Community Investment Grant

United Way of the Blue Mountains is now accepting applications for the 2024 Community Investment Grant Cycle. Please read the information provided below for guidelines and timetable. Only completed applications received by the deadline (3:00 PM, May 13, 2024) will be considered. 

Eligibility Criteria: 

Please note the following information regarding United Way funding:

United Way awards are subject to available funding.

To be eligible for funding from United Way of the Blue Mountains, an organization must meet the following requirements:

  • The organization must provide health, welfare, charitable, or character-building services that fulfill a community need identified by United Way and the community.
  • The organization must provide "on the ground," tangible services to residents of Umatilla and/or Morrow counties.
  • The organization must be a not-for-profit entity in good standing in Oregon and found to be tax-exempt as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS for at least two years.
  • The organization must be governed by an active, responsible Board of Directors that serves Umatilla and Morrow Counties without pay, meets regularly, and demonstrates administrative and fiscal control of the organization.
  • No more than 80% of agency revenues can be derived from government sources, except where a specific program may be the organization's focus in seeking United Way funding. The program revenues must be fully separate and auditable and meet the 80% test.
  • The organization must provide services without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, or national origin.
  • The organization should be financially sound and well-managed.
  • The United Way of the Blue Mountains Board of Directors considers other issues including community priorities or gaps in services identified by community-wide assessments, duplication of services, geographic service area, and the United Way's ability to raise funds locally to support its current and future funding.
  • The organization must be willing to conduct a United Way fundraising campaign among its staff, volunteers, and board members.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate the intended use of funds in a budget format.
  • United Way of the Blue Mountains reserves the right to reject or reduce an applicant's requested amount.
  • New organizations must provide current copies of the following:
    • 501(c)(3) IRS Determination Letter
    • Most current IRS Form 990
    • Independent Audit if total organization revenues exceed $500,000
    • Independent Financial Review if revenues total less than $500,000
    • List of current Board of Directors (Name, Title, Business, Address, Phone)

NOTE:  Organizations whose mission/purpose are primarily education/awareness, political, religious, arts, cultural, mainstream medical or recreational in nature, construction or remodeling, job training, or who provide services the United Way deems as the primary responsibility of government, will not be considered for funding. 


All applicants are required to have or create an account to complete and submit your application.  Keep your username and password handy so that you can "save a draft" and return to complete your submission. Also, this username and password will continue to be used for agency reporting and future applications. 

  • LOGIN HERE (If you already have a username and password) 
  • CREATE AN ACCOUNT (New users only - an email will be sent to you) 
  • RESET YOUR PASSWORD (If your email has been used previously, you can reset your password) 
  • LOGOUT (Be sure to log out once you have saved your draft or submitted your application)  
  • If you are having trouble logging in please watch this video or call 509.529.1183.


  • Step 1- Download the following documents 
  • Step 2 - Save each document with a title that includes your organization's name. 
  • Step 3 - Upload each completed document in the designated spaces in the application form below. 

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  Do not leave any blanks; enter N/A if not applicable. 
Submit the completed application by 3:00 PM, May 13, 2024.  

Grant awards will be announced on May 22, 2024.