Community Investment Initiative — Call For Proposals

USJE would like to partner with a community organization to fund a project that improves public safety.

Whether it be to help at-risk populations with access to housing, or to increase worker solidarity, or to improve community supports, we are asking for your ideas!

Calling all ideas and proposals!

There are many ways local projects can benefit our community. Is there an initiative, campaign or community program that you would like to see in your area?

The mandate of the Community Investment Initiative lists six areas that USJE considers a priority for funding. If your proposal addresses one of these areas, then your proposal would qualify for consideration.

The mission and mandate of the Community Investment Initiative can be found here

To apply, please liaise with a local community organization and fill out this application form.

Please submit your application form no later than July 5, 2024.

Past initiatives

In 2020 USJE awarded funding to four community groups across the country that were supporting vulnerable populations — Miramichi Youth House in New Brunswick; The Youth Diversion Program in Kingston, Ontario; Bear Clan Patrol in Winnipeg; and Yale First Nation in Hope, BC. 

In 2022, USJE selected five more great community projects to invest in — Prison Fellowship Canada in Quebec; Turning Leaf Community Support Services in Winnipeg; Children North Early Childhood Intervention Program in Saskatchewan; Le Parados in Montreal (for second-stage housing for women and children); and the Town of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan’s Community Pool.

You can find out more about these wonderful initiatives here:
2020 Projects
2022 Projects

Why are we doing this?

Because keeping each other safe is a priority of ours and the rest of our membership, not just in our work, but in our day-to-day lives. Our collective wellbeing, that’s the essence of community.

Our union will always consider you, our members, as the top priority for the organization — that will never change. The Community Investment Initiative goes a step beyond that. Beyond taking care of you and your rights at work, we want to help the communities you live in to remain strong and stay safe.

So bring your ideas and enthusiasm to the table, and help make a difference where you live!