Our Focus Areas

From Poverty to Possibility

  • Food Security
  • Housing Stability
  • Employment and Financial Literacy

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From Poverty to Possibility

Healthy People, Strong Communities

  • Connection to Supports
  • Neighbourhood Development and Engagement
  • Community Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Healthy People, Strong Communities

All That Kids Can Be

  • Success in School
  • Community Engagement and Leadership Development
  • Emotional and Physical Wellbeing

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All That Kids Can Be

Together, We Make a Difference Every Single Day

The United Way invests in programs that have a wide range of impact. United Way funding supports a network of agencies that provide vital programs to thousands of people in the region – single parents, abused women, families, young children and teenagers, the elderly, the physically challenged, the homeless.

All funding is disbursed to programs and services that fit within United Way’s 3 Community Impact Areas (1) From Poverty to Possibility, (2) Healthy People, Strong Communities and (3) All that Kids Can Be.

This base support of funding provides stability and allows agencies the flexibility to develop and respond to the emerging needs of the communities they serve. It allows them to make long-term plans, knowing they have a stable source of funding.

Recognizing the ever-changing needs of the community, United Way offers grants that provide support, enabling agencies to respond to new emerging needs and issues.

Community volunteers and professional staff review agency submissions and make funding recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors. They ensure that community resources are well invested, avoiding duplication and redundancy. United Way offers supports to agencies that may benefit from technical support or workshops that assist with professional development, board governance.

This process ensures accountability and supports strong service networks to help people when they need it most.

Want to know how many people were helped in your community? Download a breakdown by agency here.

Click here for a complete listing of our Partner Programs and Direct Services.

Community Building Grants

The purpose of Community Building funding is to enable nonprofit human service agencies and organizations to respond quickly and creatively to pressing human needs in our community.  In addition to supporting quick response, Community Building Grants allow time to develop program sustainability where the need is ongoing. There is $40,000 available in 2016-2017. Please see below for application instructions and forms.
2016-2017 Grant Instructions
2016-2017 Grant Guidelines
2016-2017 Grant Application
2016-2017 Focus Area Matrix