RCUW Grant Application Information

Mission & Vision

Routt County United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community and uniting with our partners to succeed in key impact areas: early childhood education, youth success, financial stability, and health and crisis services.

The Routt County United Way (RCUW) 2020 grant cycle opens December 1, 2019. All grant applications and supporting documents are due by January 29, 2020.  

We have 2 different grant applications.  Please see the criteria below.



Community Programs are limited to an annual funding request from RCUW in an amount not exceeding $1,000. Community Programs must provide services to Routt County residents that fulfill a human service need in one of RCUW’s impact areas.


Non-profit organizations do not have a dollar limitation on the amount they can ask for their program.  Non-profit organizations must be a 501c3 organization, provide services to Routt County residents that fulfill a human service need in one of RCUW’s impact areas and meet other key considerations. Thank you, RCUW Member Organizations, for applying!

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

This grant application accepts up to two programs.  If you want to apply for more than two programs, you will need to complete more than one application

2020 Impact Areas & Priorities

Early Childhood Education: Birth to 8 years of age

RCUW seeks to increase access for children into quality preschools.  We also are interested in literacy, kindergarten preparation and other early childhood development programs. In addition, we will look to address the following challenges:

  • Unbalanced resource allocation across the county

  • Lack of trained preschool teachers

Youth Success: 9 to 17 years of age

Transitions are sometimes tough for young people, particularly at-risk youth.  Routt County United Way seeks 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:

  • An increased need for youth mental health support

  • Bullying and lack of tolerance for diversity

  • Access to alcohol, tobacco, vaping and other drugs

  • Lack of student engagement and parental support

  • Truancy and unexcused absences

  • Programs that focus on healthy boundaries and use of technology

Financial Stability: Individuals and couples 18 years and older

With 20% of our population in Routt County living below the county self-sufficiency standard, many individuals and families are struggling to stay in their homes and make ends meet. Programs that look to address the following will be considered:

  • Motivated individuals that want to become self-sufficient

  • Keeping seniors in their homes longer if they wish

  • Education outreach on finance, health & well-being, family relationships, work/career

  • Decrease numbers on public assistance

    Improved family stability

Health & Crisis Services: all ages

Crisis services are essential to the health and safety of members in our community.  We will look to fund programs that work on the following:

  • Teenage pregnancies

  • Domestic violence

  • Provide emergency medical, housing, and other crisis support and services

  • Prevent and educate about suicide and bullying

  • Mental health education and crisis situations

  • Food insecurity

Key Considerations for Grant Success


  • Fund a program aligned with your core organization goals.

  • Serve primarily lower-income, at-risk clients in Routt County.

  • Address a RCUW impact area priority.

  • Show strong program management ability by delivering, critically evaluating and improving program results.


  • Exhibit strong oversight by an engaged Board of Directors.

  • Present a financially healthy organization with reviewed or audited financial statements.

RCUW Member Organizations’ programs that meet or exceed these expectations will receive funding priority.

Grant Review Requirements

All funded programs must review actual results with RCUW by completing a grant review in one of the two forms below:  

  • If you apply to RCUW in 2021 to renew program funding, answer the performance questions in the 2021 grant application.

If you choose not to apply to renew program funding in 2021 or if you discontinue the program, submit a grant review document by May 1, 2021 that supplies program information flagged “Grant Review” in this grant application.

Access our grant applications and summary report here.

Access our supplemental grant instructions here.

Questions should be directed to Kate Nowak at kate@RouttCountyUnitedWay.org or 970-879-5605