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Halton Region Community Investment Fund


The Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF) enhances the health, safety and well-being of Halton residents. It provides funding to non-profit social service and community health programs and initiatives.The HRCIF also supports issues emerging from community safety and well-being planning. There are three categories providing over $2,300,000 in annual funding.

2019 Proposal Call Now Open

The HRCIF is now accepting funding applications for Categories One, Two and Three. Approximately $1,000,000 will be awarded in total for new grants in 2019. Please check back regularly as updates may be posted to this page throughout the proposal call process.

  • Category One (one-year grants):
    • Deadline for applications: December 14, 2018 at 2 p.m.
    • Provides funding to social service and community health programs aligned with HRCIF funding priorities (refer to Guidelines) for short-term, small capital and/or innovative projects
    • Grants are for one year and up to $30,000
    • Non-profit, charitable and unincorporated community organizations may apply
    • To apply, please thoroughly review the Category One Guidelines (PDF file) and complete the Application Form (Word file)
  • Category Two (multi-year grants):
    • Deadline for applications: December 14, 2018 at 2 p.m.
    • Provides funding to social service and community health programs aligned with HRCIF funding priorities (refer to Guidelines) for up to three years of program funding.
    • Applicants must be a registered charity to apply.
    • To apply, please thoroughly review the Category Two Guidelines (PDF file) and complete the Application Form (Word file)
  • Category Three (food security grants):
    • Deadline for applications: December 14, 2018 at 2 p.m.
    • Provides funding to programs that enhance food security.
    • Proposals that demonstrate a collaborative or innovative approach will be given priority.
    • Non-profit and/or charitable organizations may apply.
    • To apply, please thoroughly review the Category Three Guidelines (PDF file) and complete the Application Form (Word file)

Halton Region Community Investment Fund Information and Collaboration Sessions

Potential applicants are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the fund and the application process. A collaboration session will also be available for potential applicants to explore collaborative and/or innovative project opportunities with other community partners.

Information Sessions

Information sessions will address all categories of funding.

First Information Session - Register online

Second Information Session - Register online

Collaboration Session

There will be one collaboration session addressing all categories of funding. HRCIF encourages partnership initiatives that improve coordination and collaboration between organizations or collectively achieve impact within priority areas. A collaboration session includes conversations of themes in order to begin exploration of possible collaborative applications.

Collaboration Session - Register online

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions/answers and updates, including changes and clarifications will be posted on our website throughout the proposal call process. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check on a regular basis.

