COVID-19 Emergency Funding

 

Learn more about how United Way Halton & Hamilton is supporting vulnerable people during the pandemic, investing in our community and making an impact.

The United Way Halton & Hamilton (UWHH) Community Impact (CI) team works closely with the Halton Region COVID Task force, Halton Granters Roundtable, and the Hamilton Granters Roundtable, carefully reviewing applications for the COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

UWHH makes decisions through a consultative process to assess community need and coordinate funding efforts. We assess applications based on: alignment with support theme, impact in community (who/how many will the funds serve), geographic coverage (ensuring we support initiatives throughout our five communities), and funding gaps (where other funding partners may/may not support the program).

When you give to United Way, you will help provide:

Basic

Needs

Ensure people have access to life’s essentials, such as food.

Help

for Seniors 

Ensure that while vulnerable people are isolated, they are also supported. 

Capacity for

Community Services

Ensure that community partners can continue to do their vital work.

Mental Health

Support

Enable crisis lines and system navigation services.
As the situation changes, United Way will work with our community partners to adapt.

PHASE 1: BASIC NEEDS

Open to UWHH currently funded agencies targeting emergency needs such as food, PPE, and staffing related to serving immediate needs. The CI team received 17 applications totalling $150,000. The following nine agencies received a total of $50,000

The Impact: Support 66 individuals with developmental disabilities to provide PPE, food, hygiene and staffing to deliver services.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $7,000

The Impact: Provide comfort kits (hygiene and basic needs) for 25-100 criminalized and marginalized women per week.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $5,000

The Impact:Supports 110 families with food, grocery cards, hygiene products, and online programming for children and youth.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $5,000

The Impact: Provide 140 meals per week for 8 weeks to low income individuals accessing the Next door Kitchen meal bag program in collaboration with Wellington Square United Church.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $3,000

The Impact: Purchase protein rich foods that will serve 2000 children and families in Halton.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $5,000

The Impact: Funds to support additional staffing to support 40-50 at risk and homeless youth (per day) with food programing and outreach.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $5,000

The Impact: Provide emergency needs (grocery cards, hygiene items, and transport) for 150+ marginalized women and survivors of gendered violence.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $5,000

The Impact: Coordinate PPE distribution to frontline staff and support 200+ homeless people across Halton.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $5,000

The Impact: Support staff to replace reduced volunteer capacity in meal hamper program that support 4000 community members 3 days of food for 12,000 days of food.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $10,000

PHASE 2: SUPPORT FOR SENIORS

*Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program

Open to other non-profit charitable organizations beyond those currently supported by UWHH, focussed on seniors (55+) who are self-isolating and otherwise isolated due to age, physical and mental ability, and other circumstances. The CI team received 24 applications totalling $365,158. The following 15 agencies received a total $207,800.

The Impact: Provide supports to over 1,000 vulnerable seniors through meal and activity delivery, online music therapy for seniors and their caregivers, and PPE to frontline staff to continue at home care.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $16,500

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Support delivery of three programs: meals on wheels, shopping 4 seniors (grocery delivery), and friendly calling, to over 200 isolated seniors.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $9,500

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Support 141 developmentally disabled seniors with residential support including meal planning, hygiene support, and socialization through virtual programming.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $20,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Support over 114 isolated seniors suffering from mental health challenges such as thoughts of suicide, with wellness checks (often after being hospitalized).

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $7,500

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Provide 574 households (most of which include seniors or single seniors) with meal bags (including hygiene supplies) and friendly calls.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $17,200

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support front line staff to delivery services (food and essentials like medication and bathing, in person and virtual programming including wellness checks) to 335 self-isolating seniors in Good Shepherd Seniors Building.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $40,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support the coordination and delivery of food baskets including other basic needs to over 50 low income, isolated seniors in Oakville.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $22,500

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Provide meals/groceries, weekly exercise classes, and outreach to over 40 isolated seniors.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $3,900

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support staffing to help manage increase requests of the meals on wheels programs (including wellness check) to serve over 200 isolated seniors in Oakville.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $6,300

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Support the Seniors First Response Team in delivering food, essential items, and wellness checks to 500 isolated seniors.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $20,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Provide respite and support to 250 seniors and their caregivers isolated in their homes through delivery of care packages (including reading materials, arts and crafts, games, self-care tips, and other resources).

