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United Way East Ontario – Lanark announces launch of annual call for proposals

by | Dec 26, 2019 | Local News | 0 comments

United Way East Ontario – Lanark’s (UWEO) Call for Proposals (CFP) application process for the 2020/2021 funding cycle opens on January 8, 2020.  The CFP is available for any non-profit and registered charity serving Lanark County and Smiths Falls who is seeking funding from the UWEO.

“This is part of our on-going effort to ensure we are meeting the needs of our communities,” said Helen McIntosh, UWEO – Lanark Advisory Council Chair, “And that the generous donations from our supporters are invested in projects that will assist those most in need.”

Building on the Community Impact Grant (CIG) policy of 2014, United Way encourages organizations to work together on vital projects that address a demonstrated local need and align with one or more of UWEO’s three focus areas: All That Kids Can Be, From Poverty to Possibility, and Healthy People, Strong Communities

“Once again we will be using our online application process for the 2020/21 funding cycle, which opens up funding opportunities to all non-profits and charities within our communities,” noted 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.  United Way’s volunteers select successful applicants 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 priority goals,” said UWEO’s Regional Director Fraser Scantlebury.  “They include our work with children during critical hours before and 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.  Once again this year there is the opportunity for applicants to highlight aspects of mental health in their approach to solving community issues.”

Community organizations interested in applying should visit UWEO’s website at and look for the link to download the complete 2020 Call for Proposals Guidebook.  The online application portal opens January 8th, with application submission closing of 1:00pm on February 19th, 2020.  The funding cycle will run from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Information sessions on the CFP process will take place on January 10 at 9:30am and January 14 at 7pm via video conference – please contact the UWEO – Lanark office for further details via email:


Local volunteers from Lanark County and Smiths Falls will complete the assessment process, and the UWEO – Lanark Advisory Council will make the final funding decisions.  Notification to applicants will occur in early May 2020.  To see a full list of the Priority Goals and related information, please see the 2020 Call for Proposals Guidebook.

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