Anti-Poverty Grant



Deadline to Apply: May 5, 2021

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At United Way, we are focused on one singular cause: ending multigenerational poverty. Poverty determines a child’s access to quality educational experiences, healthcare, nutrition and even life expectancy, trapping generations of families in poverty. In Douglas County, it is the single greatest issue that we face, but together we can break the cycle of poverty. We are working to create a community where every child has equitable opportunities to thrive, with the services, resources, and tools to escape multigenerational cycles of poverty. We focus on multigenerational strategies that support whole families from cradle to career, focusing on early childhood education and employment with family-sustaining wages.

In January 2021 the United Way Douglas County Human Services Coalition approved our collective impact Community Health Plan to Reduce Poverty. This plan is the culmination of more than 15 months of work of the Human Services Coalition Anti-Poverty workgroup, which involved the deep involvement of more than two dozen multi-sector organizations and community representatives. Drawing on local data on the factors and conditions that perpetuate cycles of poverty and those most deeply impacted by poverty through systemic oppression, the goal of our work focuses on fostering an equitable Douglas County economy by implementing systems-based solutions to reduce local poverty and discrimination and to expand access to opportunities so all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.

The Douglas County Community Health Poverty Reduction Plan, developed by the Human Services Coalition and led by the United Way and Douglas County, centers on creating policy, systems and environmental changes that reduce poverty among BIPOC families with children in our county. This collective impact plan includes three priority focus areas – Children & Childcare, Employment and Entrepreneurship, and the Decriminalization of Poverty – and informs our own anti-poverty strategies and agenda. The UWDGCO anti-poverty plan brings together the Children and Childcare and Employment and Entrepreneurship priority focus areas to focus on multigenerational approaches to reduce poverty. What is often referred to as a 2-Gen or Two Generation Approach, the UWDGCO multigenerational strategy to poverty reduction prioritizes a coordinated system of whole family supports, bridging child-focused strategies with parent elements and parent-focused strategies with child elements.



Our goal is to break multigenerational cycles of poverty by wrapping children and families in a coordinated system of supports that increase pathways out of poverty through a focus on the holistic needs of families from cradle to career.

Our anti-poverty investment strategies are taken directly from the Community Health Poverty Reduction Plan, and are supported by evidence-based practices of multigenerational strategies developed by Ascend at the Aspen Institute.  Anti-poverty grant investments will be prioritized for whole-family approaches with an emphasis on BIPOC families with minor children, which focus equally and intentionally on services and opportunities for the child and the adults in their lives, and articulate and track outcomes for both children and adults simultaneously.



2021-2022 Impact Grants will be invested in projects that align with the following priority areas and are demonstrated to achieve the outlined objectives.


Multigenerational family supports from early learning to workforce development.

Focus Areas

Quality & Equitable Early Education

Multigenerational Family Supports

Career Pathways & Pipelines


Decrease the number of Douglas County low-income BIPOC families with children who are spending more than 10% of their income on childcare.

Decrease the number of families with young children living at or below federal poverty level.

Increase the number of adults earning a family-sustaining wage in Douglas County. 

Investment Priority

Quality, flexible, equitable and accessible early childhood education, prioritizing low-income BIPOC families.

Programs that provide coordinated multigenerational supports, including resource navigation to expand number of qualifying families enrolled in DCF childcare subsidies and other support services.

Affordable, equitable & accessible jobs training and placement programs, including mentorship and education for BIPOC entrepreneurs.


For more information about specific eligibility criteria, investment goals, and the application process, please download the RFP Manual




Applications are due May 5, 2021

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