Grant Applications

Routt County United Way (RCUW) Grant Cycle is Closed

Congratulations to Our 2021 Grant Recipients

Grant Application Information

Please complete the application as outlined below:

  1. Please read grant criteria below.
  2. If you were awarded a grant last year of more than $1000, please complete the grant report first. This will save you time when filling out the grant application.
  3. Review the Supplemental Instructions.
  4. Review the RCUW Evaluation Rubric.
  5. Fill out and submit your grant application by March 3rd.

Our Vision

We envision a county where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through access to education, opportunities to improve financial stability, and support to lead healthy lives.

Our Mission

Our mission is to unite people, ideas, and resources to advance the common good in education, financial stability, and health.

Grant Report
Supplemental Instructions
RCUW Evaluation Rubric

Grant Criteria:

Program Features

  • Fund a program aligned with your core organization goals.
  • Serve primarily lower-income, at-risk clients in Routt County.
  • Address a RCUW community impact goal.
  • Show strong program management ability by delivering, critically evaluating and improving program results.

Organizational Features

  • Exhibit strong oversight by an engaged Board of Directors.
  • Present a financially healthy organization with reviewed or audited financial statements.

RCUW only accepts requests for program funding; RCUW does not fund general operations or capital equipment at this time.

RCUW Member Organizations’ grant requests for programs that meet or exceed RCUW expectations will receive funding priority. See our evaluation rubric.

2021 RCUW Community Impact Goals:

Give children a strong start (birth to 8 years of age)

We all benefit when every child from the earliest age has a strong developmental start. RCUW funds programs that improve developmental opportunities for lower-income, at-risk children. We seek to address the following challenges:

  • Access to affordable, quality preschool and childcare
  • Access to other early childhood development programs that promote literacy, kindergarten preparation or parenting skills
  • Childhood food insecurity
  • Childhood mental health
  • Need for more and better qualified preschool teachers

Provide youth a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment (9-17 years of age)

Transitions are sometimes tough for young people, particularly at-risk youth. RCUW seeks to fund programs and initiatives that will support the successful transition of elementary school students into middle school, of middle school students into high school and of high school students into adulthood. Challenges that we will look to address are:

  • Literacy at grade level
  • Financial literacy or work/life readiness
  • Food insecurity
  • Mental health support and suicide prevention
  • Bullying prevention and support for diversity
  • Access to alcohol, tobacco, vaping and other drugs
  • Need for student engagement and/or parental support
  • Healthy behavioral boundaries
  • Appropriate use of technology

Improve the financial stability of all Routt County residents in need (families and adults 18 years and older)

With 30% of Routt County households living below the county self-sufficiency standard, many individuals and families struggle to make ends meet. Lack of savings or insurance may make other adults or families vulnerable to unanticipated, adverse circumstances. Financial self-sufficiency may be difficult to achieve or maintain for people who have poor mental health or who experience physical or emotional abuse. Programs that seek to achieve the following will be considered:

  • Build financial skills and social/emotional resiliency through adult education or counselling in such areas as household financial management, mental health and well-being, suicide prevention, family relationships, or workplace readiness
  • Reduce food insecurity
  • Enable seniors to live in their homes longer if they wish
  • Prevent domestic violence or abuse
  • Improve family stability

How to Apply:

The Routt County United Way (RCUW) 2021 grant cycle opens January 19, 2021. All grant applications and supporting documents are due by March 3, 2021 by 5:00pm MST.

We have 2 different grant applications. The criteria for each are shown below.

Thank you, RCUW Member Organizations, for applying!

Community Program Application

Community Programs are limited to an annual funding request from RCUW in an amount not exceeding $1,000. Community Programs must provide services to help lower-income Routt County residents to develop their potential or to meet their basic needs and align with one of RCUW’s community impact goals.

Nonprofit Application

Non-profit organizations do not have a dollar limitation on the amount they can ask for their program. Non-profit organizations must be tax exempt, provide services to Routt County residents that fulfill a human service need in support of one of RCUW’s community impact goals, and meet other key considerations.

All funded programs must review actual results with RCUW by completing a Grant Report. Questions should be directed to Kate Nowak:

Grant Applications
Grant Report
Supplemental Instructions
RCUW Evaluation Rubric