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Grants to Ontario Nonprofits for Programs that Benefit Disadvantaged Residents in Eligible Locations

Category One Funding

Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF)

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #163799

Grant Description

Grants of up to $30,000 to Ontario nonprofit organizations for programs that benefit disadvantaged residents in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support social service projects in the areas of well-being, safety, and health. Funds must benefit the residents of the Halton Region, which includes the city of Burlington and the towns of Oakville, Milton, and Halton Hills.

The HRCIF enhances the health, safety and well-being of Halton residents through funding to nonprofit human service programs and initiatives. The HRCIF is part of Halton’s approach to community safety and well-being (CSWB) planning and supports a holistic response to human service needs. To be considered for funding, programs and initiatives must:

  • Meet all eligibility criteria outlined in the funding guidelines.
  • Support populations that are vulnerable to negative health or social outcomes (i.e., achieve a community health or social services objective).
  • Ensure equitable and inclusive service delivery to support diverse, equity-seeking or marginalized populations in Halton.
  • 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.

The HRCIF encourages collaborative applications that demonstrate a coordinated, integrated or collective impact approach to meet community needs.

HRCIF applicants must ensure all public health guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be followed in the delivery of programs and initiatives. 

Category One: Category One will support short-term, small capital and/or innovative projects, including piloting a new program, developing an innovative approach to service delivery, program improvements and/or capital items/equipment to improve service delivery.

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 following CSWB planning framework. The framework highlights four key areas that work together to make communities safer and healthier, including:

  • Social development to improve the social determinants of health (the things that make people healthy) and reduce the probability of harm and victimization;
  • Prevention to proactively implement programs to reduce risks to community safety and well-being before they result in crime, victimization and / or harm;
  • Risk intervention to prevent an incident from occurring while reducing the need for incident response; and
  • Emergency response for immediate and reactionary responses that involve a sense of urgency.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- Incorporated as a non-profit organization (with or without charitable status) OR unincorporated community organizations may apply under the sponsorship of a registered charitable organization that meets all eligibility criteria.
- Governed by a volunteer board of directors that is democratically elected, active, with a minimum of three members not related by blood or marriage.
- Financial Statements must be provided for the most recent fiscal year end, which must include comparative information for the prior fiscal year
- The program/initiative for which funds are requested must:
Have a clear human service objective (i.e., social services, community health).
Impact the health, safety or well-being of populations that are vulnerable (or at risk of becoming vulnerable) to negative health or social outcomes. This includes programs/initiatives that work upstream to prevent vulnerability.
- Provide services to Halton residents. Applicants that are not located in Halton will be considered only if the request is focused solely on providing services to Halton residents
- Follow all public health guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the delivery of programs and initiatives.

For more information on Eligibility Criteria, 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 non-profit 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 information on ineligible requests, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

New and returning community organizations interested in applying for HRCIF Initial Intake funding for 2023 are encouraged to attend a virtual information session to learn more about the Fund and the application process.

Information sessions will be held on:

Session 1: Friday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to noon
Session 2: Wednesday, September 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Session 3: Tuesday, October 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.


Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Initial Intake deadline for Category Two Grants: Tuesday, November 1, 2022 by 2 p.m.
- Funding decisions will be communicated in April 2023.
- It is anticipated that agreements will be issued to applicants approved for funding through the Initial Intake process by May 2023.
Note: Dates are subject to change at the discretion of Halton Region.

Applications will also be accepted in 2023 to respond to community needs, including issues identified
through Halton’s CSWB initiative.

Applications for funding must be completed using the ‘Application for 2023 Funding: Category One
Continuing Intake’ fillable PDF form. Applications and attachments must be submitted online.

Applicants will receive an email confirmation that their application has been successfully submitted. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 24 hours, it is the responsibility of the applicant to contact a member of the Human Services Planning and Investment team.

If you require application information in an alternate format or through communication support, or if you require assistance to complete the application, please contact a member of the Human Services Planning and Investment team.

If you are submitting more than one application, each submission should be uploaded separately.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grants are up to $30,000.

- If the total budget of the program/initiative exceeds the $30,000 maximum request amount available through Category One, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that funds to offset the full cost of the program/initiative are available or have been secured.

Term of Contract:

Grants are for one year.

Contact Information:

To apply online:

If you are unable to complete the online application form, please email or call 311 for assistance.

Applicants that have questions are invited to contact a member of the Human Services Planning and Investment team in the Social and Community Services Department:
- Harmeet Sandhu, Community Partnerships Analyst -
- Daniel Ridsdale, Community Partnerships Analyst -
- Call 905-825-6000 for assistance (toll free 1-866-442-5866).

HRCIF - Halton Region
1151 Bronte Road
Oakville, Ontario, L6M 3L1
TTY: 905-827-9833

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