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Grants to Ontario Registered Charities and Qualified Donees for Programs and Services to Benefit Local Residents

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Funding Source
The United Way Chatham-Kent
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Ontario: Chatham-Kent;

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/07/22 4:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to Ontario registered charities and qualified donees for programs and initiatives to benefit local residents in eligible locations. Funding is intended for services and activities that address the needs of the community. Eligible proposals benefit Chatham-Kent.

United Way of Chatham-Kent (UWOCK) funds programs and projects that create real, lasting change to improve quality of life for the most vulnerable and build strong, healthy communities across Chatham-Kent. UWOCK strives to identify and understand the root causes of social issues. UWOCK builds on deep local knowledge to support community improvement and increase capacity in the non-profit sector.

One way that UWOCK achieves impact is through providing grants that support programs and projects to organizations doing work in Chatham-Kent. The goal is to invest resources in Focus Areas that will make a measurable difference in the community and reflect its current needs. UWOCK’s Focus Areas for this granting cycle are:

  • Inclusion and representation – “coming together”
  • Build strong communities across all of Chatham-Kent
  • Address fundamental social issues including basic needs (food, housing, transportation); mental health and substance use supports; youth and senior programs
  • Reconciliation lens and learning
  • Action focus with ability to effect system or culture change

The program or project in the funding Application must:

  • Provide services and/or activities in Chatham-Kent
  • Address one or more of UWOCK’s identified Focus Areas
  • Respond to an identified need in the community for the project, program, or service(s)
  • Show that it takes a strong partnership/collaborative approach (if appropriate and needed)

For eligible costs/expenses, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
UWOCK is only able to provide funding to organizations or agencies. Grants are open to all registered charities and qualified donees that meet the stated criteria listed by the Canada Revenue Agency. Organizations also must provide service in Chatham-Kent.

To be eligible to apply for a UWOCK grant, the Applicant organization:
• Is a registered charity or qualified donee as defined by Canada Revenue Agency OR has a Sponsoring Organization
• Has an active volunteer Board of Directors that meets regularly
• Has financial statements that have been audited by a licensed public accountant or, for those with annual revenues less than $100,000, has an annual financial review
• Operates and/or delivers programs in Chatham-Kent
• Complies with all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws and does not infringe upon any right under the Ontario Human Rights Code

If a community-based group that is not an incorporated not-for-profit organization wishes to apply for UWOCK funding, it must find an incorporated not-for-profit organization that is willing and specifically agrees to act as the host for the program or project. The organization would then be the Applicant, in partnership with the unincorporated group.

If an incorporated not-for-profit organization that does not have charitable status wishes to apply for UWOCK funding, it may only apply for funding from UWOCK in partnership with a Sponsoring Organization.

Costs and expenses for things such as fundraising events, international travel, or expenses that are already covered by other funding are not eligible costs.

For ineligible applicants, programs, and expenses, see

Pre-Application Information
• Step 1 Letter of Intent applications open Mid-September, 2022
• Step 1 Letter of Intent application deadline October 7, 2022
• Step 1 notifications sent to applicants Early November, 2022
• Step 2 full Proposals submissions open Early November, 2022
• Step 2 Proposal application deadline Mid-November, 2022
• Step 2 notifications sent to applicants End of December, 2022

The funding application process involves two steps: first submitting a Letter of Intent, and later submitting a full Proposal for applicants who are asked to move to the second step.

• Step 1: Letter of Intent. Deadline to Submit Letters of Intent: October 7, 2022 at 4:00 PM Letters of Intent will be reviewed by the CI Committee in October 2022. Applicants who have submitted a Letter of Intent will receive a status update on their application in early November 2022.
• Step 2: Full Proposal. Applicants who are asked to submit a Full Proposal will be provided with the forms and instructions for how to complete their Proposal in early November 2022. Applicants who have submitted a Proposal will receive a status update on their application in late December 2022.

Applicants may apply to both funding streams, or for more than one project/program.

Estimated Size of Grant
• For the 2022/2023 funding stream, UWOCK prefers that funding requests be for not more than $25,000.
• For the 2023/2024 funding stream, UWOCK prefers that funding requests be for not more than $50,000.

Term of Contract
During this year’s Granting Cycle, the following two funding streams will be available:
- Project funding for 2022/2023: Agencies may apply for funding for time-specific projects that will be complete before March 31, 2023.
- Funding for 2023/2024: Agencies may apply for funding for core operating costs, programs or projects that occur in the period from April 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024. Any funding provided under this funding stream will be for a maximum period of 12 months. Multi-year funding or commitments beyond March 31, 2024 will not be available during this granting cycle.

Contact Information
Email letter of intent to

Contact the above email address or call 519.354.0430 ext. 295 for technical assistance or other support.

United Way Chatham Kent
425 McNaughton Avenue West
Chatham, ON N7L 4K4

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