United Way releases record grant funding

The Fraser Valley agency has $139,000 available to organizations addressing poverty, homelessness and young children.

The United Way of the Fraser Valley has announced it has a record amount of grant money available to organizations addressing the issues of poverty, homelessness and the success of children up to six years old.

The agency will provide $139,000 this year. This compares to just over $30,000 four years ago, said executive director Wayne Green.

He said the increased amount is due to some successful fundraising campaigns that have enabled the United Way to reduce its costs. Last year, the grants helped fund two youth housing initiatives – Autumn House and Cyrus Centre. The deadline for grant applications this year is Nov. 15.

For more information, visit uwfv.bc.ca or call 604-852-1234.