Please find any open United Way Niagara calls for funding opportunities below. 

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COVID-19 is top of mind for everyone and is affecting the way we all support those who are vulnerable in our communities.  This pandemic has created an increase in demand for local services, shortages in supplies, and disruption in service.

United Ways and Centraides in Canada are pleased to provide support to local community service organizations that provide rapid, emergency community support to vulnerable community members.  Applications are made available and reviewed locally.  Our aim is to make this application process simple. The application should take 15-30 minutes to complete.

These funds are being distributed as part of Employment and Social Development Canada's (ESDC) Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).  Before you begin, we encourage you to read the Frequently Asked Questions to fully understand what activities and expenses are allowable under this emergency funding for qualified donees.


This application has five (5) sections:

  • Section 1 - Eligibility
  • Section 2 - The qualified donee (your organization)
  • Section 3 - Service information
  • Section 4 - Grant request, budget and financial information
  • Section 5 - Authorization and confirmation


  • Application Open Date:  May 19th, 2020
  • Applications Due: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from May 19th, 2020 to July 19th, 2020. Applications received by 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday prior to a scheduled review week will be reviewed during that week. All others will be reviewed at the next scheduled review date.
  • Application Reviews & Decisions: Applications will be reviewed every three weeks during the weeks of June 8th, June 29th and July 20th, 2020 and decisions made at each review period. All funding decisions will be approved and agencies notified no later than July 31, 2020.


If you have questions or need support in completing this application, please contact:

Tamara Coleman-Lawrie, Director of Community Impact


P: 905-688-5050, Ext. 2109


To be eligible for funding, an Agency must:

  • Meet the Eligibility Criteria as prescribed by ESDC;
  • Complete the online funding application;
  • Deliver the project as outlined in the application to the citizens of the Niagara region;
  • Agree to use the funds only for the approved project;
  • Agree to share their application information with the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide and their local respective affiliates;
  • Complete the project by March 31, 2021; and
  • Provide ongoing and final reports to United Way Niagara as requested, including financial and outcomes data.

In partnership with The Branscombe Family Foundation, United Way Niagara is pleased to offer non-profit and charitable organizations access to Special Projects/Emergency funding to address community issues for residents of Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and/or Welland.

The goal of the Special Projects/Emergency Fund is to provide financing for innovative projects on a short-term basis, separate from United Way’s annual grants program or to assist in emergency situations.

Proposed projects will focus on addressing community needs while not duplicating existing support services/programs. Programs that impact people experiencing poverty in the following areas are encouraged:

  • Housing/Food
  • Youth
  • Newcomers
  • Building Organizational & Community Capacity

Proposals may be for one-time projects or for longer term programs which require some seed money and/or a trial operating period. There is no guarantee however of future funding beyond the initial Special Projects/Emergency Fund grant.

Grants will range to a maximum of $10,000 and will be available every 90 days during the year according to the following deadlines:

  • February 1st
  • May 1st
  • August 1st
  • November 1st

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, an organization must:

  • Provide a financial and outcomes report upon completion of the project
  • Deliver the proposed project to the citizens of Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and/or Welland
  • Agree to use the funds only for the approved project
  • Complete the project within one year from the time of funding

If you have any technical difficulties, please contact

 Seniors’ Health & Well-Being Fund

The Seniors’ Health & Well-Being Fund will provide grants up to a total of $500 per person per calendar year. This fund is for low-income seniors above the age of 65 who are faced with health, medical and/or well-being challenges in the Niagara region. 

All requests must include two references attesting to:

  1. Financial need (must be from a social worker or other social service expert)
  2. Quote of service (must be from a qualified healthcare provider)

The applicant must also prove that they have sought funding through social service channels first and that the Seniors’ Health & Well-Being Fund (a.k.a. Clara Crawford Fund) is a last resort. If the application is approved, funds will be paid directly to the healthcare provider.

Please note, dental applications are not accepted through this fund (please see Healthy Smiles, Brighter Futures Adult Dental Care Loan Program). 

The Seniors’ Health & Well-Being Fund is available through the generous legacy of Clara Crawford and the David S. Howes Fund at the Niagara Community Foundation (from 2020-2022). 

United Way Niagara gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Niagara Community Foundation. The Foundation builds permanently endowed charitable funds and provides grants to eligible charitable organizations in culture, health, education, environment, recreation and social service sectors.

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