Grant Funding


Click here for an update on our granting 2019-2020 cycle
and the upcoming 2020-2021 cycle.




Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)- NOW CLOSED

Funded by the Government of Canada as part of Employment and Social Development Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island is supporting local community service organizations to provide rapid, innovative emergency community support to vulnerable community members during COVID-19.


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

Nanaimo area: COVID-19 Economic Response Plan-

Duncan area: Indigenous COVID-19 Economic Response Plan-NOW CLOSED


COVID-19 Seniors Response Fund- NOW CLOSED

Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, United Way created the COVID-19 Seniors Response Fund to help local charitable agencies that provide immediate essential services for those over the age of 55. UWCNVI has received $120,000 to invest in grants for services to address the most pressing needs of seniors in our communities.

See news release highlighting funded agencies, here.


To discuss your organization’s eligibility for funding please contact

Investing Locally

We funded more than 115 programs 
through 90 agencies across central and northern Vancouver Island in 2018-2019.


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


The 2019-2020 grant cycle has closed.

Please stay in touch for the next grant cycle which will open spring 2020.

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.


I Want to Apply!

Applications are currently closed, please check back next spring. 

Contact us if you have further questions.