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Reaching Home

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

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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United Way British Columbia

Conf. Date:

07/08/21

Deadline Date:

07/23/21 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to British Columbia nonprofit, for-profit, and Indigenous organizations, governments, individuals, and public health and educational institutions to address homelessness in eligible regions. Funding areas of interest include data collection, housing services, client support services, and prevention and shelter diversion. Eligible project activities must take place in the Cowichan region, the City of Duncan (including pre-existing extensions beyond boundaries), and/or the City of Nanaimo.

The Government of Canada's Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy, is a federal program that aims to prevent and reduce homelessness. It provides funding to communities large and small across the country and puts decision-making in the hands of local stakeholders and service providers. 

Reaching Home is funding a range of services, including:

  • Providing housing
  • Helping people to keep their homes thereby preventing homelessness
  • Connecting people in need to things like medical supports, or helping them apply to resources like employment insurance
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s also funding service providers to adapt to new health requirements and continue providing services, as well as supplying the homeless with masks, hand sanitizer and temporary housing in which to isolate. 

The next intake of applications for Reaching Home funding is fast approaching. 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). Where feasible, preference will be given to Indigenous organizations to deliver projects specifically targeting off Nation Indigenous people experiencing or at-risk for houselessness.

  • 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.

For a list of eligible activities, see: https://www.uwcnvi.ca/application/files/2316/2508/9707/2021_ReachHome_Appl-Guide_Final.pdf#page=5

For a list of eligible costs, see: https://www.uwcnvi.ca/application/files/2316/2508/9707/2021_ReachHome_Appl-Guide_Final.pdf#page=10

Budget

  • 85% or more of the total funding request must be dedicated to direct project funding and service provision
  • Your project budget can include up to 15 per cent (15%) of the total administrative costs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197228

Number of Grants:

The total number of projects funded and the amount of funding per project will be determined based on the number of quality proposals received.

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 for programs running September 2021 to 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.

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.

In order to be eligible for 2021 Reaching Home funding, the project activities must take place in the Cowichan region, the City of Duncan (including pre-existing extensions beyond boundaries), and/or the City of Nanaimo.

- Cowichan Region: Designated funding stream only, with a maximum grant amount of $75,000. 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.

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-proposal Conference:

To learn more about REaching Home and the application process, join the virtual information sessions:

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84030777749

Thursday, July 8, 2021
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86389305929

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Applications open July 5, 2021
- Applications close July 23, 2021 at 4:00 PM
- Funding for programs running September 2021 to March 31, 2022

The Reaching Home funding stream does not require cost-matching, but partnerships are strongly encouraged and will be given preference.

Indigenous Homelessness: http://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/homeless/homeless-indigenous.html

Designated Community: http://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/homeless/homeless-designated-communities.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

Questions related to this Request for Proposals can be directed to:
Julie Rushton: julier@uwbc.ca
Terra Kaethler: terrak@uwbc.ca

If you experience technical issues with the online application portal, please contact
support@next-solutions.ca

United Way British Columbia
#9 - 327 Prideaux St
Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N4

Phone: 250-591-8731
Email: info@uwcnvi.ca

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Geographic Focus:

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

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