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Category One: One-Year Grants

Grants to Halton, Ontario Nonprofits and Community Organizations
for Social Service Programs that Benefit Vulnerable Residents

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Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF)

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Deadline Date:

11/01/19 2:00 PM - Receipt


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Ontario nonprofit, charitable, and unincorporated community organizations for health and social service programs that benefit vulnerable residents of Halton. Funding is intended for innovative, one-year, small capital projects that align with the following areas of focus: health, safety, and well-being. Funding requests may include piloting a new program, developing an innovative approach to service delivery, program improvements, and capital items/equipment required to implement and deliver the program or initiative.

Applications for HRCIF funding must focus on supporting residents who are vulnerable to negative health and social outcomes. The HRCIF encourages proposals that demonstrate collaborative approaches to address community needs. To be considered for Category One (one-year) funding, programs and initiatives must demonstrate an impact on one or more of the following Community Safety and Well-Being Objectives:

  • Health: A community where everyone is supported to reach both physical and mental well-being
  • Safety: A community where everyone can go about their daily activities without risk or fear of harm
  • Well-being: A community where everyone is connected and engaged with a vibrant, healthy environment and strong social supports

Requests should be focused on achieving a defined impact, including measureable objectives and a clear evaluation plan. The need for the program or initiative should be supported by program, population or community data.

In addition to achieving impact on one (or more) of Halton’s CSWB objectives, applicants are asked to demonstrate where the proposal fits within the CSWB Planning Framework. The Framework outlines four zones of CSWB planning to ensure a holistic response to community needs: Social Development, Prevention, Risk Intervention, and Incident Response. Proposals may fit into one or more zone.

For additional information, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163799

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $30,000

Term of Contract:

One year. Funding is intended for the June 1 – May 31 period for each year of the request.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit, charitable and unincorporated community organizations may apply.

Note: Eligible applicants seeking funding for food security programs and initiatives (previously Category Three) are invited to apply to Category One and/or Category Two.

The HRCIF encourages collaborative applications that demonstrate a coordinated or integrated approach to community needs. Applicants that act as the lead on a collaborative proposal may also submit a separate proposal for their organization. Please contact HRCIF staff to determine if this applies to your organization’s funding request.

Organizations in receipt of current HRCIF grants are eligible to apply for new 2020 funding. This can include funding requests to expand a currently funded program. If approved, the applicant must be in compliance with the accountability requirements of the current grant(s) to receive new 2020 funding.

For additional eligibility information, see:

Requests for funding will not be considered from:
- Individuals
- For-profit organizations (for-profit organizations may partner with non-profits if the non-profit is the demonstrated program lead)
- Governments, hospitals, libraries, school boards, police services, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, local economic development agencies affiliated with a municipality and recreational/senior centres directly supported by a municipality. Eligible non-profits may apply in partnership with these organizations if the nonprofit is the demonstrated program lead
- Organizations that exist primarily to raise funds or primarily as a funder of other organizations (applications may be accepted if the organization has a clear programmatic focus and track record of program/project delivery)
- Organizations that have a purpose related to political activity as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency
- Organizations that require participation in religious activities as condition of service
- Organizations that have practices or activities that could be deemed
discriminatory as defined by the Ontario Human Rights Code

For a list of requests that will not be considered, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Community organizations interested in applying for HRCIF funding are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the Fund, the application process and through networking, explore collaborative opportunities with other community partners. Each information session will address both funding categories.

The first information session will be held on:
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Milton Sports Centre
605 Santa Maria Boulevard

The second information session will be held on:
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre
2302 Bridge Road

Please register by no later than 12:00 p.m. on the day prior to the session(s) you wish to attend.

Register here:

Or call the number in Contact Information.

Pre-Application Information:

The complete Category One application (authorized application form and required attachments) must be received by Halton Region by no later than the application deadline of 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.

Important Dates
- Application deadline for Category One Grants: Friday, November 1, 2019 by 2:00 p.m.
- Funding recommendations made to Regional Council in April, 2020
- Agreements issued to applicants approved for funding in May/June, 2020

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Register for Information Session: Call 311 (in Halton) or 1-866-442-5866 (toll-free).

Applicants that have questions are invited to contact:

Robin Garell, Senior Community Partnerships Analyst
Social and Community Services Department
905-825-6000 ext. 7851 (toll free: 1- 866-442-5866)

Carolyn McDougall, Community Partnerships Analyst
Social and Community Services Department
905-825-6000 ext. 7149 (toll free: 1- 866-442-5866)

Taylor Rathie, Community Partnerships Analyst
Social and Community Services Department
905-825-6000 ext. 7767 (toll free: 1-866-442-5866)

Halton Region
1151 Bronte Road
Oakville, Ontario, L6M 3L1

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