United Way Southern Vancouver Island 2022 Funding Call – NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS

Eligible, registered charities in good standing are invited to apply for funding by sending an email to ci.fund@uwsvi.ca and including:

• The name of their agency

• The full name and email address of the individual responsible for inputting the grant information

• A program/project title

Access to UWSVI’s online granting portal will be provided via email on Thursday, January 6th, 2022. The application will close at 4:00 pm on Monday, February 7th.

Late submissions will not be accepted.

Grant Opens:               Thursday, January 6, 2022

Grant Closes:                Monday, February 7, 2022

UWSVI will be accepting applications for programs/projects that primarily focus on the immediate needs of targeted populations in the following areas of action:

Isolated Seniors – Many seniors in the CRD experience extreme loneliness, malnutrition, mobility issues and limited income. COVID amplified these challenges: social interactions with friends and family, grocery shopping, in-person doctor’s appointments, and outdoor activities became extremely limited. The result was increased isolation, depression and anxiety, as well as food insecurity.

Even as we recover from COVID, the needs for seniors in the community remains high.

This Area of Action focuses on programs and services that assist seniors in accessing good nutrition, aging independently while maintaining their health and well-being, and fostering strong social connections to combat isolation and lack of access to essential services, with the understanding that COVID-19 has amplified these challenges for older adults in the community. Eligible projects include but are not limited to: 

  • Access to affordable and nutritious food: meal delivery, seniors food hamper initiatives, COVID safe, in-person meals programming.
  • Building social connections and combatting isolation: safe social gathering opportunities, reassurance calls and visits, programming to support seniors in connecting with friends and navigating online services to decrease loneliness.
  • Aging with dignity and independence: Volunteer outreach to support seniors aging in place, Alzheimer’s and dementia care programming, help for family caregivers, after-hospitalization support for seniors.

Families in Need – COVID-19 has intensified inequities and amplified the challenges facing vulnerable and low-income families. Issues such as interruption in schooling due to lockdowns, increased pressure on parents and caregivers due to job loss and income reduction, and rising rates of family violence due to mental health stressors have had an unprecedented impact on families in our community.

This Area of Action focuses on programs and services that help families facing poverty or challenging life situations raise their children so that they can have the tools to better transition through all of life’s stages with the understanding that COVID-19 has contributed to an even greater intensity of need. Eligible projects include but are not limited to:

  • School Readiness and Success: early years programming, after-school care and homework clubs, mentorship programs for children and youth
  • Parenting Programs and Supports: skills development, respite care and supports for families of children with disabilities
  • Family Stability: employment and skills training, financial literacy, food access and housing supports, family crisis and breakdown interventions (including sexual and/or domestic violence situations)

Mental Health & Addictions – COVID-19 has had a profound effect on individuals’ mental health. The uncertainties surrounding the unprecedented situation as well as increased isolation due to social distancing and lockdowns have led to exploding rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and isolation.

This Area of Action focuses on programs and services that assist people and their families who are dealing with mental health and addictions challenges with the understanding that the stresses and challenges of COVID-19 have amplified the urgency of need in our community. Eligible projects include but are not limited to:

  • Outreach Services and Peer Supports: outreach and liaison services between community organizations and vulnerable citizens, friendly check ins, services for families supporting a loved one with mental illness and/or an addictions
  • Counselling: including mental health, trauma, and addictions
  • Navigation and Connection to Services: virtual training, social gathering places and enhancement of tools and platforms to reduce isolation and maintain healthy lifestyles

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

UWSVI believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of a healthy and vibrant community and is working to ensure Canada becomes a truly equitable, safe, and inclusive place to live. Over the past few years, the issues of discrimination, racism, and the horrific impact of residential schools on Indigenous survivors has been brought to the forefront of discourse.  The effects of COVID-19 additionally have widened the inequality gap for many minorities and marginalized communities, further illustrating the need for collective community action in addressing these critical needs and challenges.

This Area of Action focuses on programs and services that assist marginalized and racialized communities including helping newcomers and refugees find belonging, programming and initiatives that support and empower BIPOC individuals, Women, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples; persons with disabilities/diverse abilities (both visible and invisible), and the LGBTQI2-S community, and others marginalized on the basis of their ethnicity and other identity factors. Eligible projects include but are not limited to:

  • Capacity-building and leadership development: helping organizations build inclusion of underrepresented voices reflective of their communities.
  • Culturally affirming programing: building meaningful and reciprocal relationships, supporting the delivery of accessible and inclusive programs and services.
  • Removing barriers and disparities for marginalized individuals, families, and communities: addressing barriers to employment, promotion of justice and social participation among Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities, and religious minorities.

 Funding requests are anticipated to range from $15,000 to $50,000 per ask.

Note: Funding will be for one year beginning April 1, 2022 and ending March 31, 2023.

The UWSVI Community Impact Team will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your application beginning on January 6th. Please contact ci.fund@uwsvi.ca and we will be happy to follow up with you to discuss your proposal or assist in any further queries.

For more information, please Contact our Community Impact team at CI.fund@uwsvi.ca

Danella Parks
Director Community Impact