Question 1: The HRCIF has three categories of funding, including a specific category for food security programs. Which one(s) can I apply to?
Answer: Applicants that meet eligibility criteria may submit one application to each category of funding for which they qualify. Please note that all requests for projects/programs related to food security must proceed through Category Three. Applicants submitting food security related requests must have experience in the area of food security or partner with an organization that has a mandate to address food security.
Question 2: Can an organization that acts as a lead on a collaborative Category One, Two, or Three request submit a separate application for their own organization?
Answer: Yes, organizations that act as the lead on a collaborative project/program may submit a separate application for their own organization. This applies to each of Category One, Two and Three. Please contact HRCIF staff to determine if this applies to your request. Staff contact information is available in Section 1.10 of the Funding Guidelines.
Question 3: The Category One Guidelines indicate that an applicant may request up to $30,000. Is there a maximum request amount for Category Two and Three applicants?
Answer: There is no set maximum on requests in Categories Two or Three. A total of approximately $1,000,000 is available for new grants in all categories of funding in 2019.
Question 4: The Guidelines indicate that funding awarded through the 2019 HRCIF allocation process is intended for the period of June 1 to May 31. Our organization holds an HRCIF grant with a different funding period. We would like to apply for funding to expand the currently funded program. Will the difference in funding periods impact our ability to receive 2019 funding?
Answer: No, if your organization holds an HRCIF grant with a different funding period, and is awarded funding to continue/expand the program, HRCIF staff will work with the funding period of your current grant or another mutually agreed to funding period.
Question 5: Our organization currently holds a 2018 Category One grant. Are we eligible to apply for the same project/program for 2019?
Answer: Yes.
Question 6: Our organization currently holds a Category Two grant with a multi-year commitment. Are we eligible to apply for another Category Two grant?
Answer: Yes, organizations in receipt of current HRCIF grants (including a Category Two grant with a multi-year commitment) are eligible to apply for 2019 funding for a new or existing program. This can include funding requests to expand a currently funded program, including programs currently funded through Category Two of the HRCIF. If approved, the applicant must be in compliance with the accountability requirements of the current grant(s) in order to receive 2019 funding.
Question 7: The Category One Guidelines state that "small capital requests can include minor renovations (such as making an entrance way accessible for clients) and items/equipment that will enhance the ability of the organization/program to meet its objectives (such as computers at a youth centre to assist with job searching).” What does an applicant need to do if the capital item being requested exceeds the $30,000 maximum?
Answer: If the amount of a capital item being requested exceeds the $30,000 maximum under Category One, the applicant should demonstrate that funds to offset the full cost of the renovation/item are available or have been secured. Category One is not intended to allow for general contributions to large capital campaigns. However, if an organization is undertaking a large capital project, and there is a clearly defined capital item/renovation within the project, the HRCIF would consider supporting that portion of the project. When assessing these types of requests, Regional staff and the HRCIF Committee will determine the overall impact of the request, the relationship of the request to the larger capital project, and the likelihood that project will proceed during the funding period. Please also note that all capital projects must fit within the HRCIF funding priorities and must clearly address a social service or community health objective as stated in the 2019 Funding Guidelines.
Question 8: My faith organization would like to apply for a capital renovation through Category One. Is this request eligible?
Answer: Faith organizations such as a church, mosque or others, may submit an application for a capital renovation. Like all requests for small capital funding, the renovation must be directly linked to a clear community health or social services objective. The applicant must also demonstrate that the renovation will serve the broader community (for example, clearly enhances the organization's ability to provide social service or community health programming to the community).
Question 9: Will capital requests be considered under Category Three?
Answer: Yes, requests to Category Three can include direct program costs, program operations and capital renovations/equipment, as directly related to food security and the priorities stated in the 2019 Funding Guidelines.
Question 10: We are acting as the sponsor for an unincorporated community organization through Category One. Section 1.7 of the Category One Guidelines indicates that the sponsoring organization assumes responsibility for the grant, including fund administration. Please tell me more about sponsoring an application?
Answer: As identified in the Category One application form, the sponsor completes Section 1 of the application and is the authorizer in Section 5. The sponsor submits the documents required in Section 1.6 of the Category One Guidelines. Please include an attachment that provides additional information about the unincorporated community organization such as its mandate, when it was formed, number of members and more. If approved for funding, the sponsor is responsible for signing the funding agreement and administers the funds to the unincorporated community group and assumes insurance requirements. As noted in Section 1.7 of the Category One Guidelines, both sponsored and sponsoring organizations are strongly encouraged to contact an HRCIF representative staff to discuss the proposal.
Question 11: Our organization's head office is not located in Halton. Can we apply?
Answer: Yes, as long as the program for which funding is requested serves Halton residents. As stated in Section 1.7 of the Funding Guidelines “applicants that are not located in Halton may apply only if the request is focused on serving Halton residents. The applicant must demonstrate that funds would be used solely to provide services to Halton residents.”
Question 12: The Funding Guidelines indicate that "organizations that exist primarily to raise funds or primarily as a funder of other organizations" are not eligible for HRCIF funding. Will applications be accepted if the organization has a clear programmatic focus and track record of program/project delivery?
Answer: Organizations that exist primarily to raise funds (such as foundations and some service clubs), but also have a clear/established programmatic focus and demonstrated track-record of delivering services can apply for funding to support the delivery of their program/service. If awarded a grant, funds must be used solely for the program and cannot be used to support the organization's fundraising/granting activities.
Question 13: In the application form it asks if the organization has a religious affiliation. Can faith organizations that provide social service and/or community health programming to the community apply for funding?
Answer: Yes, faith organizations are eligible to apply for funding. The program for which funds are requested cannot require participation in the religious activities of the organization.
Question 14: The Category Three Guidelines indicate that applicants that address funding priorities through an approach that demonstrates elements of collaboration or innovation will be given priority. Why is this given priority?
Answer: There is a focus on collaboration and/or innovation in Category Three. As noted in the Category Three Guidelines, collaborative approaches can include initiatives that build new partnerships, strengthen existing partnerships or provide a coordinated approach to a food security issue. Innovative approaches can include new or enhanced ways to provide service, programs that build or expand upon a successful/proven model and/or propose a creative/more effective solution to meet needs. Programs that do not demonstrate elements of collaboration will still be considered if they address a demonstrated community need.
Question 15: The Category Three Guidelines indicate that organizations applying to Category Three must have experience in the area of food security or partner with an organization that has a mandate to address food security. What type(s) of experiences would satisfy this requirement?
Answer: Any experience providing food assistance/food security programming to Halton residents who have inadequate access to food would satisfy the eligibility requirement. Organizations that have other types of food security experiences may also qualify if the intent of the proposal is to support Halton residents that have inadequate access to food. Applicants may be assessed based on the depth of their experience with food security programming.
Question 16: The Category Three Funding Guidelines indicate that the program for which funds are requested must support Halton residents that have inadequate access to food. Does the program have to be widely available to the community or can it serve a targeted group of clients within an existing program?
Answer: Both types of funding requests will be considered.
Question 17: Once completed, can our organization email or drop off the funding application and attachments?
Answer: Only online submissions will be accepted. Applicants must use the Submit a Proposal button to upload their documents.