Niagara, ON – Good news for many not-for-profits across Niagara as United Way is expanding Special Project Funding beginning August 1, 2021. Through a longtime partnership with the Branscombe Family Foundation, United Way was able to offer one-time grants of up to $10,000 to not-for-profits in the municipalities of Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Welland four times per year. This year, in addition to that funding, United Way is offering all other municipalities the opportunity to apply for these one-time grants.
“We are excited to be able to build on the success of the Special Projects Fund by expanding this opportunity to other Niagara municipalities. We have seen impactful and innovative projects come from successful applicants and look forward to seeing this program and impact grow throughout the region”
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. The fund focuses on projects that directly impact vulnerable populations and improve equitable access to supports that improve lives. United Way Niagara is pleased to invest in the Special Projects Fund to leverage resources in other municipalities as one-time grants are needed throughout the Niagara region.
“We are excited to be able to build on the success of the Special Projects Fund by expanding this opportunity to other Niagara municipalities. We have seen impactful and innovative projects come from successful applicants and look forward to seeing this program and impact grow throughout the region” said Frances Hallworth, Executive Director of United Way Niagara. “Over 35,000 people have been helped through programs that received Special Projects Funding last year. The number of people who have been impacted over the last eight years through the Branscombe Family Foundation partnership is unbelievable. The fund has helped a diverse set of projects, pandemic response supports over the past year and many innovative projects that are finding new ways to address systemic issues. It’s very exciting.”
The first round of funding will be available August 1, 2021 and every 90 days on the following schedule: August 1, 2021 November 1, 2021 February 1, 20211 and May 1, 2022.
To learn more about the fund, eligibility and apply for funding, visit https://www.unitedwayniagara.org/apply-for-funding/
About United Way: United Way works to tackle some of the biggest social issues in Niagara; investing in solutions to poverty, food security, mental illness, homelessness, domestic violence and social isolation. United Way invested in over 200 programs across the region last year, serving over 130,000 people when they needed it the most.