • Align with UWERV annual priorities 

 

The New Partner Agency Grant Program is for potential partner agencies who did not receive UWERV funding in the previous year and/or have never received funding from UWERV. This programmatic supports programs and services aligned with our three strategic priority areas of Education, Financial Stability, and Health. Awardees will be eligible to apply to the capacity-building and community impact grant programs the next year. Awards average at $1,000.

 

The Innovation Grant Program was established in 2018 to designate resources for unique one-time investments in the most compelling new ideas to further the UWERV’s strategic plan and purpose. United Way defines “Innovation” as a novel solution that is more effective, efficient, collaborative, and/or sustainable than current solutions. Two grants of $10,000 are distributed each year through this opportunity. Both current and potential partner agencies may apply. The Innovation Grant Program is available to any group in the Eagle River Valley. It is a special fund outside the traditional UWERV granting programs. 


Proposal Preparation
Application must be submitted using the online form here: 2019 Grant Forms

Selection Committee 
The Board of Directors will review proposals and make recommendations for awarding grants. Each of the proposal requirements will be evaluated with emphasis on alignment with the UWERV strategic plan.

Reporting 
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 contact us at info@unitedwayeagle.org.