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 2017, over 58,000 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. 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.
2. Community Investment Fund
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.
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.
2018 Online Submissions
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Submissions are now closed for the 2018 Community Investment Fund Granting Cycle.
- 2018 Community Investment Fund Guidelines: 2018 Granting Guidelines
- Impact Areas: Applications must align with one Impact Area: Community Outcomes Guide
For more information regarding the Community Investment Fund, please call the United Way at 613-542-2674 ext. 1503 firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS)
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, will disburse project funding in 2017/2018 to organizations that meet an identified need and goal within one of the following 3 priorities:
Priority 1: Improving the self-sufficiency of homeless individuals and families and those at imminent risk of homelessness through individualized services.
Priority 2: Preserving or increasing the capacity of facilities used to address the needs of people who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness.
Priority 3: To ensure the coordination of resources and leveraging.
4. Refugee Relief
We are currently not accepting applications at this time.