Every two years, United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties solicits requests for proposals to partner with us to address our community's biggest challenges. Grants are awarded competitively to programs that align closely with our strategic priorities to address the local areas of greatest need:

  • Childhood success
  • Youth success
  • Health
  • Financial stability
  • Basic needs

Grant proposals for $6,000 - $40,000 per program will be considered. Priority will be given to programs that focus on children and families within the above five focus areas. Together, we’re solving our region’s biggest problems and creating lasting change.


Applications for our next two-year funding cycle will be accepted January 6 - February 16, 2020.  Following the review and approval process by the UWBFCO Board of Directors, grant funding will begin on July 1, 2020.


To be eligible for funding by United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties, agencies must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Provides health or human services to people in Benton and/or Franklin County, Washington, USA;
  2. Registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in good standing with the IRS;
  3. Registered with the Washington State Secretary of State as a charitable organization;
  4. Complies annually with the USA PATRIOT Act;
  5. Does not engage in discrimination because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law in the delivery of services;
  6. Has an active board of directors that meets with a quorum at least quarterly;
  7. Prepares financial statements at least quarterly which are reviewed and approved by the board of directors;
  8. Submits to United Way a financial statement for the 2018 fiscal year or more recent, following the BBB Wise Giving Alliance guidelines for audit reports (Standard #11);
  9. Files a Form 990 or 990-EZ with the Internal Revenue Service annually if gross receipts exceed $50,000, or files a Form 990-N Electronic Notice (e-Postcard) if gross receipts are at or below $50,000.


Optional information sessions will be held at the United Way office, located at 401 N. Young St. in Kennewick:

  • January 7 - 9:00 am
  • January 10 - 1:00 pm



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If you have additional questions, please email or call 509-581-3939.

United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties improves lives and strengthens communities. We build collaborations with individuals, businesses, and nonprofits to address challenges that no one agency can solve alone to provide the building blocks of opportunity—education, income and health—that every person needs to thrive. Together, we’re solving our region’s biggest problems and creating lasting change.