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Please note: The Strong Communities RFP is now closed. Thank you for your participation!

All applications received by service providers between June 1 and July 29, 2016 were reviewed by a panel consisting of United Way staff and community volunteers with sector expertise. All applicants were advised of the RFP results in November 2016.

Strong Communities RFP Results

United Way is pleased to announce that 60 programs administered by 41 agencies will see more than $10.6M in annual funding over the next five years as a result of the Strong Communities RFP. The funding process takes effect in 2017.

All investments allocated within the Strong Communities RFP focus on early intervention and prevention in one of the following priority areas: mental health issues, domestic violence, social exclusion, thriving neighbourhoods, and healing from intergenerational trauma (Natoo’si).

Strong Communities RFP Funding Allocated by Priority Area (%)

35% to mental health issues; 25% to social exclusion; 23% to domestic violence; 9% to thriving neighbourhoods; 8% to Natoo'si

Next Steps

Investment strategies for All That Kids Can Be and Poverty to Possibility will be launched in 2018. This timeline is driven by the need for alignment with United Way's 2018-2022 Strategic Plan and learning from the Strong Communities RFP.

The funding strategy, process, and timelines will be informed by conversations with agencies to build a partnership framework that reflects common outcomes and will serve as a guide to our funding strategies.

More information will be shared as this work evolves.

Five year funding commitments under the Strong Communities RFP

Service Provider Program(s)
Accessible Housing Residential Accessible Design
Alberta Seventh Step Social Inclusion
Alzheimer Society of Calgary Learning and Support Services
Between Friends Club recreation for people with disabilities Capacity Building
Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary YEAR
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society Refugee Claimants Transitioning into the Community
Community Support Program for Survivors of Torture
Calgary Chinese Community Services Association Integration and Civic Engagement
Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens Association Seniors Social Participation Program
Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Counselling Program
Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Crisis Intervention Services and Sexual Assault Response
Calgary Counselling Centre Family Violence Prevention Program
Improving Mental Health for Vulnerable Calgarians
Calgary Domestic Violence Collective Collective
Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association Family Conflict Program
New Friends and Neighborhoods Groups
My Community My Home
Calgary John Howard Society Community Re-Entry Support Program
Calgary Legal Guidance Sahwoo Mohkaak Tsi Ma Tass: Before Being Judged
Calgary Seniors Resource Centre Senior connect
Calgary Sexual Health Centre Society WiseGuyz
Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter Healthy Relationships Re-design
Men’s Counselling Prevention
Prosperous Family Healthy Relationships
Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary Region Building communities of mentally resilient individuals and caregivers
Carya Building Community Resilience in Bowness
Elder Abuse Support Program
The Way in Network
Community Mental Health Supports for Well-being
Urgent Family Caregiver Program
Catholic Family Service of Calgary, The Never Too Late
Violence Prevention- Louise Dean
Mental Health and Well-being Program
Cerebral Palsy Calgary Ability Network
Social Inclusion
Closer to Home Community Service Society Ee-des-spoom-ooh-soop
CUPS Calgary Urban Project Society Mobile Community Development Team
Deaf & Hear Alberta Mental Health Supports for Deaf and Those Living with Hearing Loss
Distress Centre Distress Centre Crisis Counselling Program
Elizabeth Fry Society Prison Community Outreach
Ethno Cultural Council of Calgary We all Belong
SHARE Healthy Relationships Program
Homefront Domestic Conflict Response Team
Immigrant Services Sustainable Neighbourhood Access Program
Linkages Society of Alberta Intergenerational Community Initiatives
North Rocky View Community Links Society Supporting Vulnerable Seniors
Ogden House Seniors Filling the Gap
Pathways Community Services Association Miskanawah
Renfrew Educational Services Society Family Support Program
Sagesse Informal Supports
LGBTQ Domestic Violence Capacity Building
Peer Support Groups
Schizophrenia Society of Alberta (Calgary Branch) Family Support Program
Peer Support Outreach Program (combined with peer support/unsung heroes)
The Alex Community Health Centre The Seniors Space
Women in Need Society Family Resource Centres
Women’s Centre Building an Inclusive Women’s Community
Wood's Homes Eastside Family Centre and Community Resource Team
Whole Family Treatment Program - Phase II
YWCA of Calgary Impacting Domestic Violence


Resource Documents

RFP Guide

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Social Inclusion

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Mental Health

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Domestic Violence

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Theory of Change

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Funding available through United Way from the Red Cross

Applications are now open for grants from a new Emergency Community Fund being offered through United Way. Thanks to financial support from the Canadian Red Cross, the $1.2M fund will be administered through United Way of Calgary and Area and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.

Grants will be allocated to Edmonton and Calgary-based community agencies that have supported or continue to support people impacted by the 2016 Alberta wildfires.

Applications will be accepted for services provided between May 2016 and December 2017. Grants will be available through four funding streams:

  • Financial stabilization (e.g. basic needs, emergency funds, employment, career planning, retraining)
  • Mental health supports
  • Community building
  • Emergency preparedness

All Calgary area and Edmonton area programs are eligible, not just those currently funded by United Way.

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Contact information for questions and information

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You can also leave us a voicemail: 403-441-2268
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We encourage applicants with questions about the process to contact us to ensure we can provide timely answers.


Financial Coaching: Practical money management help in neighbourhoodsFinancial Coaches will work directly with individuals to assess, identify and improve their personal financial situation through debt management and financial skill building. This will ultimately help Calgarians measurably increase their net worth. Financial Coaching will be launched in June, 2016 at Bow Valley College.

Leading Partners:

United Way, Bow Valley College and Government of Alberta

Community of Practice:

Aspen Family and Community Network Society, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, Canadian Red Cross Society - Southern Alberta Region, Momentum, BowWest Community Resource Centre, Prospect Human Services Society, CUPS (Calgary Urban Projects Society)

For information on how to handle debt, visit Money Mentors or the Credit Counselling Society


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Basic Needs Assistance: Assist people facing emergencies such as eviction or disconnected utilitiesBasic Needs Assistance provides individuals facing financial crisis with a one-time grant to remedy an immediate need. In 2014 the program helped prevent over 1,000 Calgarians from being evicted or having their utilities disconnected. Basic Needs Assistance allows individuals experiencing financial stress due to sudden job loss or unexpected illness remain self-sufficient and prevents further worsening of their circumstances.

Leading Partners:

United Way of Calgary and Area

Community of Practice:

For more information on Basic Needs Assistance, visit:

CUPS (Calgary Urban Project Society),  Distress Centre Calgary, Canadian Red Cross Society - Southern Alberta RegionBowWest Community Resource Centre, Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre.






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Safe & Affordable Financial Products: Significantly reduce demand for payday loansThe lack of accessible loan products in Calgary means that individuals are forced to turn to high cost payday lenders, which can reinforce the cycle of poverty. United Way is working with community partners to develop micro-loan products with financial institutions to address this need through small, lower interest, short-term loans.

Leading Partners:

First Calgary Financial, Momentum, The City of Calgary, United Way of Calgary and Area

Community of Practice:

Vibrant Communities Calgary, Haskayne School of Business, Mennonite Central Committee Alberta, Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre, The City of Calgary, Momentum, 17th Avenue BRZ.

For information on alternatives to a payday loans, visit Cash Crunch Loan.


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