United Way of Chatham-Kent is changing the way it is investing in community services. The new funding model provides a targeted stream of funding that supports its vision for a community united by strong human-based services so that everyone has the opportunity to build a better life for themselves and their families.

United Way has designed a new two-year funding model for 2019-2021 that focuses and intensifies their investments towards high-impact programs which align with United Way’s funding priorities, while providing more flexibility to respond to changing conditions and needs. As part of this new investment framework, United Way is initiating an open call for proposals.

The funding priorities for 2019-2021, as outlined by United Way’s Board of Directors, are as follows:

  • All That Kids Can Be
    • Success in School (Youth high-school completion)
    • Emotional and Physical Wellbeing
  • From Poverty to Possibility
    • Food Security
    • Financial Literacy and Individual Support
  • Healthy People
    • Seniors’ Health and Wellbeing (social isolation)
    • Mental Health Support
  • Strong Communities
    • Organizational Capacity Building and Volunteer Leadership Development

Full details of the funding priorities can be found here:
FUNDING PRIORITIES AND INVESTMENT AREAS – 2019-2021

Individual organizations or groups of organizations are eligible to apply for funding. If a collaborative proposal is being submitted, a lead organization must be chosen on behalf of the group of agencies and this organization must complete the application and be responsible for all funding requirements.

Please note, United Way does not fund individuals.

To be eligible for United Way’s Community Fund funding, your organization must:

  • Be a Canadian registered charitable organization;
  • Have third-party reviewed financial statements for at least one year (fiscal 2017);
  • Provide human-based social or community services in Chatham-Kent; and
  • Demonstrate clear alignment and measurable outcomes within United Way’s funding priorities and investment areas.

As a first step, organizations will be asked to complete an online Letter of Intent in United Way’s CommunityForce system in order to determine if they meet the eligibility criteria and organizational requirements.

Those wishing to complete a Letter of Intent should visit our site online at: https://uwock.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx.

The Letter of Intent process begins on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and must be submitted no later than noon on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Successful programs will be invited to complete a full application effective July 1, 2018.

After completing a community consultation process, many new changes have been implemented in the new funding process. For example, United Way funds programs. Therefore, there is now no blackout period for agency specific fundraising. For more details on obligations for receiving funds from United Way, please consult the following document:
COMMUNITY FUND AGREEMENT – APPROVED – 2018 MAR 28

Should you have any questions, please contact Helen Heath, Director, Community Impact at helen@uwock.ca or call (519) 354-0430.