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Reaching Home (RH) Nanaimo Designated Community Funding Stream

Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits, Charities, Agencies, IHEs,
and Indigenous Groups to Address Needs in Eligible Communities

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United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) and Nanaimo Homeless Coalition (NHC)

Deadline Date:

10/16/20 4:00 PM PDT


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Grants to British Columbia charitable and nonprofit organizations, municipalities, research, health, and educational institutes, band/tribal councils; and other Indigenous organizations in eligible locations for programs that address homelessness, poverty, violence, and inequality in local communities. Funding is intended to support community organizations that work to reduce or prevent homelessness and help people who are experiencing social inequity. The successful applicant will be responsible for the initial development and implementation of an Integrated Coordinated Access (ICA) system for Nanaimo.

The NHC is working to implement a system that aims to incorporate services spanning the entire social sector in the city, beyond those that are specific to addressing housing and homelessness needs. A key aspect of this system will be integration, and full and equal partnerships, with First Nations and Indigenous organizations, to work together to address poverty, violence, and inequality in local communities. The implementation of this system, which will occur in the context of the newly adopted Health and Housing Action Plan (HHAP), is the focus of this program.

The successful applicant, working in conjunction with UWCNVI and the NHC, will be responsible to:

  • Lead the initial development and implementation of the ICA initiative for Nanaimo, including running day-to-day operations as well as the ongoing administration, development, and continuous improvement of ICA systematized triage process;
  • Work with community stakeholders to establish efficient policies and procedures for ICA; including the development and maintenance of a By-Name List.
  • Ensure authentic engagement with Indigenous Service Providers and Indigenous communities on the initial design and implementation of ICA.
  • Maintain and expand systems mapping to ensure a real-time inventory and analysis of the local assets is in place using the HelpSeeker platform;
  • Provide collaborative leadership and work to help lead systems change in Nanaimo by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with partner agencies and community stakeholders to realize positive outcomes for referrals and access to community services;
  • Provide training and technical assistance, coordinating, facilitating, and/or participating in meetings and calls as necessary to help remove barriers to Nanaimo’s social safety net.
  • Track data and complete reports as required on the progress of ICA
  • Promote a greater understanding of ICA and its components within the homeless-serving sector and other stakeholders 

For information about lead agency/position requirements, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192624

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $50,000

Term of Contract:

Five-month period: November 2, 2020 - March 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Charitable organizations; non-profit organizations; municipal governments; research organizations and institutes; public health and educational institutions; Band/tribal councils; and other Indigenous organizations are eligible to receive funding and act as coordinators for activities.

Preference will be given to Indigenous organizations to deliver projects, where feasible, in cases where a project’s objectives and activities specifically target off-reserve/settlement Indigenous people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. For non-Indigenous organizations, it is essential that they explain how they would effectively engage and integrate with Indigenous partners in culturally sensitive and appropriate ways and detail other vital considerations (e.g. current Indigenous representation on their staff).

For-profit enterprises are eligible for funding, provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial, does not generate profit, and fits within the community plan.

The Integrated Coordinated Access Lead Agency has previous frontline experience in the community and/or public sector and a keen interest in how a well-designed system leads to better outcomes for individuals and families. The ideal candidate will enjoy the opportunities and challenges of supporting a purpose-built Integrated Coordinated Access system to make Nanaimo the next community in Canada to end homelessness.

Pre-Application Information:

The submission deadline is Monday, October 16, 2020, at 4:00 PM PDT.

The deadline for inquiries is noon on the deadline date.

- Application intake: September 28 - October 16
- Application review: October 19 - 23
- Decision making: Approx. October 26 - 29
- CE Due Diligence: Approx. October 30 - November 2
- Funding agreements and project start-ups: Approx. November 2 - 6, 2020

For the purpose of this Call for Proposals, identification of matching funds is optional. If matching funds are available, please indicate the details on Form B1 Budget.

Matching Contributions: Reaching Home encourages cost-matching partnerships. Applicants with contributing partners to a project (cash or in-kind) are required to submit letters confirming the nature and the amount of each partner's commitment and indicate the contribution on the budget template.

Additional information:

Contact Information:

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

Please submit all applications and direct questions to:
Terra Kaether, Community Impact Officer

Please use the subject line “Attention: Integrated Coordinated Access CFP Submission - [Your Organization’s Name]” when you submit.

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island
Office: 250-591-8731
Cell: 250-619-2287

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia: Nanaimo ;

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