Thanks to the generosity of Lanark County and Smiths Falls donors, the Board of United Way Lanark County (UWLC) have committed to investing $258,898 over the next three years into programs and projects that will have an impact in our community, starting with $108,195 in 2016.
Our community partners include Adult Learning & Training Centre, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County, Carleton Place & District CORE Youth Services, Community & Primary Health Care in partnership with Mills Community Support Corporation, Lanark County Community Justice, Lanark Highlands Youth Centre, Smiths Falls & District Centre for Youth, and YAK Youth Services.
The United Way is constantly looking for ways to improve its support to local communities through its partnerships with organizations that provide services to the citizens of Lanark County and Smiths Falls.
In 2014, after consultations with community donors, partners, and other United Ways in Canada, UWLC introduced their Community Impact Policy. This collective impact approach asks organizations to work together on vital projects for our communities, to ensure that these efforts achieve a measurable result. With a view to maximizing the impact of funding within our community and enhancing communications and collaboration among all parties, UWLC allocates funding on a project basis through Community Impact Grants.
Through this new policy, organizations now have access to multi-year funding. “We want our partners to be successful,” explains Fraser Scantlebury, executive director of UWLC. “We want to see progress which will be supported by this new approach, including access to funding that extends beyond one year, for appropriate projects.”
Applicants must choose a project that addresses a demonstrated local need and aligns with one or more of UWLC’s three focus areas: all that kids can be; from poverty to possibility; and healthy people, strong communities. The project must also involve collaboration between at least two registered not-for-profit or charitable organizations operating within Lanark County and/or Smiths Falls. Finally, applicants must write a detailed business case for their project.
“We are excited about this year’s investments,” says Helen McIntosh, Board Chair of UWLC. “Our partners have done their research and know what is needed the most.” This year’s projects include: Pass it On! pre-school and family literacy, expanded after-school programming, a “Walk A Mile” wellness simulation for Municipal Councils, homelessness assistance and support, life skills for rural youth, teaching restorative justice practices to children, summer programming, and transitional skills for youth.