Grant process


United Way of Larimer County directs funding and resources to local nonprofit organizations serving our most impacted communities, to achieve significant changes in the areas of Youth & Education, Financial Stability, Community Engagement and Nonprofit Excellence. In general, we do not provide direct services and instead focus on supporting nonprofits that have an impact in Larimer County.


Vice President of Impact


Community Impact Manager


Questions about our grant processes or programs?

Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant Program

Colorado’s First Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant Program – Para Español haga clic aquí

United Way of Larimer County is collaborating with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to select and administer the Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant in Larimer, Jackson, Boulder, Gilpin, and Broomfield Counties .

The Nonprofit Infrastructure (NPI) Grant has been created for small nonprofits, with annual budgets between $150,000 and $2,000,000, that can show they have been impacted or disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Applying organizations or groups must have a track record of providing effective, culturally appropriate, and relevant programs and services to their communities who have historically been underrepresented, underserved, or under-resourced in Colorado.

The governing bodies and staff of these organizations must consist of a majority of residents who live in the communities they serve, have a history of providing services in specific communities in the state, and have their main offices in one of the communities that they serve.

For more information, requirements, and to apply click here. Applications open July 5th, 2023 and close August 31, 2023.

If you would like to set up a meeting to learn more about this program, you can do so using this link.

Community Impact Grants

UWLC’s Community Impact grant program aims to drive systems-level change through addressing root causes and inequities within the areas of Youth & Education and Financial Stability.

This year, we are modifying our Community Impact Grant Cycle to give our team time to assess our grantmaking approach and priorities in an effort to deepen our impact strategy moving forward. We are emphasizing ongoing support of last year’s funded agencies who are on track with meeting stated outcomes within the areas of Youth & Education and Financial Stability. However, we will consider applications from new agencies should additional funding be available after reviewing and determining funding requests for current agencies’ ongoing programs. We have $340,000 available to award through the Community Impact grant program this year, which is a reduction of $89,000 from the previous year due to some COVID-related funding we were able to infuse into the process.  

The 2022-2023 Community Impact Grant Cycle opens June 30th. Click here to learn more about eligibility and apply.

Third-Party Accreditation

United Way of Larimer County requires a third-party accreditation for funding in 2021 and beyond. Click here to learn more about becoming a BBB accredited nonprofit. BBB’s Charity Accreditation is one way to ensure your nonprofit is third-party accredited.  

Equity & Excellence Grants

At United Way of Larimer County (UWLC), we believe the nonprofit sector plays a vital role in creating and maintaining a resilient community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, partnerships between public, private, and nonprofit organizations enabled an effective, efficient response to community needs. Nonprofits participated in collaborative efforts to distribute direct financial assistance and facilitate crucial programs for everything from meeting basic needs to increasing vaccine access and utilization. These activities highlighted the essential role of grassroots and community-led organizations (GCLOs) in serving Larimer County residents, particularly those from historically marginalized communities.

However, this work has also shed light on the critical need of many organizations for access to resources which increase their capacity to provide services and sustain their operations. This became especially clear as state and local agencies reviewed applications for pandemic-related funding support from local GCLOs. Although these applicants presented a compelling case for support and were well-qualified to facilitate the programs they sought support for and connect with their communities, many lacked the necessary infrastructure to successfully compete for and manage government funds.

To support GCLOs in developing policies, processes, and other requirements for successfully securing and managing grant funding (e.g., Title XI requirements, cash management, etc.), UWLC will select up to 10 local GCLO leaders to participate in a seven-month Grant Readiness Cohort program from June–December 2022.

Training and technical assistance will be provided by an experienced consultant with expertise in securing and managing federal funds, with additional support from UWLC’s Nonprofit Excellence program staff, who will work closely with UWLC’s partners in state, county, and municipal governments and other funding organizations to ensure alignment with standards and requirements applicable to cohort participants. There is no cost to participate in this program.

Click here to learn more about the program and how to apply.

Nonprofit Excellence Grants

United Way’s Nonprofit Excellence Grants program provides financial support for capacity-building activities and high-impact, innovative solutions which help nonprofits work more effectively and efficiently over the long term, including training/technical assistance, technology, equipment, facilitation, and more.

We welcome applications from any eligible organization or program; however, preference will be given to requests which:

• Serve to advance racial equity in Larimer County.

• Reduce duplication and/or promote collaboration among local service providers.

In addition, special consideration will be given to applicant organizations which:

• Are led by people from the communities they serve.

• Are led by and/or primarily serving Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) individuals.

• Have broad geographic reach within Larimer County OR serve people in rural areas or underinvested neighborhoods.

• Are smaller organizations (annual budget less than $500,000).

Successful applicants may receive up to $5,000 through the Nonprofit Excellence Grant program.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review our application guide and contact United Way’s Nonprofit Excellence program staff to discuss their proposal prior to submitting a proposal. Nonprofit Excellence funds for the 2022-2023 Fiscal Year have been expended. More funds will become available July 1, 2023. 

Emergency Food and Shelter Funding (EFSP)

Each year, UWLC is awarded federal funds through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP). These pass-thru funds are awarded to local emergency food and shelter organizations to supplement and expand the capacity of food, shelter, and utility assistance programs to support individuals and families across Larimer County who are experiencing economic emergencies.

Larimer County has been awarded $138,716 in federal funds through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under EFSP for Phases 40.

Submit an application here.

The application portal is open February 3rd, 2023 – March 6th, 2023. Applications must be received by 10:00AM on March 6th, 2023.

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