Neighborhood Grants



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


Any Pierce County community-led groups in the Buckley, Franklin Pierce, Key Peninsula or Orting neighborhoods are eligible to apply this year. Each group must include at least four volunteers. The following groups are encouraged to apply: 

2019 criteria

We work from the heart to unite caring people to tackle our community’s toughest challenges.

•  Projects must aim to achieve positive changes in their community and show the identified challenge, plans to address it, and the change the project will bring.

 • Projects must be carried out in the neighborhood or community where the members live.

•  Check online for additional project criteria such as the recipient must be a community or resident-led group and hasn’t been funded more than two times in the Neighborhood Grants process.

how to apply

Complete the Application


  • April 5, 2019: last day to submit application (submitted via web form)

  • April 17, 2019: awards will be announced at Celebrate Community




Beautify Buckley is a group of volunteers that are working to implement a Day of Service by bringing the community together to beautify local parks and trails. In September of 2018 there were over 80 volunteers that participated. The goal is to make this an annual event.

Merry on Main aims to create a community event that brings family-friendly fun to downtown Buckley at Christmas time as a way of building community relations and supporting our core downtown business owners. Highlights include decorating the streets, houses and businesses, weekly volunteer carol singers, and free coffee provided by the local high school students.

Orting Valley Senior Center-Senior Food Pantry works to help supplement seniors food costs so that they may pay for other expenses such as out of pocket medical/prescriptions, rent, utilities etc. As an unofficial food bank, they do not receive traditional funding and rely on community support.

Weekend Food Program is run by a group of community volunteers out of the Community Presbyterian Church in an effort to combat food insecurity. They work within the school district to send home meals for the weekends for families that otherwise would be at risk of not having enough.