2020-2021 Funding Application process will soon be available. If you are on the Volunteer Benevole Yukon mailing list you will receive announcements. If you would like more information on United Way funding please email or call 867-667-2003
United Way Yukon provides grants of up to $10,000 on an annual basis to eligible registered non-profit organizations for projects/programs that benefit Yukon communities and fit within United Way focus areas.
There are large demands on United Way Society of Yukon’s funding each year and requests far outstrip budget so the funding committee does its best to distribute funding in a fair and equitable way to projects that make a difference and require support.
We do support core funding and will invest in solid projects on a long term basis (repeatedly each year) if the program warrants annual investment.
What We Fund
We support Yukon based charities and/or Yukon First Nations that undertake programming that is focused on social problems such as poverty, homelessness, family violence and social isolation.
We identify gaps, invest in solutions, evaluate our progress and report back to our donors. United Way Society of Yukon works to make a measurable difference in communities across the Yukon. As noted above we are only able to fund registered charities and First Nations based in the Yukon.
Thoroughness, transparency and fairness are crucial when making funding decisions. This requires a deep understanding of our communities, existing vulnerabilities and emerging needs. Here’s a snapshot of how we fund to ensure maximum impacts are achieved.
United Way Yukon’s Community Engagement and Investment Committee complete a review of all funding applications, reviewing past grant performance, identifying community trends, analyzing proposed impact goals and the fit with applicants’ mandate(s), and reviewing applicants’ organizational and financial stability.
The United Way Board of Directors reviews the recommendations, its fit with mission, investment strategy and community need and finalizes funding decisions.
Three Priority Areas
We invest in three priority areas. This following description of our priority areas for funding is intended to help ensure a common understanding with our community partners and help demonstrate how our resources, skills and capacity are improving our community.
All that kids can be - supporting kids and youth with resources to grow up healthy and transition into adulthood.
Healthy people, strong communities - developing the capacity of people to care for themselves and families by creating opportunities and places for social interaction
The information provided below is intended to help United Way ensure a common understanding with our community partners and help demonstrate how our resources, skills and capacity are improving our community.
United Way's Three Priority Areas
All That Kids Can Be
Supporting kids and youth with resources to grow up healthy and transition into adulthood.
Supports to promote the healthy development of pre-school children (aged 0-6 years old), including supporting their physical, mental, social and emotional growth, and providing services and resources to their parents and caregivers. Includes, but is not limited to, pre and postnatal care, parenting programs, parent child resource centres, school readiness, and home visiting. ie: Mother Goose
Supports to promote the healthy development of school-aged children (aged 7-11 years old), including supporting their physical, mental, social, emotional and academic well-being, and providing services and resources to their parents and caregivers. ie: Big Brothers, Big Sisters Yukon.
Supports to promote the physical, mental, social, emotional, and economic development and well-being of youth (aged 12-24 years old), including services to support academic and educational achievement, leadership development, job training and supports, community development and civic engagement, settlement and integration, social and recreational participation, and violence and conflict prevention. ie: Byte.
From Poverty to Possibility
Building individuals’ financial stability and independence through access to healthy food, affordable housing and employment.
Supports to ensure access to food for individuals and families experiencing food insecurity, and supports to build community by growing, cooking and sharing food together. Includes, but is not limited to, breakfast/snack programs, community gardens, cooking programs, meals on wheels, community meals, food collection programs. ie: Food Banks, VFWC lunch program.
Supports to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to find and maintain housing, meet basic needs, and promote health and well-being. ie: Whitehorse Connects, BT4D programming
Supports to assist individuals to develop their job skills and to enhance their ability to find and maintain employment. Includes, but is not limited to employment counseling, resume preparation assistance, interview training and other pre-job guidance services, skills upgrading, training and development programs, mentoring. ie: Challenge Waterfront crew
Financial Literacy and Asset Development Programs
Supports to individuals to develop their knowledge and skills to manage their personal financial resources effectively and help them make more informed money management decisions that improve their financial outcomes and build their financial security. Including but not limited to, banking services information and support, financial assessment tools, financial management workshops, personal financial counseling, tax preparation assistance.
Healthy People, Strong Communities
Developing the capacity of people to care for themselves and families by creating opportunities and places for social interaction.
Neighbourhood Development and Engagement
Supports to strengthen communities and neighbourhoods by engaging residents, community stakeholders, community organizations, funders, government and academic partners to: improve the quality of neighbourhood life, and foster community cohesion; build and maintain an adequate network of neighbourhood infrastructure, social services and community programs; engage in policy and research activities to understand and support communities and neighbourhoods; and increase public awareness of the importance of strong neighbourhoods for a strong and vibrant city.
Newcomer Settlement and Integration
Supports to assist newcomers to settle and integrate by meeting immediate needs and providing longer term assistance, and supports to help newcomer communities engage by building community capacity, leadership and voice. Services to meet immediate needs include, but are not limited to, settlement and orientation counseling, information and referral to services, translation and interpretation.
Community Mental Health
Supports to promote mental health and well-being, increase public awareness, reduce stigma, and provide community-based mental health programs, including preventive services, crisis support services, addiction services and self-help resources. Also includes support for those living with chronic illnesses.
Supports to promote healthy and active living among seniors and to support seniors to live independently, either in their own homes or in supportive housing. Includes services such as adult day programs, congregate dining, seniors’ centres, and transportation to medical appointments, shopping, banking and other activities, and supports to caregivers.
Supports to assist men, women and children who have experienced physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse in domestic relationships, including crisis intervention, emergency shelters, counseling and transitional services, parenting supports, and legal support, as well as advocacy, preventative work and public education. ie: Carcross Men’s Group.
People with Disabilities
Supports to help adults and children with physical or developmental disabilities to live independently and actively participate in their communities, and supports to assist family members and caregivers. Also includes information, support, educational events and other resources to help people with chronic illnesses to live well. ie: LDAY, Challenge