At United Way of Central Oregon, we support local, direct-service nonprofits and programs that focus on a wide range of human health and wellness issues in Central Oregon. Each year we award grants to vetted local nonprofits and programs that focus on health, education, prevention and development, financial stability, basic needs, childhood trauma, community transformation, and building resilience.
We are excited to announce our 2019 grant cycle with a Request for Proposals for applications for Community Impact grants. Find more info on the grant application and how to apply here.
Awarded grants will be directed towards building resilience and creating lasting change and measurable impact in Deschutes County.
Grant applications will be due to United Way of Central Oregon no later than 2 pm on Thursday May 16th. Nonprofits applying for a Community Impact grant must attend an information session, during which proposal criteria will be reviewed, questions will be answered, and application assistance options will be identified. The first session will be held from 9 am – 10:30 am on Monday April 15th at the Deschutes County DeArmond Room (Deschutes County Services Building at 1300 NW Wall Street in Bend). And, the second session will be held from 3:30 pm – 5 pm on Wednesday April 24th in the United Way Community Board Room (Mike Maier Building at 1130 NW Harriman Street in Bend).
In 2018, we awarded $309,000 to 21 local nonprofits and programs. These funded organizations are called Community Impact Partners. Through Community Impact grants, 31% of Central Oregonians are impacted by a United Way funded program or service.
We fight for the health, education, financial stability, and resilience of every person in our Central Oregon community. As we continue to focus on health, education, and financial stability, we are also working upstream to tackle childhood trauma – the root cause of many challenges currently faced by so many in our community – and to build resilience in individuals, families, and communities.
We are serving as the collective impact backbone for the TRACEs movement. TRACEs (Trauma, Resilience, and Adverse Childhood Experiences) represents United Way’s move upstream to tackle the root cause of challenges faced by many in our community with a goal of dramatically improving the health and well-being of our community by addressing childhood trauma as a having a foundational impact on regional health.
For 66 years, we have improved lives and fostered a healthier Central Oregon. Over the past 15 years,we have raised and allocated over $15 million for effective and efficient local social service programs.