Neighborhood Grants


United Way volunteersUnited Way of Pierce County’s Neighborhood Grants Program provides financial and technical support to resident or community-led groups for projects that help children and families in their neighborhood.

2018 Recipients

98404 Little Free Library Community: Little Free Libraries (registration of 30 Little Free Libraries/create a stewards network),  Dometop Neighborhood Alliance: Kids Club, Health & Environment (community garden boxes, plants and tools and cooking supplies in food deserts), Salishan Association: Salishan Reads(multi-lingual reading materials, acknowledging the diversity of languages in the neighborhood), Spanaway Lions Club: See, Hear! Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids ( eyeglasses and hearing aids to students when their families are unable to afford to buy or replace) and Kiwanis Club of South Pierce County: Kiwanis Care for Care Closets (secondary school children with hygiene supplies, non-perishable food and clothing)


Any Pierce County community-led groups in the Bethel, Franklin Pierce, Sumner or Eastside Tacoma (Salishan) neighborhoods are eligible to apply this year. Each group must include at least four volunteers.

The following groups are encouraged to apply: 

  • Any resident, informal group of neighbors or community-led group working on a project or activity that will directly benefit their community. 
  • Advocacy groups focusing on neighborhood improvements such as: after-school programs, community gardens, etc. 
  • Neighborhood or apartment associations, neighborhood watches that develop resident leadership to identify and resolve neighborhood issues. 
  • Support groups where none exist due to transportation or language barriers, or subject matter.


Projects must be carried out in the neighborhood or community where the members live. In addition, a group applying for a Neighborhood Grant will be selected based on the following criteria.

Need: Does the project fulfill a community need that is not being met? 

Involvement: Does the group involve other people in the project? Are decisions made collectively and not by one person?

Impact: Will the group’s project achieve positive changes for their community in the areas of:

  1. Building Strong Families by creating neighborhood opportunities to build a stable home environment;
  2. Ensuring a Strong Start for Kids through activities that help children be ready for kindergarten;
  3. Ensuring Success in the Early Grades with activities that engage children in reading and brings them to grade level reading;
  4. Meeting Basic Needs of families by creating projects that invest in food, housing and other essential needs?

(Examples: Childcare Network, Safe Transportation Network, Healthy Lifestyle Activities, Portable Library or Little Free Libraries, Leadership Training, Bullying Prevention, Neighborhood Field Trips; Community Garden,  Bike Share,  Walking Buses)

We DO NOT fund:

  • Academic research
  • Capital campaigns
  • Debt reduction or legal settlements
  • Expenses incurred prior to the grant award date
  • The creation of, or addition to endowment funds
  • Funding to schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services
  • Projects whose main purpose is fundraising
  • Individuals, including scholarships
  • Political campaigns
  • Religious activities or services 


Complete the Application


  • March 1: application available
  • March 23: last day to submit application (submitted via web form)
  • April 17: awards will be announced