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Strong Communities


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
  • Contact:

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