United Way Fraser Valley has grants available

Grants for programs focusing on reducing poverty, reducing homelessness or ensuring the success of children six years old and under

The United Way Fraser Valley has $90,000 available in grants for programs focusing on reducing poverty, reducing homelessness or ensuring the success of children six years old and under.

Funding will be distributed in April 2014. Any charitable organization in the Fraser Valley may apply for a grant to address one of those issues.

To be eligible, programs or projects must be preventive and be for a new project, the expansion of a program or to continue a currently funded program.

The application deadline is 4 p.m. on Nov. 15.

Applications for grants are available online at uwfv.bc.ca under “What We Do.”

In April of this year, priority grants were distributed to 14 local organizations for 15 different projects in the Fraser Valley.

Funded projects mostly focus on skills development, including for youth  to maintain housing and for single mothers to assist with employment opportunities.

The Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley received two grants.

One provided funding for services to assist women in securing safe permanent housing.

The second provided group and individual counselling for women after experiencing trauma and violence in their lives or who are currently staying in one of their five housing programs.

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