STRONG COMMUNITIES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
*NEW APPLICATION PROCESS. READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS THOROUGHLY.*
United Way is currently accepting applications in the Strong Communities (formerly Empowering People & Communities) priority area for programs that create safe and inclusive communities with adults experiencing isolation, adults in crisis, and adults with disabilities.
- Letters of Intent are due March 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm.
- All applicants must submit a Letter of Intent for each proposed program before submitting an application.
- Applications for Funding are due March 29, 2016 at 4:30 pm.
- Applications without approved Letters of Intent will be ineligible for funding.
- Successful applicants will receive funding for three years beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020.
- Applications are welcome from registered charities and those collaborating with registered charities for the purpose of the proposed program(s).
- While applications are welcome for programs currently funded by United Way, we also encourage applications for new and innovative programs.
- Proposed programs must be delivered from and serve the residents of Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold, and/or West Lincoln.
- Proposed programs must directly contribute to one of the following aligned outcomes and related program outcomes:
- Increase connections to supports:
- Adults have access to services and supports.
- Adults have supportive relationships and connections.
- Increase neighbourhood and community engagement:
- Adults have a sense of belonging and inclusion.
- Adults are encouraged to participate in their community.
- Increase personal wellbeing and safety:
- Adults develop life skills.
- Adults increase resiliency to cope with life’s challenges.
- To determine if the proposed program is eligible for funding in the Strong Communities priority area, refer to the Priority Area Frameworks.
For applicant eligibility and details about the application process, refer to the Application Instructions.
For tips to navigate the online grants system, refer to the Online Grants System FAQs.
To submit a Letter of Intent and an Application for Funding, access the online grants system at: https://unitedwayscgrants.communityforce.com.
For more information:
- Drop-in to United Way at 63 Church Street, Suite LC1 (lower level), St. Catharines with your questions:
- February 17, 2016 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and
- March 22, 2016 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
- Bethlehem Housing and Support Services
Bethlehem Place Counselling Support, Community Support
- Canadian Mental Health Association - Niagara Branch
Mental Health Resource Centre, Volunteer Training and Development
- Canadian Red Cross - Niagara Branch
Disaster Management Volunteers, Volunteer Transportation Services
Independent Living Skills, Low Vision Services, Orientation & Mobility, Volunteer Services
- Community Living-Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln
Physical & Mental Empowerment and Abuse Prevention Training, Recreation and Life Skills Development, Transitional Aged Youth: Preparing for the Future
- Community Living St. Catharines
CPS: Therapeutic Support Services
- Distress Centre Niagara
24 Hour Crisis Line
- Epilepsy Niagara
- Family Counselling Centre Niagara
Information and Referral (211),
- Mainstream: An Unsheltered Workshop
Graffiti Removal, Resource Centre
- MS Society of Canada - Niagara Peninsula Chapter of Hope
- Niagara Centre for Independent Living
Advocacy / Individual Disability Support
- Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre (CARSA Inc.)
Hospital Response (24 Hours)
- Niagara Training and Employment Agency Inc. (NTEC)
- St. John Ambulance - Niagara Region Branch
Medical First Responders
- Victim Services Niagara
Mobile Emergency Response System, Victim Crisis Support Service
- West Niagara Palliative Care Services (Rose Cottage)
- West Niagara Second Stage Housing & Counselling Inc.
Housing & Counselling
- YWCA Niagara Region
Adult Life Skills, Street Support
Community Living-Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln: Transitional Aged Youth: Preparing for the Future
No matter what your age or life situation, independence is important! The Transitional Aged Youth: Preparing for the Future program focuses on maximizing independence and enabling those with developmental disabilities to participate fully in their community.
Pictured below is Shane (right) with his friends Marcus, Jackie and Katie (left to right). Shane told us he enjoys the program because “every week there are different activities and I get to spend time with my friends.” Shane’s parents shared that he looks forward to the program every week and checks his calendar daily. Without the program, he would not have made many of the friends and relationships he has today.
Participants learn valuable skills such as first aid, goal setting and money management. These valuable skills contribute to the positive development of each of these individuals.