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $5,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support street outreach efforts to 80 vulnerable seniors including providing basic needs, technology/communication, and harm reduction materials (in partnership with Hamilton City Housing, and Wesley).

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $2,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support the seniors outreach program to provide care management, emergency food, and/or hot meals to 70 low income seniors (in partnership with City Housing and Hamilton Food Share).

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $21,650

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Increase capacity to support vulnerable seniors through virtual group programs (digital literacy and coping skills, among others), grocery/medication delivery, and navigation of support systems.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $10,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Support the coordination and delivery of care hampers (including food, resource information, and mentally stimulating/stress-relieving activities) to 100 isolated seniors in Hamilton.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $5,750

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

PHASE 3: Emergency Community Support Fund

*Funded by the Government of Canada

Open to other non-profit and charitable organizations beyond those currently supported by UWHH, focused on serving the emergency needs of vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19. The CI team has reviewed 97 applications totalling $4,162,535 in requested dollars. Intake is now closed. Investment decisions totalling $2,507,254 have been made.

The Impact: Provide in home respite care/caregiver relief (to combat the extreme mental and physical health impacts such as exhaustion and depression) to 50 families across Halton whose loved one is living with Dementia.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $75,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Coordinate and deliver emergency food and art supplies so that more than 66 families and children experiencing low income in Oakville can participate in online arts programming.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $60,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Expansion of the Chalmers application into the Halton Region, supported by Halton Region and Halton Information Providers. This app will support homeless and other marginalized individuals looking for community support services.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $30,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Expand the Support Youth Now program that provides emergency needs (household and hygiene products, food cards) and virtual social programming to 75 at-risk youth in Hamilton’s McQuesten, Sanford, and Crown Point neighbourhoods.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $49,330

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Will support the Phone it Forward program, providing visually impaired individuals with phones that have accessible adapted programs. This technology will empower Blind individuals to operate independently and equitably in society. 

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $12,288.38

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Continue the Drive to Deliver program which provides nutritional, personal care, and food products to 100 registered cancer patients from Hamilton. Cancer patients are immuno-compromised and in even great need of support during COVID-19. 

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $42,500

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Expand and administer the Coping Skills virtual group program to 90 participants to learn how to improve overall mental health and wellness and reduce symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $41,125

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Support the Bridging the Gap program for 20 marginalized and oppressed youth aging out of care to access mental health supports and financial assistance to be able to attend post-secondary school. The goal of the program is to end the cycle of homelessness and financial instability.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $75,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support the 200-250 individuals/families (mainly from Burlington) facing low income, mental health, and homelessness due to economic instability to access food, clothing, and hygiene products every week.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $15,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Adapt and deliver physical fitness programming at Halton Region parks throughout the summer for senior’s to be able to improve their physical and mental health.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $37,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Funding will support this group home with iPads and cameras for their computers, to provide their residents with virtual visits with family members and doctors. Some funding will also go towards personal protective equipment.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $5,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Hire an additional staff to coordinate the Distress Line, a free nonjudgmental support line, which is seeing a 25% increase in call volume, and support summer volunteer coordination.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $35,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Provide disabled children, from Hamilton and Halton, and their families facing financial barriers with assistive devices to promote safe and healthy development and dignified at home living (while other summer camp and care programming is unavailable). 

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $24,840

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Hire a Service Coordinator role to provide support, service navigation, and direct basic needs to 100 survivors of sexual assault from Halton and Hamilton.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $71,907

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Support the ACCESS program which will provide culturally appropriate, healthy food access to 100 newcomer families and individuals from Hamilton experiencing low income and as a result, food insecurity.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $65,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Supporting Refuge in retaining a Registered Nurse Practitioner to provide the full range of health care to new immigrants and refugees. Services will be provided in a culturally sensitive, language-supported low-barrier manner to benefit this incredibly marginalized group in Hamilton.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $33,231

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Provide emergency food and hygiene items to serve 250 infants and children per month throughout Hamilton experiencing low income and/or who are marginalized. 

