How to apply for funding

United Way has a number of funding streams available to support the Niagara community.
These funding streams include:

In light of the many challenges our community is facing, United Way Niagara will be undergoing a community investment review process over the course of the next year. During this time, no new requests will take place within our Annual Stream of funding. All current Annual Stream funding commitments will be maintained. The goal of the process review is to ensure that United Way Niagara’s financial investments have the greatest possible impact in helping to build better communities, improve the lives of those who are vulnerable and marginalized, and support sustainable solutions to address the underlying causes of community issues.

Special Project/Emergency Funding applications will continue to be accepted for projects needing emergency support or to address emerging needs.

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The review process will involve engagement and consultations with community partners, Niagara residents, volunteers, and donors. Throughout this process, we hope to learn more about emerging and unmet needs in our community and how we can most effectively work together to address those needs.

If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Miller at [email protected].

The Seniors’ Health & Well-Being Fund will provide grants up to a total of $500 per person per calendar year. This fund is for low-income seniors above the age of 55 who are faced with health, medical and/or well-being challenges in the Niagara region.

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All requests must include two references attesting to:
1. Financial need (must be from a social worker or other social service expert)
2. Quote of service (must be from a qualified healthcare provider)

The applicant must also prove that they have sought funding through social service channels first and that the Seniors’ Health & Well-Being Fund (a.k.a. Clara Crawford Fund) is a last resort. If the application is approved, funds will be paid directly to the healthcare provider.

The Seniors’ Health & Well-Being Fund is available through the generous legacy of Clara Crawford and the David S. Howes Fund at the Niagara Community Foundation (from 2020-2022).

United Way Niagara gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Niagara Community Foundation. The Foundation builds permanently endowed charitable funds and provides grants to eligible charitable organizations in culture, health, education, environment, recreation and social service sectors.

In partnership with The Branscombe Family Foundation, United Way Niagara is pleased to offer non-profit and charitable organizations access to Special Projects/Emergency funding to address community issues for residents of Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and/or Welland.

NEW* This year, in addition to that funding, United Way is offering all other municipalities the opportunity to apply for these one-time grants.

The goal of the Special Projects Fund is to provide funding for innovative projects on a short-term basis, to assist in emergency situations, support organizational capacity and/or for projects addressing emerging community needs. This funding is separate from United Way’s annual grants program.

The fund focuses on projects that directly impact vulnerable populations and improve equitable access to supports that improve lives, while not duplicating existing support services/programs.

Proposals may be for one-time projects or for longer term programs which require seed money and/or a trial program period. There is no guarantee of future funding beyond the initial Special Projects/Emergency Fund grant.

Grants will range to a maximum of $10,000 and will be available every 90 days during the year according to the following deadlines:

  • August 1st
  • November 1st
  • February 1st

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, an organization must:

  • Deliver the proposed project to the citizens of the Niagara region
  • Agree to use the funds only for the approved project
  • Complete the project within one year from the time of funding
  • Provide a financial and outcomes report upon completion of the project

Registered charities will be eligible to receive a Special Projects/Emergency Fund grant once per calendar year.


Click here to view all Open Calls for Funding and to start an application.

If you are looking to apply to the Niagara Region’s Niagara Prosperity Initiative, please visit their website for all relevant Initiative information and how to submit a proposal.