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Grants to Ontario Nonprofits for Health and Human Services Projects that Benefit Disadvantaged Residents in Eligible Locations

Category Two Funding

Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF)


Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #163800

Grant Description

Grants to Ontario nonprofit organizations for health and human service programs that benefit disadvantaged residents in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support impactful multiple-year projects in the areas of well-being, safety, and health. Funds may be used for new or currently existing initiatives, as well as for operational costs and capital equipment required for their implementation. Grants 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 demonstrate that all public health guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be followed in the delivery of programs and initiatives. 

Category Two: Provides up to three years of funding to human service programs and initiatives that enhance the health, safety and well-being of Halton residents. Category Two will support new or existing programs and initiatives. Funding requests can include operational costs and capital items/equipment required to implement and deliver the program/initiative or 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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Eligibility:

  • 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.
- Registered as a charity under the Income Tax Act.
- 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 pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic in the delivery of programs and initiatives.

For more information on Eligibility Criteria, see: https://www.halton.ca/getmedia/9418c7d2-b9ca-4544-96df-b8df039c2f2e/HRCIF-2023-Guidelines-Category-Two.aspx#page=7

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).
- Unincorporated community organizations or incorporated non-profits without charitable status (eligible registered charities may apply in partnership with these organizations if the registered charitable organization 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: https://www.halton.ca/getmedia/9418c7d2-b9ca-4544-96df-b8df039c2f2e/HRCIF-2023-Guidelines-Category-Two.aspx#page=9

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.

Register: https://www.halton.ca/For-Business/Halton-Region-Community-Investment-Fund-HRCIF/HRCIF-Virtual-Information-Session-Registration

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Initial Intake deadline for Category Two Grants: Tuesday, November 1, 2022 by 2p.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. Information about the Continuing Intake will be posted in January 2023

Applications for funding must be completed using the ‘Application for 2023 Funding: Category Two’ 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 a 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:

$2,100,000

Term of Contract:

Provides up to three years of funding.

Contact Information:

To apply online: https://www.halton.ca/For-Business/Halton-Region-Community-Investment-Fund-HRCIF/hrcif-submission-form

If you are unable to complete the online application form, please email accesshalton@halton.ca 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 - harmeet.sandhu@halton.ca
- Daniel Ridsdale, CommunityPartnerships Analyst - daniel.ridsdale@halton.ca
OR
- Call 905-825-6000 for assistance (toll free 1-866-442-5866)

HRCIF - Halton Region
1151 Bronte Road
Oakville, Ontario, L6M 3L1
1-866-442-5866
TTY: 905-827-9833

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