Investment Opportunities and Information

2015 Call for Proposals Process

United Way Ottawa's 2015 Call for Proposal is now open. 
Requests for Investment (RFI) will be accepted until December 15th, 2014 at 1 p.m. for seven of the ten Priority Goals. Please see the Call for Proposals webpage for more details. Applicant agencies invited to move to the second phase will be required to submit a full proposal in February 2015.
United Way Ottawa’s Board of Directors approved the reviewed priority goals for Agency Capacity Building, Mental Health & Addictions, Crisis Supports and Housing Supports. Information about the Priority Goals can be found at Investment Priorities.
These decisions and investment approach were discussed in greater detail during our Investment Framework and Call for Proposals Information Sessions (details below)
United Way Ottawa is currently recruiting volunteers to be Priority Goal Assessors (PGA) for the 2015 Call for Proposals. For more information, please see  Call for Proposal Assessor Recruitment and contact us by November 19th, 2014.

Investment Framework and Call for Proposals Information Sessions

Our Investment Framework and Call for Proposals Information Sessions were held November 5-13, 2014. Recent decisions and our investment approach were discussed in greater detail. All relevant information can be found on the website and the 2015 Call for Proposals Guidebook -Phase I - Request for Investment.

In an effort to offer a more comprehensive investment approach with a longer view for all, the following principles were communicated to the Board:
  • That a staggered approach by focus area would be applied for our future Call for Proposals process;
  • That the Priority Goal review and Investment cycles would be aligned; and
  • That extension of funding would be applied to existing funding agreements when appropriate as we align the two cycles. 
United Way Ottawa's Investment Guiding Principles are:
  • Invest Resources where they are needed the most and where they will have the greatest impact.
  • Invest to make a measurable difference in the community.
  • Invest in a range of strategies to advance the priority goals including front line programs and services, convening, research and speaking up.
  • Invest in accordance with the evoluntion of the priority goals that reflect the needs of the community.
  • Invest to promote collaborative efforts to advance the priority goals. 
The Call for Proposals is just one of the many ways United Way Ottawa invests. All investments are aligned to our Priority Goals. We also have: 
  • Community Wide Initiatives - ex: EARN, Hire Immigrants Ottawa - HIO, Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative
  • Targeted Community Investments - donor driven, ex. Enhanced Homework Clubs 
  • Strategic investment - ex. 2-1-1
  • Testamentary Funds - undesignated funds bequeathed to United Way managed by Community Services Cabinet. These are one time investments.

Proposal Writing Workshops

As in the previous Call for Proposals, United Way is offering proposal writing workshops.  Proposal writing is an essential skill for any non-profit organization seeking the support of funders. Although this workshop will be geared specifically to United Way’s proposal requirements, you will learn tips and techniques for writing effective proposals in general, enabling your organization to explore other funding opportunities. Registration for these workshops is now closed.
The workshops will include:
  • A brief overview of United Way’s Focus Areas and Priority Goals;
  • An outline of standard proposal content; 
  • An overview on how to develop program/project indicators; and
  • Hands-on proposal writing practice. 
Workshop Details:
PLEASE NOTE: Each session has a maximum capacity of 25 participants.  All English sessions are full.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014  1:00-4:00 French   BDO Boardroom
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - FULL 9:30-12:30 English   BDO Boardroom
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - FULL 1:30-4:30 English   BDO Boardroom
If you have any questions or register for a workshop and are not able to attend, please notify us at