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Thank you for your interest. Our grant applications are now closed for 2019-2020. 

Thanks to 2018 financial donations to UWCNVI from many generous donors, funds are available to be reinvested into local communities through charities working to create positive impacts

What Grants Are Available?

United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) has two streams of grants available for 2019-2020:

1. Community Partner Grants are determined through the process outlined in this communication and applied for online through our new grant software system.

Community Partner Grants are offered to registered Canadian charities providing local services in the region of UWCNVI. For successful applicants, funding will commence in August 2019 for 12 months. Grants are available for the following amount in these communities:

  • Campbell River: micro grants are available for up to $2,000 per program
  • Comox Valley: agencies are eligible to apply for grants up to $5,000 per program
  • Central Island: agencies are eligible to apply for grants up to $10,000 per program
  • Cowichan: micro grants are available for up to $2,000 per program
2. Community Development Grants will also be offered in each region in response to emerging community needs, and to encourage community agencies to work together collaboratively on pressing issues such as the opioid crisis, affordable housing, homelessness and support for programs in Indigenous communities and agencies.

These grants, in the amount of $5,000 to $20,000 per project will be selected based on the work our local Impact Officers have been and are continuing to do with issue-based local coalitions, tables or taskforces and/or to address local issues deriving from research and programs being developed by United Ways across BC.  

Impact Officers in your community will reach out to agencies to explore investing through a 2019-2020 Community Development Grant. There will be no Letter of Interest or Call for Proposal application for these grants. Funding decisions will be announced through 2019-20 after MOUs are negotiated with agencies delivering the programs.

What Organizations are Eligible to Apply?

In order to be eligible for the Community Partner grants, an organization must be a registered Canadian charity, operating local programs in the following communities: Cowichan, Central Island, Ladysmith, Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Port Alberni, Comox Valley, and Campbell River.

Non-Eligible Organizations?Expenses:

  • Organizations without Charitable Registration Numbers/BN Registration Numbers
  • Formal education – universities, school districts, private schools  
  • Hospitals  
  • For-profit organizations  
  • Political parties
  • Religious activities
  • Individuals  
  • Capital expenditures  
  • General operating expenditures (not program specific) 

Is My Program Eligible?

 This year, United Way will be accepting submissions under our impact areas:  

  • From Poverty to Possibility  
  • All That Kids Can Be  
  • Healthy People

We welcome Community Partners to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) that falls within the three impact areas, however, our main priorities for 2019-2020 are:

  • Seniors
  • Middle Years: Youth (ages 7-24)
  • Various programs under Poverty to Possibility

In Comox and Central Island where larger Community Partner grants are available, we are interested in funding new programs that target root causes, programs testing new solutions or where one or more charity plans to work together (both organizations can qualify for a grant for a joint project).

Please note that UWCNVI is not funding grants for Early Years programs(serving children 0 to 6 years) in 2019-2020. Provincial funding for Early Years programs has increased and other funders are also investing significantly in this area.

How Do I Apply?

All charities applying for a Community Partner Grant will be required to fill out a Letter of Interest (LOI) using our new on-line grant system.

  • In Cowichan and Campbell River, where microgrants of $2,000 are available, the LOI will act as the application for funding. Successful applicants will be notified after the LOIs are reviewed.
  • In Comox and Central Island, your LOI will be reviewed and shortlisted applicants will be requested to fill-in a full grant application to be considered for funding. The full application will be due by May 31, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified after the full applications are reviewed.

You may submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for a Community Partner Grant between the dates of April 19, 2019 and May 10, 2019.

Here is the link to submit your LOI:https://uwcnvigrants.ca/2019/


April 19 – Community Partner Grant Letters of Intent Open

May 10 – Community PartnerGrant Letters of Intent Close


May 16 - 28 – UWCNVI will follow-up with you if more information is required

May 31 – Deadline to submit further information, if requested by UWCNVI

All grants announced by July 5



If you have received funding previously, you have likely received two emails from us to let you know of changes to our funding this year. Please find both communication pieces here:

Letter to Community Partners - Dec. 2018

United Way CNVI Impact investments/grant cycle 2019-2020 - April 2019


Cowichan and Central Island

Melaina Patenaude


(250) 618-4232


Campbell River and Comox Valley

Kristi Schwanicke


(250) 618-0030


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