At their 2015 MAR 25 meeting, the United Way Board of Directors approved the allocation of $50,000 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 two of the traditional funding streams, United Way’s Director, Community Impact, Helen Heath, is delighted to provide another round of United Way Community Impact Grant funding. “Our Board is committed to providing funding opportunities to address new and emerging needs in our community.  These grants will allow 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 throughout Chatham-Kent; or adopt models of service delivery which leverage existing community resources.”

New this year, and as a part of the $50,000 available, $20,000 will be specifically targeted to new programs and initiatives which assist vulnerable youth in our communities, particularly those living in poverty and at risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness.

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 website at http://uwock.ca/how-we-help/community-investment/.

Deadline for submissions is 2015 MAY 29 at 5:00 pm.

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