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Community Services Recovery Fund:
Call for Proposals and Investment Opportunities

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Community Services Recovery Fund

Community Services Recovery Fund

The Government of Canada, through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), announced a one-time historic new fund: the Community Services Recovery Fund (CSRF). The $400 million CSRF will strengthen charities and non-profits as they build resilience by making investments in their people, organizations, and program innovation.

United Way East Ontario is proud to support this important investment in our region, including Ottawa, Lanark County, Renfrew County, and Prescott-Russell, and will begin accepting applications for the CSRF starting January 6, 2023, until February 21, 2023.

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On December 5, 2022, United Way East Ontario’s Corporate Oversight Committee approved a one-year extension, from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024, for programs currently funded through last year’s Community Fund. The next Community Fund open call for proposals will be held in 2024.

United Way East Ontario is committed to making change happen in our community by working with, and investing in, our priority goal partners across the region. Non-profit organizations that demonstrate results and are aligned to our Priority Goals are invited to submit an application through our annual Call for Proposals (CFP) process.

2022 Call for Proposals

United Way East Ontario will be launching the 2022 Call for Proposals process on January 18, 2022.

Non-profit organizations in Ottawa, Renfrew County, Lanark County, and the United Counties of Prescott & Russell were invited to attend one of United Way East Ontario’s Investment Strategy and 2022 Call for Proposals information sessions which took place in November 2021.

Missed the information session? Read the 2022 Call For Proposals Information Session Presentation.

Important Dates and Deadlines
Agency Information Sessions
November 23-24, 2021
CFP Launch and Deadline
January 18, 2022 – February 25, 2022
Checklist and Sponsorship Deadline
February 18, 2022
Assessment Review
February 26 – April 1, 2022
Corporate Oversight Committee – Presentation of Recommendations for approval
Notification to Agencies
By May 2, 2022

Please note that agencies can apply for the same program in different locations. Following submission, these applications will be linked. For further information, please refer to the Call For Proposals 2022 Guidebook in your region:

Our Investment Guiding Principles are:

Invest resources where they are needed the most and where they will have the greatest impact.

  • Invest to make a measurable difference in the community.
  • Invest in a range of strategies to advance the priority goals including front line programs and services, convening, research and speaking up.
  • Invest in accordance with the evolution of the priority goals that reflect the needs of the community.
  • Invest to promote collaborative efforts to advance the priority goals.

Our Priority Goals:

United Way’s current Priority Goals for investment focus on specific issues that cut across disadvantaged populations to achieve community impact. To advance these priority goals, we invest for results in terms of people served, program outcomes and lives changed for the better.

These goals are designed to:

  • Address root causes or systemic issues
  • Offer rich opportunities to align the work with multiple community partners
  • Enable evidence-based approaches
  • Capitalize on community energy

Each Priority Goal is reviewed on a regular basis. The Priority Goal Review Process Framework was approved by our Community Services Cabinet. Through this process, the voices, expertise and experience from all parts of our community are leveraged to better inform our direction moving forward.  Stakeholders include task forces, volunteer committee, service providers and community stakeholders that continue to guide and contribute to not only shaping our goals but to achieving them.

Call for Proposals and Investment Opportunities

Across our region, we are investing where we can have the greatest opportunity to have a big impact and change lives. Find out more about our investment opportunities in each community and learn more about our Call for Proposal process and your eligibility.

The Call for Proposals is just one of the many ways United Way East Ontario invests. All investments are aligned to our Priority Goals. We also have:

  • Community Wide Initiatives – ex: EARN, Hire Immigrants Ottawa – HIO, Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative
  • Targeted Community Investments – donor driven, ex. Enhanced Homework Clubs
  • Strategic investment – ex. 2-1-1
  • Community Action Grants – ex. Hard Hat Heroes (PCL) and spark Community Action Grants
  • Testamentary Funds – undesignated funds bequeathed to United Way managed by our Community Services Cabinets. These are one time investments.