United Way grants help tackle social issues

  • Apr. 22, 2019 3:30 p.m.

To better tackle social issues, such as the rise in homelessness and the deepening of poverty, grants are being offered to local charities by United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI).

Thanks to many donations last year, funds are available to be reinvested into communities through charities working to create positive impacts. For 2019-2020, United Way will invest in solutions through three impact areas:

•From Poverty to Possibility

•All That Kids Can Be

•Healthy People

“Our donors are incredible people and because they care and give, United Way can once again invest in effective programs through Community Partner grants,” says Signy Madden, executive director of United Way Central & North Vancouver Island. “Thousands of people turn to United Way-funded programs for help through the year. Every dollar given to United Way counts; even small donations add up and you can see how it’s making a difference in your community.”

Community Partner Grants are being offered for the following amount in these communities, to charities providing local services:

Campbell River: micro grants are available for up to $2,000 per program

Comox Valley: agencies are eligible to apply for grants up to $5,000 per program

Central Island: agencies are eligible to apply for grants up to $10,000 per program

Cowichan: micro grants are available for up to $2,000 per program

Registered charities are invited to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) between April 19 and May 10 at: uwcnvigrants.ca/2019

Community Development Grants will also be offered in each region in response to emerging community needs, and to encourage agencies to work together on pressing issues such as the opioid crisis, affordable housing, homelessness, and support for programs in Indigenous communities and agencies. These grants, in the amount of $5,000 to $20,000 per project, will be selected through local agencies and issue-based coalitions.

FMI: bit.ly/2IzC0Cv

For more information on making a donation, contact dd@uwcnvi.ca or call 250-591-8731.

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