United Way Lanark County announces launch of the annual call for proposals

United Way Lanark County (UWLC) announces that the Call for Proposals application process for the 2019/2020 funding cycle opened on December 4, 2019.  The CFP is available for any non-profit and charity serving Lanark County and Smiths Falls who is seeking funding from the UWLC.

“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.”

2018 marked the first time that UWLC used an online portal for funding applications. Building on the Community Impact Grant policy of 2014, we encourage 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 were pleased with the introduction of the online application process for the 2018/19 funding cycle which allowed UWLC to open up funding opportunities 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 our 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 again 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;  Beginnings & Transitions under From Poverty to Possibility; and Successful Aging and Strong Neighbourhoods under Healthy People, Strong Communities.  New this year is the opportunity for applicants to include aspects of mental health in their approach to solving community issues.”

The UWLC sixth priority goal, Transportation, is under review in order to take into consideration current activities and changes within the sector.

Community organizations interested in applying should visit UWLC’s website, look for the 2019 CFP Information link, and download the complete 2019 Call for Proposals Guidebook.  The online application portal is now open, with an application submission closing date of January 22, 2019.  The funding cycle will run from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020.

Local volunteers from Lanark County 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 early May of 2019.  To see a full list of the Priority Goals and related information, please visit UWLC’s website, www.unitedwaylanarkcounty.ca.