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $50,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Deliver the Flamborough Shops program which provides grocery shopping and delivery services to Flamborough residents including rural seniors who require added supports to access due to COVID-19.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $75,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Provide bi-weekly food gift cards to 776 children* (and their families) experiencing low income across Halton Region to help ease food insecurity as a result of economic challenges households are now facing.
*This is total clients served; allocating less than requested therefore clients served will likely be less.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $25,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Provides bi-weekly food gift cards to 1250* children (and their families) experiencing low income in Hamilton to help ease food insecurity as a result of economic challenges households are now facing.*This is total clients served; allocating less than requested therefore clients served will likely be less.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $25,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support the coordination of the influx of food donations in the warehouse and manage the distribution of food into the Halton and Hamilton communities including equipment needs.

Community: Halton & Hamilton

Funding Amount: $62,560

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Will support the Summer Activity Packages program, providing low income families with activity kits, supplemented with instructional videos and Zoom check-ins. Will also support the refurbishing of the Next Door social space to be compliant with health mandates.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $4,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Expanding service provision, food purchasing, and food literacy to those in need in Georgetown. Supporting over 95 individuals through healthy meals, including recipes and meal kits to improve clients’ abilities to cook.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $17,198.50

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Provide discretionary funds directly to Halton students who are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for basic needs and essential items. This is a new expansion of an existing program.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $32,100

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Provision of grief and trauma counselling, workshops, and support to those who have lost someone to suicide. Funds directed to increasing staff and outreach capacity.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $26,720

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Provide tablets to home visitors delivering the home instruction for parents with youngsters program to facilitate easier learning as parents are under increased pressures of isolation, lack of available technology, and language barriers in the case of newcomers. Program will serve up to 165 families across Burlington, Oakville, and Milton.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $20,800

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Support the wages of a social worker that will coordinate and facilitate online groups for 70 newcomer women at risk of or experiencing gender-based violence and provide individualized counselling, safety planning and referrals to specialized services.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $66,074

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Will hire a Food Programs Manager and increasing other staffing, focused on Food Market serving 560+/week, and partnership with Halton Fresh Food Box serving 700+ families per month.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $58,800

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Adapt the Prodigal Sonz basketball program which will incorporate physical distancing and pandemic health procedures to provide one to one mentorship with 41 at-risk youth across Hamilton.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $25,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support the Infant Food Bank to provide over 130 infants and their families experiencing low income and food insecurity with baby formula, diapers, and other essential needs. 

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $75,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: The “She Can Thrive!” program will provide multi-faceted accessible educational and wellbeing supports to 200 young girls in Milton struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $30,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Support food delivery, and counselling delivered by a Middle East Outreach Worker who also assists with accessing supports for those who speak Arabic and/or Kurdish and require immediate and settlement supports during COVID. Will serve 100 clients with home delivery/month and 400 clients with counselling/month across Hamilton.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $60,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support the virtual provision of the After School Treatment program that services 247 children with mental health issues and resulting behavioural/social difficulties (and their families on a one-to-one basis) and are under the added pressures of home-schooling.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $50,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Providing behavioural insight-informed processes for tax filing and financial empowerment of people living in poverty and/or with other barriers due to and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $75,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Provision of in-person and virtual programming to 5 priority neighbourhoods in Oakville to promote wellbeing and health during social distancing measures.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $18,500

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support the costs of physical improvements for their spaces (such as Plexiglas protectors and disinfecting foggers) to support the thousands of immunocompromised children and their families that are housed and supported during hospital stays.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $75,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support Outreach & Emergency Response program serving 1,800 to 2,000 individuals from Burlington with food, housing, newcomer and community connections.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $28,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Hire a full time staff position to manage the new online chat tool, provide counselling to clients via Zoom, and increase access to bi-monthly food packages.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $50,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Support the launch of the Chalmers Application, created by Ample Labs, that connects vulnerable populations (especially homeless individuals) to on the ground resources (like food and shelter) utilizing Ontario 211 data. This application is expected to serve 2,000 Hamilton-based users per month.  

