Applications for Community Investment Funding

///Applications for Community Investment Funding
Applications for Community Investment Funding2018-04-30T23:08:23-07:00


Thank you for your interest in the United Way of Northern BC’s Community Investment funding. Effective immediately, we will be transitioning our funding cycle from past years of July 1st – June 30th to the new funding cycle of September 1st – August 31st. We recognize the strain this may have on some organizations and suggest that during this year of transition, agencies will need think through a contingency plan to mitigate this gap in funding timelines. We apologize ahead of time for any inconvenience this may cause.

It is also important that all applications are submitted with utmost care and attention to detail. In past years, we may have allowed late or incomplete applications to be submitted. Unfortunately in order to maintain low overhead costs, efficient capacity in our organization and to honour the time of our Community Investment Review Panel of volunteers, late or incomplete submissions will not be reviewed or qualify for funding.


  • Invest resources where they needed the most and where they will have the greatest impact.
  • Invest to make a measurable difference in the community.
  • Invest in a range of strategies to advance the priority goals including front line programs and services, convening, research and speaking up.
  • Invest in accordance with the evolution of the priority goals that reflect the needs of the community.
  • Invest to promote collaborative efforts to advance the priority goals.


United Way of Northern BC’s current priority goals for investment focus on specific issues that affect disadvantaged populations to achieve community impact. To advance these priority goals, we invest for results in terms of people served, program outcomes, and lives changed for the better.

These goals are designed to:

  • Address root causes or systemic issues
  • Offer rich opportunities to align the work with multiple community partners
  • Enable evidence-based approaches
  • Capitalize on community energy

Three Focus Areas:

  • All That Kids Can Be;
  • Health People, Strong Communities; and
  • From Poverty to Possibility.




  • All applicants must meet the all of following criteria:
  • Applicant must be a registered charity (with its own RR number).
  • Applicant must maintain a volunteer board that meets regularly.
  • Applicant must host an Annual General Meeting.
  • Applicant must have financial statements that have been audited by a licensed public accountant.

If any of the above criteria are not met, applicants must enter into a formal partner sponsorship agreement with a registered charity (with its own RR Number) that meets all of the above criteria.


  • The activities proposed by the applicant must benefit residents in the Northern BC region.
  • The applicant’s primary focus and mandate must be within the social services sector.
  • The request submitted by the applicant must clearly support stated priority goal(s).
  • The applicant (or partnering sponsor organization, in the case of sponsored applicants) must be financially solvent.
  • The applicant must carry sufficient liability insurance (at least $2 million) to cover the program/project seeking United Way funding.
  • Late or incomplete submissions will not be reviewed or qualify for funding. 


  • Post-secondary institutions.
  • Hospitals.
  • Religious projects.
  • Individuals, personal things.
  • Programs operated by the federal, provincial or municipal government.
  • Fundraising events.
  • Deficit or emergency funding.
  • Conferences, workshops or training sessions.
  • Capital campaigns, expenditures or capital costs (e.g. equipment, furniture, the construction of a building).
  • Groups that do not meet the objectives of UWNBC.


  • Retirement of debts or budget deficits.
  • Costs for capital equipment or expenses related to construction, or the development of facilities.
  • Wage subsidies for program participants.


Thoroughness, transparency and fairness are crucial when making funding decisions. This requires a deep understanding of our communities, existing vulnerabilities and emerging needs. Here’s a snapshot of how we fund to ensure maximum impacts are achieved.

  1. United Way staff complete a structured review of all past funding, reviewing performance, identifying community trends, analyzing proposed impact goals and the fit with applicants’ mandate(s), and reviewing agencies’ organisational and financial stability.
  2. The Board relies on its Community Investment Review Panel to bring a corporate and a community lens to all discussions of community impact and community investments.
  3. The United Way Board of Directors reviews the recommendations, its fit with mission, investment strategy and community need and finalizes funding decisions.


May 1, 2018 Application available on website
June 15, 2018 Application deadline 12:00 pm (or before)
June 15– July 31, 2018 Assessment process
Mid-End August 2018 Notification to Applicants
Sep 1, 2018 – Aug 31, 2019      New Funding Cycle Begins

If you have any issues downloading the application, please email us at info [at] .