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.

All applications and communication must come through a social service agency or health care provider. Applicants can work with any community agency and all communication with United Way should come through that agency. 

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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.

Apply for the 2022 Food Support Grant here

United Way Niagara is pleased to share a new funding opportunity to provide immediate relief to our community partners working in food security that are struggling due to increased demand, coupled with the rise in food prices.

The Food Support Grant is a funding opportunity available to support the purchase of food for any registered charity delivering food security initiatives in Niagara.

Registered charities that are experiencing and/or anticipating a budget shortfall to purchase food for food related programs and services are encouraged to complete the Food Support Grant application.

The deadline to apply is Monday, November 28, 2022, at 12:00pm EST (Eastern Standard Time).

To be eligible for the Food Support Grant Program, organizations must meet all of the eligibility criteria, as follows:

  • Be a registered charity; and
  • Be experiencing and/or anticipating a food program budget shortfall to purchase food to meet the needs of the community; and
  • Have less than six months of operational reserves available (or an explanation); and
  • Be able to provide audited financial statements or a review engagement report; and
  • Agree to recognize United Way Niagara for the grant; and
  • Agree to use the grant funds solely toward the purchase of food; and
  • Agree to report back on the Food Support Grant Form (provided by United Way) describing the use of the grant.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact Jamie Miller at [email protected] or 905-688-5050, Ext. 2104.

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.