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

Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy

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United Way British Columbia

Conf. Date:

10/28/21

Deadline Date:

11/25/21 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, and educational and public health institutions to address homelessness in eligible regions. Preference will be given to Indigenous organizations to deliver projects specifically targeting off Nation Indigenous people experiencing or at-risk for houselessness. 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 and 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.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Reaching Home is 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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192624

Estimated Size of Grant:

City of Nanaimo
- Designated Communities: $554,322 allocated to Nanaimo, Designated Communities stream; No ceiling on application amounts
- Indigenous Homelessness: $217,924 allocated to Nanaimo, Indigenous Homelessness stream; No ceiling on application amounts

Cowichan Valley
- Designated Communities: $394,360 allocated to Cowichan Valley, Designated Communities stream

City of Duncan
- Indigenous Homelessness: $152,582 allocated to Duncan, Indigenous Homelessness stream; No ceiling on application amounts

Term of Contract:

Funding for programs running April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Reaching Home funding is open to a wide variety of organizations. These groups and more are eligible to receiving funding and act as coordinators for activities:

- Not-for-profit organizations;
- Individuals;
- Municipal governments;
- For-profit enterprises;
- Research organizations and institutes
- Public health and educational institutions
- Band/tribal councils;
- Indigenous organizations

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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Learn More! Attend an Information Session

- October 25, 2021 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
- October 28, 2021 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

To register for an information session, please email ReachingHome@uwbc.ca.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Applications open October 25, 2021
- Deadline Extension – due to the impacts of flooding in local communities, the RFP application deadline will be extended until November 25, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://uwcnvigrants.ca/2022/rh/

Questions related to this Request for Proposals can be directed to: ReachingHome@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 Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N4
Phone: 250-591-8731
Fax: 250-591-7340
Email: info@uwcnvi.ca

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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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