Thank you for your interest in the United Way of Northern BC’s Community Investment and impact funding.

It is 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 are 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.


  • Applicant must be a registered charity (with its own RR number) or a qualified donee (Canadian amateur athletic association, municipalities, school).
  • Applicant must maintain a volunteer board that meets regularly.
  • Applicant must host an Annual General Meeting.
  • Applicant must have financial statements that have been prepared by a licensed public accountant. This includes Notice to Reader, Review Engagement or Audited Financials. Audited Financials are preferred.

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 the above criteria. This charity will be termed the “Sponsoring Charity”.

  • 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 liability insurance (at least $2 million) to cover the program/project seeking UWNBC 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.
  • Attendance at 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 (3 Pillars, Mission, Vision, Values).
  • 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.

To allow for agencies to respond as needed to the COVID-19 crisis, the Call for Proposals/applications period is being extended by one (1) month.


Funding year 2020-2021 (October 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021

March 9 to April 30, 2020 May 31, 2020 Open for applications
September 1 to September 15, 2020 Send out Applicant Result Notifications
September 1 to September 30, 2020 Signed agreements due
October 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 Funding Period
February 28, 2021 Interim Report Due
July 31, 2021 Final Report Due

Registered Canadian charities operating local programs that meet our funding criteria and guidelines are encouraged to apply for United Way support through open calls for proposals. 

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Complete application package

For more information about our funding criteria and guidelines, contact us

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