United Way
of Whatcom County

Become a Partner

2022 grants have been awarded and the application window is closed at this time.

For future opportunities, please check back in January of 2023.


If your nonprofit program helps families and individuals increase their financial stability, you may be eligible to apply for a future grant from our Community Impact Fund.

To qualify for funding, you must be serving Whatcom County residents in one or more of the following areas:

Basic Needs

  • Combating food insecurity
  • Stable, attainable, affordable housing
  • Healthcare access

Economic Mobility

  • Financial literacy and training
  • Vocational readiness training or support
  • Adult education programs

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

  • Affordable childcare and early-learning programs
  • Academic programs to increase student attendance and achievement
  • Parenting support
  • Addiction treatment and recovery
  • Abuse prevention

Our funded programs are more than just grant recipients, they're partners. 

In addition to working together to help clients and our community, we meet regularly to connect, collaborate, and advocate for each other in the name of positive community change. It's our pleasure to highlight the amazing work we are helping to fund, and we're forever grateful to these nonprofits for speaking out about what it means to be part of the United Way network.

We Live United. Together. 

See Our Current List of Partner Agencies


Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

We want long-term solutions for our community. But emergencies happen. We’re grateful for the $100,000+ in federal funds Whatcom County receives annually to supplement local emergency food and shelter programs. We serve as the fiscal agent for these funds and work with local government and non-profit organizations to determine allocations to local programs.

Grant applications are accepted and reviewed annually.


  • Nonprofit or government agency in Whatcom County
  • Eligible to receive federal funds
  • Uses evidence-based practices that affect community metrics
  • Non-discriminatory
  • Active board of directors
  • Sound financial management
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter


Legal Notice

Application Form

EFSP Scoring Sheet


EFSP Program Manual

EFSP National Website