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 across Niagara. Registered charities or collaboratives working with registered charities are eligible to receive a Special Projects/Emergency Fund grant once per calendar year and are not guaranteed to receive funding every calendar year.
The goal of the Special Projects/Emergency Fund is to provide funding for an emergency situation, for an innovative new project, for a new pilot or project addressing emerging community needs on a short-term basis, for up to one year. 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 programs which require seed money and/or a trial program period of funding. There is no guarantee of future funding beyond the initial Special Projects/Emergency Fund grant.
Grants will range to a maximum of $15,000 and will be available four times during the 2023 year according to the following deadlines:
- March 1st
- May 1st
- August 1st
- November 1st
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
If you have any questions, please contact Shoneez Smith at [email protected].