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United Way is committed to building resilient and thriving communities where no one is left behind through Front-Line Agency Funding and Social Sector Development Grants.
For more than 80 years, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region has focused on creating a community where everyone can thrive. As times change and new challenges emerge, so does our approach.
That’s why we’ve launched a new Community Impact Strategy, with a focus on three key areas in our community: mental health, education, and financial security.
Our investments through Front-Line Agency Funding and Social Sector Development Grants will help create a strong and vibrant community that can respond to new and urgent needs and take on systemic challenges. We’re always adapting, evolving, and listening so we can continue to create long-term impact in partnership with local front-line agencies and social sector experts.
Strong mental health is a vital aspect of a person’s overall wellbeing. It influences how they cope, learn, work, and contribute to our community. There is a significant unmet need for mental health services in our region, and it’s challenging to navigate the system. United Way collaborates with partner agencies to support mental health in our community, championing accessible resources, raising awareness, improving navigation, and promoting early intervention. By developing a robust network of resources and improving accessibility, we make it easier for people to find the support they need.
Graduating high school sets a strong foundation for a successful and stable future. But too many families experience barriers that make it harder to stay in school. United Way and our partners break down these barriers, empowering people to embrace the power of education. We support services and resources that improve school readiness and academic achievement, increase school and community engagement, and develop resilience to handle life’s challenges. By championing equitable educational opportunities from early years to high school, we can help everyone thrive academically and socially.
In order for a community to be resilient, people must have access to a diverse range of employment and income opportunities that enable financial security. Key steps along the path to financial security include training, employment opportunities, and financial empowerment tools. United Way and our partners support comprehensive programs and initiatives that provide financial education, resources, and opportunities for economic empowerment, ensuring that everyone has the knowledge, tools, and confidence to secure a brighter future. Together, we can create a future where everyone can achieve their dreams through financial security.
United Way of the Alberta Capital Region is currently accepting applications for multi-year grants for two funding streams: Front-Line Agency Funding and Social Sector Development Grants. All funding applications must align with our Community Impact Strategy and the above focus areas of strengthening mental wellbeing, eliminating barriers to educational success, and empowering financial security. Please read the information below to identify whether your organization will be eligible for funding, which stream(s) you may apply into, and application deadlines.
Deadline to apply: Thursday, March 7 at 4:30 p.m. MST
This funding supports social service organizations providing direct, front-line services to vulnerable populations that align with one or more of United Way’s priority areas:
United Way of the Alberta Capital Region strives to be a trust-based funder whose focus is on cultivating strong relationships with community partners and supporting them to do their best work.
Eligible organizations may apply for three years of funding that can be used for any expenses that will actively move their mission forward, except for debt reduction and capital expenditures. Applicants are eligible to apply for 10% of their most recent Annual Operating Costs, up to $150,000 per year.
Successful applicants must be:
NOTE ON ELIGIBLE EXPENSES:
The online application portal will be available until Thursday, March 7 at 4:30 p.m. MST.
Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:
APPLY NOW: FRONT-LINE AGENCY FUNDING
Deadline to apply: Thursday, March 21 at 4:30 p.m. MST
United Way recognizes the importance of a robust and responsive social services sector to addressing the diverse and evolving needs of our communities.
In order to build thriving and resilient communities by strengthening mental wellbeing, eliminating barriers to educational success, and empowering financial security, we are committed to enhancing the strength and capacity of the social services sector in the Alberta Capital Region.
The Social Sector Development Grants will support projects that promote sector capacity building through one or more of the following objectives:
We are calling for proposals for projects with a duration of 21 months, starting from October 1, 2024, through June 30, 2026. We anticipate awarding grants ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 in total.
The online application portal will be available until Thursday, March 21 at 4:30 p.m. MST
Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Overall need, alignment, and impact: The project aligns with fund objectives, addresses a clear need, and will have a significant impact on the sector and community.
Collaborations and partnerships: The project exercises meaningful community engagement and partnerships to enhance impact.
Viability and financial feasibility: The proposal demonstrates thorough planning and a high likelihood of successful implementation, including a complete and balanced budget.
Evaluation plan: The project demonstrates accountability to the community it serves.
APPLY NOW: SOCIAL SECTOR DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
If you have questions, technical issues, or require accessibility accommodations, please reach out to us via our main line at 780-990-1000 or email us at [email protected].
Woven into everything we do is our focus on advancing equity. When we work to ensure that no one in our community is left behind, we must recognize that discrimination due to race, religion, gender identity, sexuality, and disabilities create inequity and systemic barriers.
United Way is focused on supporting agencies that are led by or primarily support equity-deserving groups, such as:
United Way of the Alberta Capital Region is using an online portal for both funding streams.
You may save your responses and return to them later by clicking “Resume Later” on the top right-hand corner of any page of the form. This will prompt you to create your own login which you can use to access and complete the application at a later date.
Applications are not complete until the applicant has clicked “Submit” on the final page.
If you have questions, technical issues, or require accessibility accommodations, please reach out to us at [email protected].
United Way’s review processes ensure decisions are guided by equity, fairness, and transparency. Applications demonstrating a strong focus on equity-deserving community programs and representation in their staff and board will receive particular attention.
Our carefully curated community review committee includes representatives from across the social services sector as well as volunteers with lived experience in our community who bring their unique perspective, expertise, and experiences to the review process.
All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by June 30, 2024. Payments for successful applicants will begin October 1, 2024.
Successful applicants will be asked to track and report on how funds were spent and their impact on the community. Further details on reporting guidelines will be shared with successful applicants.