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United Way of Larimer County directs funding and resources to organizations to reduce poverty and strengthen our community. In general, we do not provide direct services and instead focus on supporting nonprofits that have an impact in Larimer County. This support includes:
Community Impact Grants to collaborative groups that include a 501(c)(3) as the lead organization and/or fiscal agent and who work to improve outcomes in the areas of Youth & Education or Financial Stability.
Innovation Grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations who work in the areas of Youth & Education and Financial Stability and would address a time-sensitive need or an opportunity to leverage additional dollars or resources. Grant award range is $5,000 - $20,000. Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Qualifying projects are presented to the United Way of Larimer County Board of Directors bimonthly for review.
The United Way of Larimer County’s Board of Directors will use the following criteria to evaluate Innovation Grant applications
Innovation Definition: A high community impact project, service, or program that is new, recently developed, or piloting in Larimer County in Youth & Education or Financial Stability areas.
Community Need: The project, service, or program meets a significant community need currently unmet or underserved in Larimer County.
Time Sensitive Need: The agency is working on a short timeline and needs funding more quickly than traditional funding cycles in order to make an impact in the community.
Organization Need: The projects, service, or program enables the organization to be more nimble in order to make a significant short term or long term community impact.
Nonprofit Excellence Grants for technical assistance and free county-wide trainings to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of Larimer County nonprofits. Grant award range of $500 - $2,500. Grant applications accepted on a rolling basis.
Larimer County has been awarded $123,123 in Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funding, to be administered by United Way of Larimer County and a board of local representatives. Funds are intended to respond to changing hunger and homelessness needs in Larimer County, not to maintain the status quo nor replace current funding.
Fundraising for Larimer County nonprofits through workplace campaigns, grant writing and donor development initiatives.
Volunteer recruitment and training, coordination of community-wide Days of Service, and development of volunteer leaders and board members.
DURING FISCAL YEAR 2018 - 2019, UNITED WAY OF LARIMER COUNTY INVESTED MORE THAN $3.6 MILLION IN THE COMMUNITY THROUGH:
This amount does not include:
Of the $3.6 million total, the Board of Directors has specifically approved $1,079,117 for grants for fiscal year 2019. These funds will be used to continue the important work of the collective impact groups; support tutors through the Colorado Reading Corps program in the Estes Park and Thompson school districts; grant scholarships, emergency funds and new projects through WomenGive; and provide new Community Impact, Innovation and Nonprofit Excellence grants.
The Community Impact Grant and Essential Needs Grant period will be open August 1-31, 2020 for 2021 funds. Innovation Grants and Nonprofit Excellence Grants are accepted on a rolling basis.
Claire Bouchard, VP of Community Impact and Engagement
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