Apply for Funding

At our local Central Oregon United Way, we believe our primary role and responsibility is to ensure our community members are cared for. We are here to help – directing our efforts and resources to where they will have the greatest impact for our community, especially for individuals identified as being part of our most vulnerable, and marginalized groups.

Our evolving priorities now direct us to help in our community’s recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by supporting community agencies as they help our community members adapt and recover from the pandemic. Funding will help these nonprofits as they stabilize the delivery of services that build resilience in individuals, families and our Central Orgon community – achieving positive outcomes in the face of adversity.

All organizations providing essential services regionally to individuals in Jefferson, Crook, or Deschutes counties and/or on the lands of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, are eligible to apply for a grant from United Way of Central Oregon.  If your organization serves only Crook or Jefferson counties or Warm Springs, please contact Kati Hannigan at for guidance.

Organizations should use this application to request funding for services that will be provided in fiscal year July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.  Responses and budget figures should be specific to the program you are requesting funding for.  If you are applying for funding for more than one distinct program, please submit a separate application for each program.

The application window is now open and will close on May 26th at 2pm.


For more information or questions about the applications, contact:

Kati Hannigan, Community Impact Associate at


~ The maximum request is $20,000



To be eligible to receive Community Impact Grants from United Way of Central Oregon (UWCO), your organization or your fiscal sponsor must:

  • Be recognized by the IRS as a tax exempt non-profit under IRS code 501(c)3
  • Have a program with goals in the areas of Education, Income or Health and supports building Resilience
  • Have an annual tax return (990/990EZ)
  • Have current Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet statements
  • Have an active Board of Directors.



April 27th                                           Online grant application available

May 26th                                            Completed applications due to UWCO no later than 2:00pm

May 31st                                            United Way staff begins proposal review

June 7th                                            Volunteer Committee begins proposal review

July 15th                                            Volunteer Committee recommendations due

July 26th                                            Funding decisions approved by Board of Directors

September 15th                               Quarterly payment cycle begins

February 1, 2022                             Midpoint Report Due (if applicable)

August 1, 2022                                Final Report Due




Vision: Children are nurtured by informed parents/caregivers and have access to quality developmental and educational services which prepare them for success in school and life.

Funding Priorities:

  • Children enter school ready to succeed
  • Children and youth achieve academic goals
  • Children and youth are emotionally healthy and socially competent


Vision: Individuals and families can meet life’s basic needs (food, shelter, and healthcare) and gain economic stability through education, job training, permanent housing and basic supportive services.  UWCO supports programs for people living in poverty, ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and other vulnerable populations.

Funding Priorities:

     Lower income families and individuals:

  • Have their basic needs met
  • Gain and/or maintain financial stability
  • Gain and/or maintain stable housing and food security


Vision: All people have access to quality, affordable healthcare and have the opportunity to maximize their physical, mental and emotional health and well-being to lead independent, productive lives.

Funding Priorities:

  • Adults and children receive timely, regular preventative healthcare
  • Children receive universal health screenings to identify early developmental delays and connect to needed services
  • Adults and children receive the nutrition they require to be healthy and productive
  • Seniors and persons with disabilities have access to, and knowledge of, home and community-based services


Vision: A region where: every individual has the strength, connections, and support needed to thrive; where leaders, organizations, and communities actively support systems that help build resilience; where strength is built and results in high levels of health and well-being and low levels of chronic health conditions; where all children achieve their highest level of education success and graduate on time; and where all adults are financially stable and contributing participants in their community.

Funding Priorities:

  • Adults and children receive opportunities to experience mastery and build confidence.
  • Adults and children develop the ability to make sense of their experience and develop a growth mindset.
  • Children have access to adult mentors and role models for developing healthy relationships
  • Children develop a strong cultural identity and conflict resolution skills.