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Community Impact Grant

Grants to Ontario, Canada Non-Profits to Strengthen
Communities & Promote the Well-Being of Children

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United Way South Georgian Bay

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Deadline Date:

12/05/14 12:00 PM


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Grants to Ontario, Canada non-profit organizations serving Simcoe County, the Town of the Blue Mountains, and the District of Muskoka to address poverty, strengthen communities, and promote healthy childhood development. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop on October 23, November 12, or November 14. First-time applicants must contact program staff prior to application.

Grant Areas:

1) From poverty to possibility - Disparity in income often carries a high price for the entire community. Breaking the cycle of poverty means targeting the source of financial difficulties and fixing these problems at the root. United Way is looking for initiatives that meet people’s basic needs for food, shelter and safety; those that ensure individuals have stable and sufficient employment; and those that make education, training and learning opportunities affordable and accessible for all.

2) Strong communities - A focus within this priority are initiatives that create safe, welcoming, accessible and inclusive neighborhood hubs, where people are encouraged to accept each other’s differences and work together. United Way will work to build strong families by supporting violence-prevention efforts and ensuring all families – particularly those with complex needs – are supported within their community.

United Way is looking for initiatives that reduce barriers and isolation for those with addictions and mental health issues through counseling, referrals, rehabilitation and other services. As well, services that support seniors and individuals with disabilities are ideal. United Way also funds programs supporting the community with shared resources and information. Organizations that centralize services to recruit and educate volunteers are also candidates for funding.

3) All that kids can be - Children deserve to live, learn and grow in a stable, caring environment. United Way's goal is to see that children have their basic needs for food, education and shelter met. United Way is looking for organizations that support the healthy growth and development of young people. This means actively targeting the source of their challenges and working to address systemic issues.

Multi-year Funding is intended for ongoing programs that are part of the organization’s overarching structure and mission. As part of program funding, applicants can choose to apply for operational funding to cover the costs of running the business.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148757

Term of Contract:

Funding is for the April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016 fiscal period. Multi-year funding is available.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For the 2015-2016 applications process, United Way welcomes applications from:
-Existing Partner Agencies
-Collaborative partnerships
-Aboriginal, FNMI and cultural organizations
-Organizations specific to Muskoka, South Simcoe and/or the Orillia area
-Minimum criteria for a lead applicant includes: well-established registered Canadian charities with good governance and financial structures, including audited financial statements.

Recipients must:
-Be registered charities under the Income Tax Act, or agencies that have an established third-party sponsorship or partnership agreement with a registered charity
-Align with United Way’s three priority areas
-Demonstrate creative responses to the continuing economic and social changes affecting social services
-Engage and mobilize community
-Meet a clearly defined need
-Address underlying causes of social issues
-Collaborate with, and have the support of, other community groups
-Measure and demonstrate the outcomes of the funded program
-Exhibit excellence in performance and leadership
-Have well-established governance structures
-Use resources wisely
-Present clear financial reports, needs-based budgets and audited financial statements
-Serve and represent the diverse population in our communities
-Have ongoing programs or resources
-Submit an annual partner agency review and financial report at the end of each year of funding by May 15

Catchment Area: The geographical catchment area for United Way Greater Simcoe County is all of Simcoe County and the Town of the Blue Mountains. As well, our funding area incorporates the District of Muskoka. To see which United Way area your agency belongs to, visit United Way Canada’s website at and follow the Local United Way tab for your area.

Not Funded:
-Capital campaigns
-Ministry of Health-funded issues
-Educational institutions
-Direct religious activities of religious groups or organizations
-Governmental (or affiliate) agencies, universities, schools, hospitals

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be training and information sessions for all interested applicants in October and November. The information provided at the training sessions is invaluable and all potential applicants (regardless of whether or not their agency has been previously funded) are strongly encouraged to attend.

This workshop will cover a range of topics including Community Impact, United Way Greater Simcoe County (UWGSC) criteria for funding, and Performance Measurement. Training sessions will be held (subject to adequate registration numbers):

Alliston: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 10:00 AM at Community Service Centre

Bracebridge: November 14, 2014, 1:30 PM at the Family Youth & Child Services of Muskoka

Orillia: Wednesday November 12, 2014, 9:30 AM at the City of Orillia

The deadline to RSVP is October 20. Please contact program staff regarding availability.

Pre-Application Information:

All agencies wanting to apply for funding for a program that is not currently funded by UWGSC are required to first contact the Community Impact Specialist to discuss their ideas for funding.

Applications are due December 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM (noon) in both electronic and hard copy format. Late applications will not be accepted. Please ensure your application is completed and submitted by the deadline.

Multi-year funding is available for ongoing programs that are part of the organization’s over-arching structure and mission. Applicants can choose to apply for operational funding to cover the costs of doing business.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Carla Dermott, Community Impact Specialist
Phone: 705-726-2301, ext. 2040
Fax: 705-726-4897

United Way Greater Simcoe County
1110 Highway 26
Midhurst ON L0L 1X0

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