Community Impact Grants

The United Way 2019 granting is now open.

Through annual fundraising campaigns, United Way Bruce Grey (UWBG) raises hundreds of thousands of dollars within our community. Those undesignated monies that become available for distribution become part of our Community Fund – which is re-invested locally to address social service issues.

Community Impact Special Project Grants – one-time funding for community agencies

2018 Member Agency Guidebook

This funding allows any registered charitable organization in our community, which meet our funding criteria, to apply. Other practical capacity-building support is offered to registered charities that apply for funding.

All United Way funds are distributed according to our Three Priority Areas:

  • From poverty to possibility –We are looking for initiatives that meet people’s basic needs for food, shelter and safety; as well as those that ensure individuals have opportunities to seek stable and sufficient employment, and make education, training and learning opportunities affordable and accessible for all.
  • Healthy people, strong communities –We are looking for initiatives that reduce barriers and isolation for those with addictions and mental-health issues through counselling, referrals, rehabilitation and other services. As well, services that support seniors, and individuals with physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities are ideal.
  • All that kids can be – We are looking for organizations that are supporting the healthy growth and development of young people. This means actively targeting the source of their challenges and working to address systemic issues.

2019 Granting documents:

UWBG Grant Application 2019 Part A

UWBG Program Information 2019 Part B




2018 Funded Grants


Canadian Mental Health Association ~ Brunch Program Working together, the garden project not only provides job ready skills, a wage and overall increased feelings of self-worth for the garden staff, but also provides an abundance of garden-fresh produce for the 60 meals a day served by the Union Place Brunch program.
Canadian Mental Health Association ~ Friends & Neighbours Club program uses child-sized puppets to talk to children ages 4 to 11 about mental health.  By starting the conversation about good mental health early we are increasing the mental literacy of our next generation.  We also know that 1 in 5 youth will be affected by a mental health issue and best practice for recovery requires early intervention and access to services.
Canadian Mental Health Association ~ Garden Project . Working together, the garden project not only provides job ready skills, a wage and overall increased feelings of self-worth for the garden staff, but also provides an abundance of garden-fresh produce for the 60 meals a day served by the Union Place Brunch program.
Canadian Mental Health Association ~ ID Clinic ID Clinic as a pilot project to assist individuals in acquiring essential identification who would not be able to afford it or be daunted by the process
Canadian Mental Health Association ~ Let’s Talk A mental health and mental illness awareness program for intermediate, high school and college students designed to reach out and help intermediate, high school and college youth develop and maintain good Mental Health, while decreasing the stigma surrounding Mental Illness and its treatment.
Canadian Mental Health Association ~ Fresh Roots Café Our commercial kitchen project is an entrepreneurial not-for-profit approach to addressing social issues, unemployment, poverty and creating positive community change by offering training and / or employment to people who are typically excluded from the mainstream economy, this creates employment capacity and self-sufficiency for individuals, and impacts their communities while lessening reliance on the social safety net.
Canadian Mental Health Association ~ Men’s Program To help men who are abusive towards women change their behaviours and attitudes and develop respectful relationships.
Durham & District Food Bank ~ Food Bank Core operations of the food bank
Grey Bruce Eat & Learn Breakfast Program Breakfast cheese program
Keystone Child, Youth & Family Services ~ Residence Program To help move suicidal, depressed and anxious youth in the direction of wellness by providing therapeutic and alternative recreational activities (which currently are not available with existing funds). Various outcomes for individuals depending on their plan of care. New experiences, dealing with anxiety and depression and moving towards wellness in general are the goals sought for the individuals with this type of programming.
Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library ~ Teen Advisory Group Programming For 2017 we are working with a team of youth volunteers to provide free technology training to seniors and other adults in our community. This would include assistance with computers, tablets and smartphones involving apps, social media, email, and whatever else may come up. We are very excited about the intergenerational aspect of this program, and the skills that our volunteers will be able to share with the community.
