Application and Resources

United Way Halton and Hamilton’s Seed Grant Stream aims to cultivate new ideas and growth in the social sector. Funding supports capacity building and innovation processes focused on amplifying impact and transformation. 

This pilot launch involves a funding pool of $500,000; limited grants will be available. The application process embeds diversity, equity and inclusion considerations throughout. Organizations led by equity-deserving populations are encouraged to apply. To support any team in deciding whether or not their initiative is a good fit, we are offering application coaching.

Registration is now closed.

  • Open to registered charities, but can represent non-profits, partnerships or networks. 
  • Funding up to $100,000 for projects scoped for one year. 
  • Applicant’s mission aligns with one or more of our focus areas, and benefits Halton and/or Hamilton communities.
  • Supports diverse pathways for capacity building and transformation based on where an applicant is at, and the relative degree of change and impact they’re pursuing. 
  • Offers supportive granting features including application feedback, submission options (e.g. videos), learning-based reporting, and grant advisory sessions.  
  • Flexibility to adapt budgets, outcomes and timelines alongside emerging needs. 
  • Grantee-determined outcomes that align with unique contexts and impact objectives.
  • Focused on different levels of growth, including learning from successes and failures. 
  • Sector advancement with grantee commitment to share key insights externally. 
  • Grantees with strong outcomes can apply for a 50% grant top to action next steps. 


Additional resources will be available on our website by March. Information about processes for application coaching will be provided at that time. Registration is now closed.

The Seed Grant is part of UWHH’s investment framework. Its short-term funding complements our other longer-term grants. For more information about our investment streams, click here


March 27

Application opens (open call) 9:00 AM EST 

April 14

Final date to request application feedback 

May 12

Application portal closes 5:00 PM EST 

July – October 2023

Grantee initiatives start 

July – October 2024

Grantee initiatives end 

If you have any questions, please fill out the form below or contact

    Melise BreretonThe Seed Grant – Application and Resources