Applications Open for United Way of Western Nebraska Grants


United Way of Western Nebraska is excited to announce that grant applications are currently being accepted from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations for 2023-2024 United Way funding. Fund your good work in the community through a United Way community grant. Applications are available online at United Way work focuses on identifying the issues impacting the community in the areas of health, education, and financial stability. Services provided by the organizations must promote healthier lives, better education or financial stability, provide for and contribute primarily to human care and health needs operating and serving individuals in health, welfare, recreation, youth-guidance and/or character-building field.

Funds for the United Way of Western Nebraska grants are raised in the local community during the annual United Way fundraising campaign and through United Way special events. Agencies that apply and meet the funding criteria will be interviewed by a group of United Way volunteers that determine funding levels for each agency. Agencies seeking funding from the United Way of Western Nebraska main office will be interviewed on Thursday May 11 and Friday, May 12 in Scottsbluff, Dawes County interviews for funding will be held on Monday, May 8 in Chadron and Box Butte County interviews will be held on Thursday May 4 in Alliance. The amount of funding available is based on the final amount raised at the end of the United Way campaign.

United Way of Western Nebraska serves 11 counties in the Nebraska Panhandle and Platte County and Goshen County, Wyoming. The money raised in each area is available for agency funding in that county or service area. For instance, Scotts Bluff County area funds raised are granted to Scotts Bluff area nonprofits, Box Butte County funds raised are granted to Box Butte County agencies and Dawes County funds are given to Dawes County non-profits that apply for and are granted United Way funding.

Interested agencies must submit an intent to apply by emailing Karen Benzel at by no later than March 1, 2023 to receive a secure agency link to upload their application. The deadline to submit the United Way of Western Nebraska funding application is Friday, March 3, 2023. No late applications will be considered. Agencies may contact Karen Benzel, United Way of Western Nebraska Executive Director, in the Alliance office via email ( or by calling (308) 763-8031 or contact the Scottsbluff office at 308-635-2522 for more information.

United Way of Western Nebraska is a nonprofit organization that unites people and resources to build a stronger, healthier and more compassionate community. They support 25 local nonprofit agencies in the areas of education, health and financial stability. They have been reinvesting in Western Nebraska since their inception in 1945. For more information, visit