United Way is embarking on a new strategy to lift children in Windsor and Essex County out of poverty and put them on a road to prosperity. This new strategy is called Cradle to Career. It’s built on the philosophy that if we provide supports to children when they are young, we can help them to succeed in school and life, and set them on a path to post-secondary education or a trade, academic achievement and a career that allows them to be self-sufficient.

In 2010, United Way changed its funding model – moving from funding “member agencies” to programs that address critical issues and meet certain criteria for improving community conditions over the long term.  The criteria were established based on our research into best practices in the areas of reducing poverty, positioning kids and families for success, and creating thriving neighbourhoods.  Our partners were asked to work together to improve identified community conditions, and United Way funded their collaborative efforts.  United Way also moved to fund programs in five-year cycles, allowing agencies the time to improve outcomes, as opposed to continually applying for new funding each year. 

How to Apply for Funding

The current process for funding is under review by our Board of Directors. More information regarding our new investments process will be posted as it becomes available in 2019-20.

If you have questions, please contact Alicea Fleming, Manager of Community Development and Investments, at afleming@weareunited.com or 519-259-6174.


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