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Grant Funding

 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.

This year our community partner grants will support:

Regions: Comox Valley, Central Island, Cowichan

Volunteer Program Development/ Implementation Support

Programs that help non-profit organizations plan, implement, manage and/or evaluate the use of volunteer personnel in their programs. This involves identifying and/or developing appropriate roles or positions for the effective use of volunteers, devising strategies for the recruitment and selection of volunteer personnel, planning and implementing training and supervision for volunteer staff and putting into place a volunteer recognition program.

Volunteer Recruitment/ Placement

Programs for individuals wanting to work full or part-time without compensation in a variety of fields that exemplify their skills, talents and attributes. Volunteers are matched with organizations that need volunteer support.

Volunteer Training

Programs for individuals wanting to volunteer their time, skills and talents to an organization. Programs include: orientation to and training in the role, responsibilities of the role, and policies of the specific agency once placed.

Regions: Comox Valley, Central Island, Cowichan

Seniors Companionship

Programs that provide friendship and shared activities and/or appropriate role models for individuals who suffer from lack of company, loneliness or social isolation, who need emotional support from a friend to cope with a difficult life situation, who need practice conversing in English, or who lack the companionship and guidance of an adult or peer role model.

Counselling Services

A collaboration between counsellor and client, where professionals can help clients identify goals and solutions to potential problems such as: communication, coping skills, self-esteem, personal and interpersonal relationships, and behavioural changes to establish optimal mental health.

Crisis Intervention

The objective of crisis intervention is to offer solutions to those individuals who find themselves frightened, in distress, or emotional turmoil. The goal is to defuse the situation, ensure the person's safety, and provide resources for support.

Ex-Offender Re-entry Programs

Programs that help people who have been released from a correctional facility make a successful transition to community life. Services generally include an assessment of the individual's needs, discussion of options and short-term case management involving coordination of needed services which may include job training, job placement and retention services, literacy skills development, GED courses, parenting classes, life skills training, and other sources of support.

Support Groups

Anonymous groups of individuals who are united by their experiences, strengths and hopes meet to exchange information, emotional support, and resources. Included are: facilitated groups, 12-step programs, and profession or non-professional meetings.

Regions: Comox Valley, Central Island, Cowichan, Campbell River and Area

Child and Youth Mentoring and Counselling Supports

Programs that provide friendship and shared activities and/or appropriate role models for individuals who suffer from lack of company, loneliness or social isolation, who need emotional support from a friend to cope with a difficult life situation.

Child and Youth (ages 8-24) Family Based Services

Programs that provide a wide variety of social services that are designed to support healthy family development, and improve the family's ability to resolve complex issues.

Regions: Comox Valley, Central Island, Cowichan

Adult Education

Programs offered by non-profits to expand knowledge regarding basic reading, language and mathematics. Programs are designed to support adults who have never participated in traditional education.

Meals

Programs that provide supplementary nutrition (which may include hot meals, snacks or milk) for individuals with low or fixed incomes, older adults, children from low-income families and/or people with diverse abilities.

Helpful details:

 

Registered Canadian charities operating local programs may apply for United Way Community Partner Grants.

Non-Eligible Organizations

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

Grants open: March 15, 2021

Grants close: 12:00 pm noon on April 16, 2021

Approved applications announced: End of May 2021

Funding begins: June 15, 2021

Funding ends: June 14, 2022

Final report due: June 30, 2022

Campbell River & Area - All That Kids Can Be (Child and Youth Mental Health ages 8-24).

Comox Valley, Central Island, Cowichan – Healthy Communities, Healthy People, All That Kids Can Be (Child and Youth Mental Health ages 8-24), Poverty to Possibility. 


Please note: It is part of United Way’s mandate that local fundraising stays local—local dollars always stay in the community they were raised. This structure determines the amount of funding that will be directly put back into that community. Therefore, we were not able to open grants in the Mount Waddington and Alberni Valley/West Coast regions at this time.

Nanaimo Regional District - $10,000

Cowichan Valley Regional District - $6,000

Comox Valley Regional District - $6,000

Strathcona Regional District (Campbell River and area) - $5,000


Applications are now closed.

 

2021-2022 Community Partner Grant FAQ, download here.


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.

FAQ

 

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 open on March 15, 2021. 

Contact us if you have further questions.

OPEN APPLICATIONS

 

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

LEARN MORE & APPLY HERE