In 2012, United Way launched a new Investment Strategy. Within the context of Peel Region’s demographics and social changes, it was determined that a foundational focus on poverty as the connecting theme would provide strategic attention and depth to United Way’s investment strategy. Poverty is connected to many complicated social issues. United Way’s role through the investment strategy is to support specific approaches that move people out of poverty, provide opportunities that lead to an improved quality of life and prevent people from falling into poverty. Specifically, United Way is:
- Investing in children and youth to prevent poverty
- Investing in individuals vulnerable to falling into poverty
- Investing in individuals experiencing poverty.
In this new investment strategy, a specific recommendation was made to refresh the existing neighbourhood development strategy with a resident-led approach based on collaborative planning and investment.
To implement this recommendation, United Way is creating the Strong Neighbourhoods Project, with the goal to increase community integration, improve access to services and supports, and ensure equity and inclusion. This pilot project is based on best practices from the neighbourhood level work by United Ways located across Canada.
The purpose of this pilot project is to invest in strengthening neighborhoods in Peel by starting with one neighbourhood from each municipality. The pilot will follow a community development process and will include an evaluation of the process to create learnings for future neighbourhood development tactics and feed into development of a long-term Neighbourhood Development Strategy. This initiative can include support for resident engagement as well as agency programs that meet the needs of the neighbourhoods through a collaborative approach.
The deadline for all applications is Friday, October 25, 2013 at 4 p.m.
Application form and proposal submission
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