Applications for the 2021-22 Community Fund granting cycle are now open.

The United Way Community Fund is an annual funding program offered to charitable organisations in the communities we serve. Any registered charity that demonstrates need and impact in one or more of the United Way’s mission and priority areas are encouraged to apply for the Community Fund.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a Community Fund grant, your organization must:

  • Be a Registered Charity, in good standing with Canada Revenue Agency;
  • Have submitted all required reporting on previous UWSIBC grants; and
  • Exhibit strong governance, administrative practices and financial management.

United Way invites applications from registered charities whose work aligns with United Way’s mission and priority areas. For more information, please carefully read through the Applicants’ Guide.

Apply for Funding

If your organization is interested in applying for a Community Fund grant, please carefully read through the Applicants’ Guide in its entirety before completing the Application Form. The Applicants’ Guide takes you through all the steps and important information required for consideration to the Community Fund.

Applicant Guide
Application Form

On March 31, 2021, organizations were invited to participate in an online Community Fund orientation session.
To review a recording of the session, please access it here.

Applications will be accepted until May 31st, 2021 at 4:30pm.

Screenshot of a Zoom meeting of the Central Okanagan Community Impact Committee
Screenshot of a Zoom meeting of the South Okanagan Community Impact Committee
Screenshot of a Zoom meeting of the North Okanagan Community Impact Committee

Community Impact Teams

The United Way’s process of allocating funds to local non-profits is done in collaboration with community volunteers across different sectors. Volunteer Community Impact Teams review submissions using pre-defined criteria such as applicant agency’s financial stability, program results, and community partnerships. The Community Impact Teams then form recommendations to our volunteer Board of Directors with the goal of ensuring that United Way invests donor dollars to best meet the needs of our community.

We are in the process of recruiting volunteer Community Impact Team members.

If you would like to get involved as a Community Impact Team member,
contact Sherry at sherry@unitedwaysibc.com.

How We Fund 1. Call for applications: United Way invites applications from registered charities whose work aligns with United Way's mission and 4 priority areas (Poverty, Children & Youth, Mental Health & Addictions, Capacity Building). 2. Review process: Volunteer Community Impact Teams review submissions using pre-defined criteria such as applicant agency's financial stability, program results, and community partnerships. If clarification on an application is needed, Community Impact Teams meet virtually with the agency to learn more about the initiative. 3. Recommendations: Staff members and Impact Team leaders present their findings to the Community Investment Committee for consideration. The Committee makes funding recommendations to the Board of Directors. 4. Approval: The Board makes the final decision on which agencies receive funding. 5. Accountability: Funded agencies sign formal funding agreements, and provide United Way with follow-up reports to account for the dollars spent and the result achieved. 6. Impact: United Way Southern Interior BC's Community Fund program invests in initiatives that: Help move people from poverty to possibility; Help children and youth reach their full potential; Reduce social isolation and encourage mental health; Strengthen the ability of community organizations and the social sector to do their work better, to improve their sustainability, and to thrive.

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