Funding Stream #3: Collective Impact, Collaboration and Innovation

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

Collective impact initiatives involve a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants.

Potential applicants are invited to discuss their collective impact initiative with UWGV directly before submitting a full application. Awards will include a negotiated agreement that is aligned with the UWGV Strategic Plan.

Priority areas for 2019: 

  • 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 and navigate community resources, while also developing social connections.


July 15, 2019  – Call for Applications open
September 15, 2019 – Applications close
TBD – Shortlisted agencies invited to present
October 15, 2019 – Funding Decision

Funding Reviews and Approvals

Applications will be reviewed by UWGV team members for eligibility and general compliance with the funding guidelines and reviewed with support from volunteers with subject area expertise and/or with lived experience within each focus area. All recommendations will be forwarded to the Community Impact Steering Committee for final review and approval by the UWGV Board of Directors.

UWGV would like to extend a thank you to our many volunteers who assist with our funding review process. Each year, over 25 peers, community leaders from the non-profit, academic, government and local business sectors, and persons with lived experience share their knowledge and insight aligned with each priority area and offer their time to review grant applications, sit on review panels and committees, and provide insight into the gaps and needs within the community in order to help us make the most informed funding decisions.

Eligible Initiative Descriptions

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