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Grants to Ontario Charities for Programs that Benefit Residents in Eligible Communities

Call for Proposals 2024 – Community Fund - Ottawa


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Funding Source
United Way East Ontario
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Geographic Focus
Canada: Ontario: Ottawa;

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/21/24 1:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to Ontario registered charities in eligible regions for human services programming that benefits local residents. Funding is intended to support community service agencies for activities that align with the Foundation's priority areas and serve the residents of Ottawa.

Focus Areas:

  • All That Kids Can Be
    • Healthy and Resilient Children Ready to Learn
    • Engaged and Active Children and Youth
    • Decrease youth homelessness in Ottawa
  • From Poverty to Possibility
    • Improve Employment and Labor Market Outcomes for Newcomers
    • Improve Employment and Labor Market Outcomes for People with Disabilities
  • Healthy People, Strong Communities
    • People experiencing mental health and/or addition challenges have access to coordinated community-based supports
    • Ensure people in crisis have access to coordinated and immediate supports
    • Improve the well-being of seniors by reducing the factors that lead to isolation and vulnerability while respecting their independence
    • To build healthy and vibrant communities by increasing equity, social cohesion, and inclusion
    • Strengthening organizations so that they have a greater capacity to meet community needs and change more lives.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
General Eligibility Criteria:
- Applicant must be a registered charity (with its own RR number)
- Applicant must maintain a volunteer board that meets regularly
- Applicant must host an Annual General Meeting
- Applicant must have financial statements that have been audited by a licensed public accountant.*
*Charities with revenues less than $250,000 may submit reviewed financial statements only if they have been funded by United Way East Ontario in any funding stream within the past 5 years (2018/19 – 2023) and are in good standing with the organization.

If any of the eligibility criteria are not met, applicants must establish a formal partner sponsorship agreement with a registered charity (with its own RR Number) that meets all of the above criteria.

Other Eligibility Criteria:
- The activities proposed by the applicant must benefit residents in one of United Way East Ontario’s catchment areas (Ottawa, Lanark County, Renfrew County, and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell).
- The request submitted by the applicant must clearly support stated strategic priority(s). - The applicant (or partnering sponsor organization, in the case of sponsored applicants) must be financially solvent.
- The applicant must carry sufficient liability insurance (at least $2 million) to cover the program/project seeking United Way funding.

Pre-Application Information
- Agency Information Sessions: November 21-22, 2023
- CFP Launch and Deadline: January 16, 2024 – February 21, 2024, 1:00 PM ET
- Checklist and Sponsorship Deadline: February 21, 2024
- Assessment Review: February 26, 2024 – April 26, 2024
- Corporate Oversight Committee – Presentation of Recommendations for approval: TBD
- Notification to Agencies: By May 1, 2024
- July 1, 2024 Funding Agreement begins for successful applicants

Only one application is needed for multi-regional programs.

Additional information:

Term of Contract
One to three years.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For more information, contact

Melissa Somers, Director, Donor Relations

United Way East Ottawa
363 Coventry Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1K 2C5
Telephone: 613.228.6700
Fax: 613.228.6730

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