The United Way invests in programs that have a wide range of impact. These programs support thousands of local residents, helping them when they need it the most. In 2018, over 53,000 local residents found support through United Way funded programs.
Investing in the Community
All funding is disbursed to programs and services that fit within United Way’s three Community Impact Areas:
(1) Helping Kids Be All They Can Be
(2) Building Strong and Healthy Communities
(3) Moving People From Poverty to Possibility
To learn more about United Way’s funding strategy, please click here Community-Investment-Strategy
1. Community Investment Fund
These one-time grants are disbursed through a joint City of Kingston and United Way KFLA fund. These grants encourage innovative and collaborative responses to social needs in our community. There is an annual call for applications in the fall. City of Kingston and United Way provide grants of up to $25,000.
2019 Online Submissions
Submission Deadline: Monday, September 9, 2019
Applicants are requested to complete a brief online form indicating their intent to apply, from which United Way staff will generate a login to the funding application. As agencies need to indicate their intent to apply, it is recommended that sufficient time be allowed to receive login details. The deadline for submitting the completed application is Monday, September 9, 2019. Prior to completing the pre-application questionnaire:
- Please read the 2019 Community Investment Fund Guidelines to determine if your program / project is eligible for this funding stream
- Please select the Impact Area that your program / project most closely aligns with
- Have your CRA number (for registered charities) or Business Number (for non-profit organizations) ready
Click here to complete the pre-application questionnaire to register. You will receive an email with your login credentials and further instructions for completing the funding application.
Please note that an accessible version of the Community Investment Fund application is available upon request.
Learn more at upcoming information session:
For more information, all interested agencies are encouraged to attend an information session at the City’s housing and social services department, 362 Montreal St., on Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. This session will include a demonstration on how to navigate the online grant forms.
Please register for the information session at:
For additional information regarding the Community Investment Fund, please call the United Way at 613-542-2674 ext. 1503 firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Partner Agency Funding
Through an annual rigorous review process by volunteers who participate in our Citizens Review Panel, United Way allocates ongoing, stable funding to its partner agencies for specific programs. The review process occurs from January through the end of March.
Partner Agency funding provides stability and allows agencies the flexibility to develop and respond to the emerging needs of the communities they serve. It allows them to make long-term plans, knowing they have a stable source of funding.
Community volunteers and professional staff ensure accountability through a thoughtful review process. Agencies submit applications and volunteers make funding recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors. They ensure that community resources are well invested, avoiding duplication and redundancy. United Way offers supports to agencies through technical support and workshops that provide professional development, leadership development and board governance.
This process ensures accountability and supports strong service networks to help people when they need it most. United Way collaborates with frontline agencies, government funders and people with lived experience, identifying gaps, challenges and opportunities, facilitating coordination of services to avoid duplication.
Thank you to the community volunteers who participated in the review process in 2018/19.
2019 Citizen Review Panel
|Adam Clow||Aimanda Dirksen||Andrew White||Ashley Hunter||Carina Sabourin|
|Chelsea Overstrom||Cynthia Egbunonu||Dean McKeown||Doug Elliot||Erin Nolan|
|Isabel Luce||Wendy Stuckart||Jessica Schonewille||John Vince||Julie McLachlan|
|June Dornan||Karen Smith||Karleigh Corbett||Kathy Naish||Kim Casselman|
|Kim Peachey||Kimberly Staley||Lana Foulds||Lesley Kelly||Lindsay Gailer|
|Lisa Elliot||Lori Acay||Margaret McGowan||Mary Rae||MaryBeth Gauthier|
|Michele Finney||Miranda Clark||Mitchell Purcell||Morgan Shannon||Nicola Reid|
|Paul Rosenbaum||Roxanne MacLeod||Sandi Wilde||Scarlet Eyles||Tom Gingrich|
Recognizing the ever-changing needs of the community, United Way offers grants that provide support, enabling agencies to respond to new emerging needs and issues, often leveraging other sources of funding.
3. Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy
United Way, as the community entity, is responsible for distributing federal funding for homelessness. A volunteer panel makes recommendations based on guidelines and priorities established and recommended through a Community Advisory Board.
The United Way, in collaboration with the Community Advisory Board, disburses project funding to organizations that meet an identified need and goal within one of the following 3 priorities:
Priority – Housing Loss Prevention: by supporting individuals and families at imminent risk of homelessness before a crisis occurs. This includes supporting those who are currently housed but at-risk of losing their housing, as well as, preventing individuals who are being discharged from public systems (for example, health, corrections, and child welfare) from becoming homeless.
Priority – Housing Services: to improve the self-sufficiency of homeless individuals and families, and those at imminent risk of homelessness, through individualized services that lead into more stable, safe, appropriate and affordable housing (i.e.) transitional, supportive, permanent housing, Indigenous housing that reflect cultural values, beliefs and practices.
Priority – Capital Investments to preserve or increase the capacity of facilities: used to address the needs of people who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, including those that support culturally appropriate programming for Indigenous individuals and families.
Guidelines & Application Forms:
Proposals must be received no later than 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020.
Information Session: A Community Information Session will be held
Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm
United Way (Board Room)
417 Bagot Street, Kingston
Please RSVP if you plan on attending this session