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Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy is a community-based program that aims to reduce homelessness through funding on the ground, local agencies whose goals support that of the National Housing Strategy.

UWCNVI has been the Community Entity (CE) for the Reaching Home initiative for more than five years; meaning we are the liaison for Federal Government funding and invest, with the recommendations from local CABs, in local organizations who help to end homelessness in Nanaimo and the Cowichan regions.

There are two types of funding:

  • Indigenous Homeless stream, provides funding through the CE, 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.
  • Designated Communities stream, provides funding through the CE, to organizations in appointed communities who help to support people experiencing and reducing homelessness.

REACHING HOME COVID-19 ECONOMIC RESPONSE PLAN
funded by the Government of Canada's Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy

 

See below for open grants, guidelines, eligibility, requirements and applications forms.

Reaching Home COVID-19 Economic Response Plan funding FAQ

 

 

 

COWICHAN AREA

COWICHAN DESIGNATED REACHING HOME 2020-2021

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island, in partnership with Tze Tza Watul the Cowichan Community Advisory Board (CAB), is pleased to open applications for funding under Designated Reaching Home for Cowichan.

 

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FUNDING PRIORITIES

The objective of this funding is to support organizations who directly support the needs of those experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.  Preference will be given to organizations providing services within rural areas of Cowichan.

https://www/canada/ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/homelessness/directives.html/

 

The funding can be directed to one or more of the following areas

1. Housing Services

2. Prevention & Shelter Diversion

3. Health & Medical Services

4. Client Support Service              

5. Capital Investments

6. Coordination of Resources & Data Collection

 

FUNDING AVAILABLE

$140,000 is currently available for the Cowichan region to support organizations in the homeless-serving sector. We are seeking applications from the entire Cowichan region, with special emphasis on the outlying, more rural communities.

Guidelines

Eligible recipients for Designated Homelessness funding include: Not-for-profit organizations; Indigenous organizations (Indigenous organizations may include, but are not limited to, incorporated for-profit and not-for-profit Indigenous controlled organizations, Indigenous controlled unincorporated associations, Indian Act Bands, Tribal Councils and Indigenous self-government entities); and, Municipalities. For-profit organizations may be eligible for funding provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial.

All activities previously identified as eligible under the Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy Program Directive 1 continue to be eligible.

For the purpose of this application call, the Community Advisory Board (CAB) of Cowichan will consider applications from organizations providing services in the outlying rural communities followed by the larger communities.

Funding under this application call will be available to support projects from October 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021. In seeking to meet the immediate needs of applicants and to make funds available as quickly as possible, submissions will be accepted and reviewed until September 7, 2020.

We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

All funded projects are required to submit a final report 60 days after March 31, 2021 which will include:

  • Final financial report on budget and actual expenses
  • Final reports on project activities, service statistics and outcomes

Project detail reporting may be required, depending on the project. Specific reporting requirements will be outlined in funding agreements with successful organizations.

APPLICATION REVIEW:

All applications will be subject to a transparent and fair process of review and recommendation by the Community Advisory Board (CAB) to the Community Entity (CE) for final decision based on due diligence. The total number of projects funded and the amount of funding per project will be determined based on the review and due diligence of proposals received and the funding available.

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

In order to be considered for funding, please complete the following application and submit to ciio@uwcnvi.ca

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM HERE

All completed applications must be saved and submitted as a Word document saved with your organization name and date in the title of the file to be considered.

 

CLOSING DATE

Complete applications must be received by no later than September 7, 2020


QUESTIONS / INQUIRIES

Any questions pertaining to this call for applications may be directed to Julie Miller Rushton at ciio@uwcnvi.ca

 

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Nanaimo area

COVID-19 EMERGENCY  RESPONSE FUND

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI), as the Community Entity for the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition Community Advisory Board (CAB) in Nanaimo, is pleased to open applications for emergency funding under the Reaching Home COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support organizations in the homeless-serving sector responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This call is for both the Nanaimo Designated Community Stream and Nanaimo Indigenous Homelessness Stream.

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FUNDING AVAILABLE

$40,000 available for Emergency Response for Client Support Services to be administered by the UWCNVI.

  • $20,000 Designated Community Stream
  • $20,000 Indigenous Homelessness Stream

Emergency funding requests for up to $2000 will be accepted and must be directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic response and the human and material repercussions it generates. This application process is open on a rolling basis.

 

FUNDING PRIORITIES

The objective of this funding is to support organizations who are providing emergency basic needs services to those experiencing or at risk of homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic, through activities under Client Support Services (Section D) of the updated COVID-19 Reaching Home Directives, linked here. These are small grants to help support emergency response as needed.

Guidelines

Eligible recipients for Indigenous Homelessness funding include: Not-for-profit organizations; Indigenous organizations (Indigenous organizations may include, but are not limited to, incorporated for-profit and not-for-profit Indigenous controlled organizations, Indigenous controlled unincorporated associations, Indian Act Bands, Tribal Councils and Indigenous self-government entities); and, Municipalities.

For-profit organizations may be eligible for funding provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial. Eligible recipients for Designated Communities funding include: Not-for-profit organizations; Municipalities; Indigenous organizations (Indigenous organizations may include, but are not limited to, incorporated for-profit and not-for-profit Indigenous controlled organizations, Indigenous controlled unincorporated associations, Indian Act Bands, Tribal Councils and Indigenous self-government entities); and Public health and educational institutions. For-profit organizations may be eligible for funding provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial.

Client supports/Basic needs services

Client support services include individualized activities to help improve integration and connectedness to support structures, such as the provision of basic needs and treatment services. They may also include services to support the economic, social and cultural integration of individuals and families.

To reduce the potential for infection and transmission among people experiencing homelessness and those who work with them, communities may wish to use Reaching Home funds to, for example:

  • increase the frequency of cleaning with disinfectants in, for example, shelter facilities and high traffic areas
  • acquiring and/or providing shelter beds and physical barriers to be placed between beds
  • provide individuals moved off-site from a shelter with access to food and transportation, and
  • purchase personal hygiene products (for example., soaps), personal protection equipment (for example, gloves, masks, gowns, shoe covers), cleaning equipment and cleaning/disinfectant supplies

Any activities that would improve the ability of the community and service providers to respond to the risks posed by COVID-19 to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness will be considered.

Please see the Reaching Home Directives for more information on eligibility:

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/homelessness/directives.html

For the purpose of this application call, the Community Advisory Board of Nanaimo may consider applications from organizations providing COVID-19 response services in the Nanaimo area.

Funding under this application call will be available to support projects from July 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

All funded projects are required to submit a final report 60 days after March 31, 2021 which will include:

  • Final financial report on budget and actual expenses
  • Final reports on project activities, service statistics and outcomes
Project detail reporting may be required, depending on the project. Specific reporting requirements will be outlined in funding agreements with successful organizations.

 

Applications are open on a rolling basis, however, we recommend applying as soon as possible.

 

To discuss your organization’s eligibility the Emergency Response Fund for funding please contact impact@uwcnvi.ca

Download application form here

Download guidelines here

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