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $50,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support the management, delivery and purchasing of goods (food, PPE) and healthcare services (including medical and psychotherapy) to ensure 140 young mothers across Hamilton and Halton are supported and rehabilitated from trauma and neglect.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $75,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Provide basic needs (including food vouchers, clothing, and furniture) to 171+ individuals of all ages and backgrounds experiencing low income across the Hamilton area (including Stoney Creek and Binbrook)

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $30,708

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support an 8-week virtual summer adventure program to support children’s engagement in learning, mental health, and physical activity, all of which have been hindered by the pandemic. Program will target low income and racialized community members.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $20,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Supporting two programs that will support local youth of colour, specifically Black youth. Holland Heroes will support youth facing financial and mental hardships, and the online adaptation of Youth Leadership & Mentorship will support youth needing mentors. Funding will go towards basic needs provisions within those programs, as well as other costs to support this marginalized population.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $45,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Provide a virtual services specialist to develop and facilitate virtual workshops in both the Employment Peer Mentoring Program (serving 180 clients) and the Pre-Employment Program (serving 170 clients).

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $37,652

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: This funding will support the organization in purchasing their delivery truck from lease, to ensure they can continue providing direct and client-centered services to those in need. 

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $30,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support the virtual adaptation of the Learning, Sounds, Words program (formerly in Hamilton Wentworth District Schools) to improve literacy skills of children who are in even more need as a results of COVID-19 school closures.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $8,777

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Supporting the virtual adaptation of TEAD’s programming for clients with disabilities. Services will include video check-ins between the clients and their horses, as well as taping of instructional videos based on new requirements for service provision.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $7,832.69

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Wellness in the Woods is a new program that will support frontline workers with equine and mindfulness therapy during and due to the stressful demands of the pandemic. 

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $5,773.93

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support the coordination and delivery of the Health & Hygiene program in which 174 families with infants (located throughout Hamilton) are provided a year’s worth of clothing and essential baby items (such diapers, wipes, etc.)

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $25,900

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Deliver a Kosher Meals on Wheels program to 400 members of the Jewish community and other faith groups across Hamilton and Burlington.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $60,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support a volunteer coordinator, Registered Social Worker, and program materials associated with a virtual companionship program for non-verbal children with medical complexities (and their caregivers) from across Halton and Hamilton.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $10,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Provide barrier-free peer counselling (online and in person one-on-one) to more than 200 individuals struggling with mental health challenges including addictions across Hamilton.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $75,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support the purchasing of 30 pre-loaded reading tablets and WIFI hotspots to loan to seniors who may be isolated and/or immunocompromised. This will assist them in accessing library resources to continue education, and communication tools to connect with others. 

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $22,600

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Create and distribute personalized self-care kits for 75 adults with developmental disabilities living in group homes or supported living to complement the creation of virtual self-care programming.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $5,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Support staff to deliver the Life Skills Empowerment workshop program in partnership with Women’s Place Shelter of Halton. The program responds to the increased need for mental health and empowerment resources to support women in crisis in Halton.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $63,224.49

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Expand agency’s capacity, by supplying laptops and video conferencing software, to offer virtual counselling and support to 100 individuals across Halton (including areas of Hamilton).

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $5,500

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Provide intake, referral, comfort kit and case worker virtual support (from Grenfell Ministries) to individuals undergoing at home withdrawal (AKA community detoxification) in partnership with Marchese Health Care, Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinic and Welcome Inn Community Centre.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $29,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Continued provision of their meal bag program, which has continued to grow in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program serves 839 people regularly, and increasing.

Community: Halton

Funding Amount: $57,140

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: No

The Impact: Deliver the Virtual and Phone Reach program that will see donated cell phones and tablets (including service plans and/or phone cards) and the creation of virtual program content provided to up to 1,000 vulnerable individuals across Hamilton, Burlington, and Oakville.

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $75,000

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Support the Youth in Transition program which will provide over 165 youth from Halton and Hamilton experiencing sexual violence, domestic violence, or human trafficking a safe hotel space to stay in, food, and case work support to be able to obtain secure, suitable housing and essential needs (like income security).

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $37,500

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Sustain and expand virtual Health and Wellness classes, Senior’s Check-In, and Good Beginnings program as well as create virtual studio space to create content for isolated seniors and women facing barriers to inclusion across Hamilton, Burlington, and Oakville. 

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $56,500

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

The Impact: Support the coordination of the Virtual Check In program that provides proactive virtual outreach and peer support to 100 LGBTQIA+ young people across Hamilton

Community: Hamilton

Funding Amount: $44,600

Agency also supported by UWHH Community Fund: Yes

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