Apply for Support

Applications for program funding in 2020-2021 are now OPEN.

Applications for the 2021-2022 funding year will be available on Jan. 31, 2021.

Note that United Way is not in the position to meet all recognized needs in the community. Funding will be allocated to areas of the greatest perceived community needs first. It is possible that an agency might meet expectations on all criteria and still not be awarded funding.

***Given the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, the United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta has extended the application deadline for 2020-2021 funding to April 30, 2020.

We acknowledge our role in supporting south western Alberta communities, and understand that your challenges may shift greatly in the coming weeks. We invite you to share news of this extension with the community and provide us with feedback so that our board of directors, committees, and staff can be mindful of your capacity and needs when discussing adjustments to our grant evaluation processes during this time.

The United Way office is temporarily closed as of March 18, 2020 in support of national, provincial, and local health authorities recommendations in combating COVID-19. Our staff are working from home until further notice, but are still available by email. Please don't hesitate to reach out.***

How to Apply for Support

  1. Ensure that your organization meet the United Way Support Guidelines, which are:
    • Your organization is a Registered Canadian Charity in good standing with CRA (Information about Charity/Non-Charity Partnerships)
    • Your organization provides human service programs which align with United Way's funding priorities
    • Your organization exists within the geographic area served by United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta. This area extends from the B.C. border to highway 36 up to and including Taber and Vauxhall, and from the U.S. border north to Claresholm.
  2. Download and complete the Application Package using the links below. You will only need Additional Section 3 if applying for funding to support more than one program.
  3. Submit your application on or before Thursday, April 30, 2020. Be sure to include all required supporting documents.

Do We Qualify?

The United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta does NOT fund:

• Services that are primarily religious or political in nature
• Organizations acting in the capacity of a funding body
• The arts (unless tied to social programming)
• Medical research
• Deficit Funding
• Capital costs (One-time expenses, the cost of which is needed to bring a project to a commercially operable status. ex: acquisition of land or buildings, construction projects, purchase of vehicles, facility maintenance, utility payments, office equipment)
• Wages and salaries (unless shown to be directly linked to a specific program’s delivery)
• Individuals

Please contact us if you have any questions or have difficulty accessing the forms. We will be happy to assist you!