South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy ~ Community Volunteer Tutor Program In addition to our one-on-one core tutoring program, we continue to offer drama workshops for kinesthetic learners in a group setting, and presentations and workshops for parents and other adult allies who support these learners.  We continue to develop alternatives for learners for whom existing programs are not a good fit, and our resource centre remains available for all in the community.   All of these activities are offered at no charge to users.
The Meeting Place Tobermory ~ Food Bank Financial support in the past has helped us manage the program through the ups and downs and the donation side. The United Way helps the organization with area donors so food donations stay at a consistent level.
The Meeting Place Tobermory ~ Project Development & Community Coordination For Community Information & Resource Coordination (CIRC) the majority of the 88 individuals and families served last year accessed the service directly which indicates people are comfortable  with the  service.  There were a high number of  requests for hydro so          viewing that experience this year for depth of need. For youth group, the  age is 10 – 15 so all Tobermory children schooled at Lion Head have an   evening activity to go to. We have reintroduced Sports Night and  music and arts mentoring for older youth based on requests.
The Meeting Place Tobermory ~ Children and Youth Programming CHILDREN: SOAR after school program at The Meeting Place Tobermory provides a safe, positive, healthy environment for children ages 4 – 7 that encourages them to build self confidence, while enabling them to learn and take part in supervised recreation, resulting in strong, positive relationships with their peers outside of the school atmosphere. This is the only on-going weekly children’s program outside of school in Tobermory. YOUTH: Youth Adventures is an evening youth group providing skill based interest activities and social support 2X monthly, ages 8-12
Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth This program provides for direct client expenses not covered by any other program and may include emergency accommodation/food/transportation/clothing and resources to help them understand their situation.
Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey ~ Child Witness Children who witness domestic violence in the home are more prone to at-risk behaviours.  The trauma from their experiences leaves kids without the ability to cope with what’s happened to them.  Most are functioning emotionally at a much younger age.  This is expressed through their anger, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, inability to trust and difficulty advocating for themselves.  Much support is needed for them to take each step to getting help.  The need is expressed by schools contacting the Child Witness Program and requesting their presence.
Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey ~ Outreach Community Counselling The Outreach program is an initiative that meets women’s and children’s needs for safety and healing.  It works to build strong families by supporting violence prevention efforts and ensuring families are supported within their home communities. Women’s House  strives to provide services to women in their own communities so as to eliminate barriers such as transportation, and other challenges such as child care for the women who access our services.
Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey ~ Second Stage Housing The Second Stage Program continues to support women who may also need support with housing, and assistance with accessing and navigating support systems.  Besides this individual support, the Second Stage Counsellor also provided 3 support groups which lasted from 6 to 10 weeks.
Safe N Sound – Co-ordinator Will ensure that most vulnerable people in our community have access to nutritious food while providing crisis housing intervention services and supports and appropriate referrals to the other community partners working to eradicate poverty and addressing active addictions and mental heal issues resulting in homelessness or imminent risk of homelessness
Safe N Sound – lunch program When the lunch program was begun at Safe ‘N Sound Residence in 2011 our records indicate that participation was recording approximately 25 -30 people per week. In 2017 Safe ‘N Sound is providing lunch for 40 – 70 people per day.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Owen Sound – Volunteer recruitment The “Be a Hero” Volunteer Recruitment, Screening & Training Project” addresses the local need of finding the most suitable volunteers and updating our inclusivity policies and training program to include the LGBTQ+, newcomers and other minority community members. We must educate current and new volunteers that are matched as mentors with the children that are on our waiting list for service, as well as staff and board members to safe spaces within our organization.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Owen Sound – Summer Camp The “Send Littles to Summer Camp” addresses the local need of assisting at-risk youth that are involved in our mentoring program, whom otherwise would not have the means to attend a summer camp, go for one week in the summer.
St John Ambulance Provide 25 First Aid kits

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