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.
The goal of the Special Projects/Emergency Fund is to provide funding for innovative projects on a short-term basis, separate from United Way’s annual grants program or to assist in emergency situations.
Proposed projects will focus on addressing community needs while not duplicating existing support services/programs. . The fund focuses on areas that directly impact people experiencing poverty, offer a hand-up, improve housing, food access, youth and family success as well as build organizational and community capacity.
Proposals may be for both “one-time” projects, or for longer-term programs which require some seed money and/or a trial operating period. There is no guarantee of future funding beyond the initial Special Projects/Emergency Fund grant however.
Grants will range to a maximum of $10,000 and will be available every 90 days during the year according to the following deadlines:
- February 1st
- May 1st
- August 1st
- November 1st
To be eligible for funding, an organization must:
- Provide a financial and outcomes report upon completion of the project
- Deliver the proposed project to the citizens of Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and/or Welland
- Agree to use the funds only for the approved project
- Complete the project within one year from the time of funding.