How We Invest in Our Community

Launched in 2021, United Way Halton & Hamilton’s new Investment Framework consists of three funding streams designed to balance agency stability, maintenance, innovation, and systemslevel transformation.  

Seed fosters the planting of new ideas through small grants encouraging a collaborative co-design process to develop, prototype, and test new ideas. This funding stream provides short-term, flexible, project-based, venture-style funding focused on social innovation. 

Feed is three-year, program-based funding for established programs that align with UWHH investment priorities. Feed recipients report annually, and are evaluated through results-based accountability. 

Root is five-year agency-based funding for organizations meeting additional criteria and seeking to strengthen their agency at the core. Root funding supports programming, as well as foundational operating needs. 

Why Seed, Feed, Root?

Investments into this framework go beyond serving clients in need. In addition, they strengthen the non-profit sector by encouraging: 

  • Investment into collaboration with other agencies and sectors  
  • Root-cause solutions and wrap-around service delivery 
  • Continuous improvement 
  • Strategic planning and capacity to leverage funding to secure additional resources 

 All UWHH investments align with one or more focus areas and investment priorities.

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Focus Areas & Investment Priorities

Poverty to Possibility 

United Way helps to meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Through our supported programs, we help individuals become economically independent, access affordable goods and services, and develop skills to prepare for a better future. 

  • Employment and Financial Security
  • Food Security
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All That Kids Can Be 

Children and youth face many barriers that can prevent their healthy development and achievement. For example, poverty, bullying, social exclusion, and lack of academic support can negatively impact their chances of success. United Way helps children and youth realize their full potential. 

  • Youth Supports
  • Family Supports
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Healthy People, Strong Communities

Wellness and belonging are the foundation of strong communities for everyone, regardless of age, race, ability, income or personal experience. Good mental health boosts our ability to deal with challenges. Similarly, people thrive when they are valued in community.

  • Mental Health & Safety
  • Community Inclusion
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*Within our focus areas and investment priorities, UWHH aims to invest across identified priority populations. Priority is given to individuals and groups facing higher rates of systemic barriers. These include: individuals and families experiencing low income, people living with mental health challenges, including addictions, newcomers, individuals with cognitive and/or developmental disabilities, women and girls, 2SLGBTQ+ community members, and racialized individuals. 

For more information, including eligibility criteria, application process, reporting and additional funding stream details, please see full Investment Framework Guide.

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Covid-19 Emergency Funding

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, United Way Halton & Hamilton provided much-needed emergency support in our community. In a trusted partnership with The Government of Canada, along with Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross, UWHH administered critical emergency relief through the federally funded Emergency Community Support Fund, and New Horizons for Seniors Program. UWHH also raised funds in community through the Local Love in a Global Crisis Covid-19 Emergency Fund. In total, $4,136,330 crucial dollars helped to provide basic needs, support for seniors, increased capacity for community services, and mental health supports. 

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