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Niagara Neighbourhood New Idea Fund

The Niagara Neighbourhood New Idea Fund has been established by Niagara Community Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and United Way to fund projects that address common areas of interest in neighbourhoods. 

For more information and for application instructions, visit: http://www.unitedwayniagara.org/new_idea_fund.php.

 

Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund provides one-time grants for new projects, projects new to a municipality, and start-up funds for larger programs. Requests for proposals will be posted here when available.

Applications must demonstrate how the proposed project directly contributes to one of the following outcomes:

Encouraging children and youth to reach their full potential by:

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

Meeting basic human needs and moving adults out of poverty by:

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

Creating safe and inclusive communities with vulnerable adults by:

  • Increasing connection to supports,
  • Increasing neighbourhood and community engagement, or
  • Increasing personal wellbeing and safety.

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.
  • Projects must be delivered from and serve the residents of Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold, and/or West Niagara.
  • Projects must NOT be in receipt of funding from United Way of St. Catharines & District either now or in the past, excluding those funded through the Niagara Neighbourhood New Idea Fund.
  • Projects must be new to the applicant or new to the municipality in which it will be delivered.
  • Projects demonstrating innovation and measurable impact are preferred.

 

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:

  • All That Kids Can Be: January 2018
  • From Poverty to Possibility: January 2017
  • Strong Communities: January 2019

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 Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold, and/or West Niagara.

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.