UWGV Community Impact

Help Make Local Issues #UNIGNORABLE

Our Vision

Everyone in our community has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Our Mission

Empower everyone to improve lives and build strong communities.

Since 1937, UWGV has invested over $165 million to support a strong network of programs and services in the Capital Region District (CRD) and Southern Gulf Islands primarily in three priority areas:

As a multi-year funder, UWGV supports a broad array of high quality programs/projects, services and initiatives across the CRD and Southern Gulf Islands that reach and serve our most vulnerable population to ensure that everyone in every community has the opportunity to live a good life.

In our busy world, important local social issues such as mental health and addictions, poverty, social isolation, and homelessness can be ignored or go unnoticed. The issues are big, complex and often take hold over many years. Issues of poverty and inequality are hurting our community and they undermine our quality of life and the values of fairness, safety and diversity we all value as residents. Too many people are being left behind.


  • Affect the lives of people in the CRD
  • Prevent our community from fully prospering

Solving #UNIGNORABLE issues takes the entire community. These issues belong to each and every one of us.

UWGV invites prospective community partners to collaborate on strategic initiatives that create systemic change and collective impact leading to social progress. Initiatives may include: Community Collaborations and Partnerships (not a program or service), System and Policy Initiatives, Pilot Projects, Emerging Needs/ Community Emergencies in one of the following priority areas:

Mental Health and Addictions – Assisting individuals who face barriers such as mental health challenges, trauma, and/or substance addictions that interfere with their daily living activities and employment opportunities. This includes Connection to Supports for Vulnerable People and Personal Well-Being & Safety.

Affordable Housing – Assisting lower-income individuals and/or families to find and maintain safe and stable housing and build their capacity to participate in market housing.

Homelessness – Assisting persons needing emergency and/or transitional housing supports.

Social Isolation and Connections – Strengthening people’s ability to access, navigate and leverage community resources, while also developing social connections. 

Let’s make local issues #UNIGNORABLE

Funding Stream #3: Collective Impact, Collaboration and Innovation

*******NOW OPEN*******


  • The maximum funding available per project is $40,000
  • We plan to award 3 to 5 grants under this funding call
  • Projects may be initiated by eligible community agency (s), UWGV, or co-developed with key stakeholders
  • The invitation is open to all 13 municipalities in the Greater Victoria region including the Western Communities, Sooke and the Southern Gulf Islands.

Funding Eligibility:

To be eligible for UWGV funding an organization must:

  • Be based in and providing service within the Capital Regional District (CRD)
  • Operate as a federally registered charitable organization or qualified donee
  • Have a mission, purpose, programs or activities that align with UWGV priority areas
  • Have audited or reviewed financial statements for at least two consecutive years (i.e.2018 and 2019)
  • Agree to work with United Way of Greater Victoria to provide program outcome data
  • Demonstrate a willingness to support UWGV’s fundraising efforts
  • Review the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), UWGV Funding Framework, and Vulnerable Populations document prior to submitting
  • Shortlisted agencies will be invited to present to UWGV’s Impact Review Committee

For detailed funding guidelines and application information


CLOSING DATE for completed applications is SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 at 4 pm. To further discuss your proposal and to request access to the online application form, please contact Community Impact Team at CI.fund@uwgv.ca.

Additional Resources & References:

Community Investment Framework PDF
UWGV Strat Plan
Vulnerable Populations PDF
How We Fund PDF
2017 Community Consultation Report
Tamarack Institute – Collective Impact http://www.tamarackcommunity.ca/collectiveimpact