Anti-Poverty Grant



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The United Way Douglas County (UWDGCO) is accepting proposals for Anti-Poverty and Family Stabilization projects for a July 2022-June 2023 grant period. Agencies can apply for both grant opportunities. United Way makes investments in measurable progress toward increasing access and reducing barriers for low-income Douglas County community members, prioritizing people who are low-income, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and others experiencing systemic marginalization and oppression. Because anti-poverty projects are bolstered by basic-needs funding, organizations with adequate capacity and reach can also complete a supplemental request for direct service funds.

At United Way, we are focused on one singular cause: reducing poverty. Poverty determines a child’s access to quality educational experiences, healthcare, nutrition and even life expectancy, trapping generations of families in poverty. In Douglas County, it is the single greatest issue that we face, but together we can break the cycle of poverty. 



Grant investments will be prioritized for whole-family approaches with an emphasis on BIPOC families with minor children. A successful proposal will acknowledge that a child’s development and an adult caregiver’s needs are interconnected. Successful services must benefit both the child and the adult(s) in their lives. The Aspen Institute offers information and resources to build a multigenerational approach.

The complexity of poverty makes it nearly impossible for any single agency to make significant progress alone. Investments will prioritize projects that embrace the spirit of the Collective Impact framework. This simply means acknowledging the importance of collaboration, dedication to shared goals, reducing duplication, and identifying ways to maximize impact. 











A just, equitable, & inclusive community for residents of all racial & ethnic backgrounds in Douglas County.

All youth in Douglas County have equitable opportunities to achieve their full potential through quality education.

Equitable access to services & resources to foster physical, mental, emotional, & social well-being for everyone in Douglas County.

Equitable access to stability and independence through housing, just wages, & the opportunity to build generational wealth for everyone in Douglas County.

Project Focus/Goal Examples:

Affordable, equitable & accessible jobs training and placement programs, including mentorship and education for BIPOC entrepreneurs.

Increase access to quality & equitable early education.

Provide coordinated multigenerational supports related to mental health and trauma.

Decrease the number of Douglas County low-income BIPOC families with children who are spending more than 10% of their income on childcare.


For more information about specific eligibility criteria, investment goals, and the application process, please download the RFP Manual

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