reducing barriers and finding security

In southeastern Idaho, two out of five households are above the poverty line, but do not make enough to make ends meet. These are what we call ALICE families - asset limited, income-constrained, but employed.

That means that nearly half of the households in Southeast Idaho – our friends and neighbors – do not earn enough to afford the essentials of housing, childcare, food, transportation, and health care.

At United Way of Southeastern Idaho we awarded more than $355,520 to 29 vetted and trusted local nonprofit programs through its annual competitive Community Fund grant process in the last year. These grants fund programs across Southeastern Idaho that help stabilize ALICE households by addressing housing stability and shelter, food insecurity, access to primary and mental healthcare and improving educational outcomes.

Last year eighteen local community volunteers served on panels that reviewed each nonprofit’s grant application to ensure that the funded programs deliver results, meet a need in our community, and are fiscally responsible.

Applications for nonprofits to apply will open again in January 2025. Please visit the Annual Grant Process page to learn more about the annual grant process.

United Way of Southeastern Idaho community investment panel volunteers meet with the Pocatello Senior Center during a site visit this spring.