To better tackle social issues, such as the rise in homelessness and the deepening of poverty, grants are being offered to local charities by United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI).

Thanks to 2018 financial donations to UWCNVI from many generous donors, funds are available to be reinvested into local communities through charities working to create positive impacts. For 2019-2020, United Way will help communities by investing in solutions through three of our impact areas: 

  • From Poverty to Possibility 
  • All That Kids Can Be 
  • Healthy People

“Our donors are incredible people and because they care and give, United Way can once again invest in effective programs through Community Partner grants,” says Signy Madden, Executive Director of United Way Central & North Vancouver Island. “Thousands of people turn to United Way funded programs for help through the year. Every dollar given to United Way counts; even small donations add up and you can see how it’s making a difference in your community.”

Community Partner Grants are being offered for the following amount in these communities, to charities providing local services:

Campbell River: micro grants are available for up to $2,000 per program
Comox Valley: agencies are eligible to apply for grants up to $5,000 per program
Central Island: agencies are eligible to apply for grants up to $10,000 per program
Cowichan: micro grants are available for up to $2,000 per program

All registered Canadian charities, operating in Cowichan, Central Island, Comox Valley and Campbell River are invited to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) between April 19, 2019 and May 10, 2019 online at:

Community Development Grants will also be offered in each region in response to emerging community needs, and to encourage community agencies to work together collaboratively on pressing issues such as the opioid crisis, affordable housing, homelessness and support for programs in Indigenous communities and agencies. These grants, in the amount of $5,000 to $20,000 per project will be selected through local agencies and issue-based coalitions. 

More information on grants, eligibility and the application process can be found here: grant information

Investments into local communities are made possible by generous donors who gave to UWCNVI in 2018 through workplace campaigns, and corporate and individual donations. Every donation stays in the community where it’s invested, so the more donations received, the larger the impact. Donations are accepted year round through UWCNVI. For more information on making a donation, contact or call 250-591-8731.

Sara Couper

Communications, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island