At their 2013 FEBRUARY 27 meeting, the United Way Board of Directors approved the allocation of $60,000 for Community Impact Grants.

 The purpose of Community Impact funding is to enable not-for-profit human service agencies and organizations to respond quickly and creatively to pressing human needs in our community.  In addition to supporting quick response, Community Impact Grants allow time to develop program sustainability where the need is ongoing.

 With the Community Fund and the Women’s Leadership Council Grants as the traditional funding streams, United Way’s Director, Community Impact, Helen Heath, is delighted to provide yet another avenue of United Way funding. “The support we received through this year’s campaign exceeded our expectations.  As a result, we are now able to give an opportunity to more social service providers to explore new or improved ways of delivering needed services; develop services which address emerging or newly identified needs; respond to unmet needs and expand existing services into new communities through-out Chatham-Kent; or adopt models of service delivery which leverage existing community resources.”

Applications are available at United Way’s three locations: United Way Centre for Community Innovation – 425 McNaughton Avenue West, Chatham; Wallaceburg Information and H.E.L.P. Centre – 152 Duncan Street, Wallaceburg and Tilbury Information and H.E.L.P. Centre – 20 Queen Street, Tilbury.  Grant applications are also available on United Way’s new website at http://uwock.ca/how-we-help/community-investment/

 Deadline for submissions is 2013 MAY 15 at 5:00 pm.

 For more information contact Helen Heath, Director, Community Impact at 519-354-0430 or helen@uwock.ca.