Funding Opportunities

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United Way is working to identify additional ways we can support you, our incredible nonprofit community, in the upcoming year and beyond. Our team, committee, and Board of Trustees is currently revisiting our Community Investments model- the various ways we support the community to determine how we can improve partnerships and support, to include, but not limited to, our proposed UWPC Nonprofit Center and other outreach opportunities. We do none of this work alone and we fully recognize that the adjustments we make affect the entire community. We want to work with you to help envision how we can better leverage supports and ensure resources are available and needs are met. LIVE UNITED is much more than a worldwide credo, it is the drive in which we return to because together we can truly accomplish great things.

This survey was designed to help provide a quick snapshot of needs which accompanies numerous conversations and observations over many years, a piece to the picture to make a collective impact for the greater good. 

Funding for Veteran Serving Organizations

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Thanks to the generosity of the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Pueblo County is proud to announce a special grant focused on veteran-serving organizations. This funding opportunity is open to any 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide specific programs/services to veterans living in Pueblo County. Based on applications received, up to four grants will be awarded. A total of $10,000 is available for this grant opportunity ($2,500 - $10,000).

Grant Opens: Friday, November 11, 2023
Grant Closes: Friday, December 15, 2023 at 5pm (no late applications will be accepted)
Grant Award Announcement: January 15, 2024

Member Agency, Community Impact, and El Pomar Foundation Community Problem Solving Grants are closed.

Community Impact Grant

Grant funds available to any nonprofit in Pueblo County meeting a critical community need not currently funded by United Way.  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: Economic Mobility & Opportunity, Youth Success, Crisis Intervention, or Nonprofit Capacity Development. Range: $2,500 - $20,000.


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.

Emergency Food & Shelter Program - Phase 40 is closed.

The Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program has announced that Pueblo County has been chosen to receive $96,672 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

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. Federal grants now require all potential applicants to have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) via 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 meeting will be held for program applicants Wednesday, March 8. Additional EFSP information can be found by visiting

Program Overview & Guidance
Phase 40 Application    Word version     PDF version


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

Additional Resources for Nonprofits

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