United Way Lanark County now accepting community funding requests

Posted on: January 23, 2018

Hometown News Staff

If you’re a non-profit or charity serving Smiths Falls or Lanark County, be aware of the United Way Lanark County’s (UWLC) new funding process. The new online process is now open and applications are being accepted until March. 1, 2018.

The organization has opened up a new a Call for Proposals (CFPs) application process, where all area non-profits and charities can apply for funding.

“This is part of our on-going effort to ensure we are meeting the needs of our communities,” said Helen McIntosh, Advisory Council chair of UWLC, “And that the generous donations from our supporters are invested in projects that will assist those most in need.”

In 2014, UWLC introduced their community impact grant (CIG) policy. This collective impact
approach encourages organizations to work together on vital projects that address a demonstrated local need and align with one or more of UWLC’s three focus areas:

  • All That Kids Can Be,
  • From Poverty to Possibility, and
  • Healthy People, Strong Communities.

“We are very happy that through this new process, UWLC can open up the applications to all non-profits and charities within our communities,” said McIntosh. “We hope that all those who are interested in working with United Way to help those in need will review the criteria and consider applying.”

McIntosh notes that applications must meet the focus areas’ priority goals. Successful applicants are chosen based on evidence that reinforces the need and urgency to find solutions for these issues in our communities.

“This year, we are opening up applications for five of our six priority goals,” said UWLC’s Regional Director Fraser Scantlebury. “They include our work with children during critical hours after school, and youth homelessness under All That Kids Can Be. It also includes our Beginnings & Transitions under From Poverty to Possibility, and Successful Aging and Strong Neighbourhoods under Health People, Strong Communities.”

The sixth priority goal, Transportation, which falls under the From Poverty to Possibility focus area, will undergo a full review in 2018 and will be open for applications in 2019, in order to take into consideration current activities within the sector.

Community organizations interested in applying should visit UWLC’s website and download the complete 2018 Call for Proposals Guidebook.

Local volunteers from Lanark Country and Smiths Falls will complete the assessment process, and the UWLC Advisory Council will make the final funding decisions. Notification to applicants will occur in May of 2018.