Grant Funding



Reaching Home COVID-19 Economic Response Plan funding

funded by the Government of Canada, United Way is pleased to open three applications streams supporting organizations in the homeless-serving sector responding to the COVID-19 outbreak in the Nanaimo and Duncan areas.

Nanaimo area: COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan


 Our 2021-2022 Community Partner Grant applications are now closed.


Thank you for your interest. 

Successful applicants will be contacted by the end of May.

Investing Locally

Since April 2020, UWCNVI has funded 132 organizations delivering 251 programs helping over 45,000 of our neighbours and friends in need from the Malahat to Port Hardy. 

Because of our on the ground knowledge of our Vancouver Island communities, the Federal government knew they had a trusted ally in United Way and was quick to help Canadians cope with the pandemic through the Emergency Community Support Fund, increased New Horizons: Seniors Response Fund, and significant Reaching Home: COVID Emergency funding.  

Thanks to these partnerships and our ongoing, generous donors, UWCNVI has invested $4.5 million into our region since last March. 

In our 2019-2020 fiscal year, we funded more than 89 programs through 65 agencies across central and northern Vancouver Island in 2019-2020.


Read our full list of agencies funded for the 2019-2020 grant cycle here and find out more about our grants below.



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

1. Community Partner Grants - offered to registered Canadian charities providing local services in the region of UWCNVI. Grants were available for the following amount in these communities:

  • Campbell River: micro grants up to $2,000 per program
  • Comox Valley: grants up to $5,000 per program
  • Central Island: grants up to $10,000 per program
  • Cowichan: micro grants up to $2,000 per program

2. Community Development Grants are also 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 were selected based on the work our local Impact Officers are undertaking with issue-based local coalitions, tables or taskforces and/or to address local issues.

In order to be eligible for a Community Partner Grant, 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 and expenses include:

  • 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)

Yes! We invest in services and initiatives in central and northern Vancouver Island to help those in need. Learn more about our work.

We are interested in funding new programs that target root causes, programs testing new solutions or where one or more charities plans to work together (both organizations can qualify for a grant for a joint project).

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. Grant applications are closed for 2019-2020, please check back next spring.

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I Want to Apply!

Applications are now closed. 

Contact us if you have further questions.