Funding Opportunities


There are no open grant opportunities.

See past funding areas and details below.

Grant funds available to any nonprofit in Pueblo County meeting a critical community need not currently funded by United Way.  Programs that qualify should address a pressing, unmet mental health or senior service need in Pueblo County. Both current United Way partner agencies and any nonprofit agency with a 501(c)3 IRS designation may apply. 

Qualifying programs will address a pressing, unmet need that can demonstrate a significant, measurable impact in one of United Way’s pillars of focus: Family Strengthening & Senior Services, Crisis Intervention & Mental Health, Youth Enrichment, or Financial Empowerment. Range: $5,000 - $20,000.
Deadline:  May 31 @ 11:59pm

El Pomar Foundation Community Problem Solving Grant

This endowment fund was established by the El Pomar Foundation to address critical and emergency needs for the homeless and indigent in Pueblo County.  Funds are distributed annually to nonprofit, human service agencies that directly address the needs of the community in the following areas: direct service to the homeless population, direct assistance to the indigent including transportation, food, clothing, utility and rent assistance, medical prescriptions, and related supplies.  Grant funds are strictly for direct service only. Awards range from $1,000 - $10,000.

Deadline:  May 31 @ 11:59pm

Emergency Food & Shelter Program - Phase 39 & ARPA-R

The Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program has announced that Pueblo County has been chosen to receive $389,129 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. Funds will be awarded in two phases: $95,124 for Phase 39 and $294,005 for Phase ARPA-R.

United Way of Pueblo County will administer the funds on behalf of the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program through the Department of Homeland Security to local organizations. Any 501©3 nonprofit, faith-based or local government agency that provides ongoing food and/or shelter services may apply. Program guidelines and application included below. 

EFSP funds must be used to supplement food and shelter services and may not be used as seed money for new programs.  The key responsibility of participating organizations is to provide assistance within the intent of the program.  Agencies may receive funds to provide food, shelter and supportive services, including, but not limited to:

  • Food services, such as congregate meals or groceries;
  • Lodging in a mass shelter, or in a hotel/motel or other off-site shelter facility limited to 30-days assistance per individual or household;
  • Up to 90 days (3 months) rent or mortgage assistance to prevent eviction or foreclosure;
  • Up to 90 days (3 months) of utility assistance for gas, electric and water service;
  • Supplies, including but not limited to cleaning supplies, and small equipment essential to feed or shelter people, not exceeding $300 per item

Individuals in need of assistance may not apply directly for funds; rather, services will be provided through area non-profit agencies.

A mandatory virtual meeting will be held for program applicants on Thursday, March 3 @ 10:00a.m. Additional EFSP information can be found by visiting

Deadline:  Saturday, February 26, 2022 @ 11:59pm.

Download application and review funding guidance below.
Phase 39 & ARPA-R - Emergency Food & Shelter Program Application - Word

Phase ARPA-R - Emergency Food & Shelter Program Application - PDF
Program Overview & Guidance
Phase 39 & ARPA-R Program Changes


If you have any questions,
please do not hesitate to contact us at 719-225-8580.

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