UCT’s local councils have been giving back to their communities by supporting and working with worthy causes and organizations within them for well over 100 years. Through these partnerships, councils assist large numbers of individuals on multiple levels and across a wide range of need, including helping individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues, seniors, homeless individuals, underprivileged children and families, and veterans, among others.
It is in this spirit of support that UCT Charities established the Bridges of Friendship Award, which grants two cash awards of up to $5,000 each annually to two local charitable organizations, one in Canada and the other in the U.S. These two organizations are to be chosen by the Bridges of Friendship Award committee from nominations of local charitable organizations submitted by UCT local councils that have worked with and supported them. The Canadian organization must be a registered charity and the U.S. organization a 501.c.3 nonprofit organization.
Each local council is entitled to one Bridges of Friendship Award nomination per year of a local charitable organization that operates, resides, and serves the people primarily within the local council’s own city, county, township, parish, etc. Nominations must be submitted in entirety using the approved nomination form only and are due at the UCT home office – not the Canadian office – by no later than April 1.