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Niagara Prosperity Initiative

Apply to the Niagara Prosperity Initiative

If you would like more information about the Niagara Prosperity Initiative or the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network, please visit our Special Initiatives page, or contact:

Natalie Chaumont
Program Manager, Niagara Prosperity Initiative

905.688.5050 ext 2124 |


Special Projects Fund

In partnership with The Branscombe Family Foundation, United Way is pleased to offer organizations delivering programming within the communities of Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Welland with Special Projects/Emergency funding.

The goal of the Special Projects/Emergency Fund is to provide financing for innovative projects on a short-term basis, separate from United Way’s annual grants program or assist in emergency situations.

Applications will be considered from currently funded United Way agencies; other registered charities providing human care services; and other groups proposing to provide such services, working with a registered charity.

These projects should not duplicate existing services and address community needs. In particular, the United Way is interested in, but not limited to, proposals in the following areas:-

  • Housing/Food
  • Youth
  • Newcomers
  • Rehabilitation & Support
  • Communication & Planning

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.

  • Grant Date April 1 – Deadline Feb. 1
  • Grant Date July 1 – Deadline May 1
  • Grant Date Oct. 1 – Deadline Aug. 1
  • Grant Date Jan. 1 – Deadline Nov. 1

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, an organization must:

  • Provide a financial and outcomes report upon completion of the project
  • Deliver the services/program to the citizens of Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet, Welland
  • Agree to use the funds only for the approved project
  • Complete the project within one year from the time of funding.

Application Form

For information or assistance, please contact Tamara Coleman-Lawrie (


How To Apply For Funding

United Way accepts applications for funding for each priority area once every three years. Requests for proposals will be posted here per the following schedule:

The All That Kids Can Be priority area funds programs that encourage children and youth to reach their full potential by:

  • Increasing connectedness and community involvement,
  • Increasing engagement in learning, and/or
  • Increasing emotional and physical wellbeing.

The From Poverty to Possibility priority area funds programs that meet basic human needs and move people out of poverty by:

  • Increasing employment and financial security,
  • Increasing food security, and/or
  • Increasing housing stability.

The Strong Communities priority area funds programs that create safe and inclusive communities with vulnerable adults by:

  • Increasing connections to supports,
  • Increasing neighbourhood and community engagement, and/or
  • Increasing person wellbeing and safety.

For more information, review the Priority Area Frameworks.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be registered as a charity with Canada Revenue Agency or collaborate with a registered charity for the purpose of the proposed program.
  • Programs must be delivered from and serve the residents of the Niagara Region.

Successful applicants must:

  • Sign and comply with United Way’s Member Agency Agreement.
  • Develop a Financial Reserve policy.
  • Acquire General Liability Insurance for $2,000,000 or more.
  • Prepare Audited Financial Statements annually when cumulative funding from United Way exceeds $20,000 per year or prepare Review Engagement Reports with financial statements if cumulative funding is less than $20,000 per year.

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