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Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy

Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
Indigenous Organizations, and Individuals to Address Homelessness

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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

Conf. Date:

07/08/21

Deadline Date:

07/23/21 4:00 PM Pacific Time

Description:

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Grants to British Columbia nonprofit and for-profit organizations, municipal governments, Indigenous councils and organizations, individuals, research organizations, educational and public health institutions to address homelessness in eligible locations. Preference will be given to projects that can clearly demonstrate a reduction in homelessness/houselessness, strong community support, and leveraging of support through partnerships. Priority will also be given to projects addressing Indigenous persons’ needs. The location of services must be in the Cowichan Region, City of Duncan, and/or City of Nanaimo.

There are two streams of funding for the Cowichan Region, the City of Duncan (including pre-existing extensions beyond boundaries), and the City of Nanaimo areas:  Indigenous Homelessness (off Nation) and Designated Community (includes on Nation).

  • Cowichan Region: Designated funding stream only. OnNation projects are eligible to apply for Designated funds.
  • City of Duncan: Indigenous (off-Nation) funding stream only; preference will be given to Indigenous-led organizations or partnerships involving Indigenous-led organizations. Specific agencies adjacent to the city limits have been granted special permission to apply within this category.
  • City of Nanaimo, including Snuneymuxw Nation: Both Designated and Indigenous streams are available

Funding Streams: 

  • Designated Communities: providing funding to organizations that help support people experiencing homelessness and working to reduce homelessness, including on Nation otherwise known as on Reserve. 
  • Indigenous Homelessness: providing funding to organizations that offer supports to meet the unique needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, off Nation otherwise known as off Reserve.

Reaching Home projects will address one or more of the following:  

  • Housing Services that lead to an individual or family transitioning into more stable housing that has been deemed appropriate and safe.
  • Prevention and Shelter Diversion includes activities aimed at preventing homelessness by supporting individuals and families at imminent risk of homelessness before a crisis occurs.
  • Client Support Services include individualized services to help improve integration and connectedness to support structures, such as the provision of basic needs and clinical/treatment, as well as economic/social & community integration services.
  • Coordination of Resources and Data Collection activities that enhance understanding of local homelessness issues and help support decision-making and longer-term planning.

Where feasible, preference will be given to Indigenous organizations to deliver projects specifically targeting off Nation Indigenous people experiencing or at-risk for houselessness. 

For eligible activities, see https://uwcnvigrants.ca/2021/rh/docs/6/2021%20ReachHome_Appl-Guide%20Final.pdf#page=5.

For eligible costs, see https://uwcnvigrants.ca/2021/rh/docs/6/2021%20ReachHome_Appl-Guide%20Final.pdf#page=10.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192624

Estimated Size of Grant:

City of Nanaimo
- Designated Communities: $647,220 allocated to Nanaimo, Designated Communities stream; No ceiling on application amounts
- Indigenous Homelessness: $448,546 allocated to Nanaimo, Indigenous Homelessness stream; No ceiling on application amounts

Cowichan Valley
- Designated Communities: $590,987 allocated to Cowichan Valley, Designated Communities stream; Agencies can apply for up to $75,000

City of Duncan
- Indigenous Homelessness: $400,000 allocated to Duncan, Indigenous Homelessness stream; No ceiling on application amounts

Term of Contract:

Funding under this competition is available to support projects between September 15, 2021 and March 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Not-for-profit organizations; individuals; municipal governments; for-profit enterprises; research organizations and institutes; public health and educational institutions; band/tribal councils; and other Indigenous organizations are eligible to receiving funding and act as coordinators for activities.

Where feasible, preference will be given to Indigenous organizations to deliver projects specifically targeting off Nation Indigenous people experiencing or at-risk for houselessness.

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 or identified local need. Individuals, for-profit enterprises and research organizations and institutes may also receive funding to carry out research that aims to help communities understand and address homelessness issues.

Ineligible activities include:
- Local research other than the data collection activities described under "eligible activities."
- Information gathered or refocused primarily for the purpose of advocacy, public education or awareness.

Ineligible expenses: Capital expenses for purchase or renovation of shelter facilities are not eligible in this competition. Other ineligible expenses include international travel costs, purchase of alcoholic beverages, payment to Community Advisory Board members for their time to attend CAB meetings, and costs associated with traffic fines and penalties.

Pre-Application Information:

The completed application for funding must be submitted before the closing date: Friday July 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Pacific time).
- Applications open July 5, 2021
- Applications close July 23, 2021
- Funding for programs running September 2021 to March 31, 2022

Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy Directives: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/homelessness/directives.html

Contact Information:

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

Application: https://uwcnvigrants.ca/2021/rh/

Contact for questions related to the program requirements: Julie Rushton, ciio@uwcnvi.ca or Terra Kaethler, terrak@uwbc.ca.

If you experience technical issues, please contact support@next-solutions.ca

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia: Cowichan region, the City of Duncan (including pre-existing extensions beyond boundaries), and the City of Nanaimo (including Snuneymuxw Nation);

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