On May 22, 2019, Halton Regional Council approved more than $2.6 million in funding through the Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF). The funds, which are provided in one-year or multi-year grants, support community programs that address mental health; maintain housing and prevent homelessness; strengthen services to older adults, children and youth; improve food security; enhance safety and well-being; and support vulnerable residents.
A $200,000 portion of the HRCIF fund has been reserved for emerging community safety and well-being initiatives and will be allocated throughout 2019.
The HRCIF has grown in both size and impact, helping improve the quality of life for Halton residents. Since 2012, the amount of funding has tripled to more than $2.6 million. This year, 26 new grants will be given to community organizations, including:
- $548,854 to the Canadian Mental Health Association to provide mental health, addiction support and crisis intervention to clients living at or transitioning out of the Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter.
- $100,669 to the Halton Children’s Aid Society to implement a pilot project to enhance services to youth exiting the child welfare system.
- $117,380 to Acclaim Health to address loneliness and isolation for low income older adults.
- $72,000 to Halton Food for Thought to provide healthy meal cards for at-risk secondary school students.
In addition to the new grants, 29 programs will continue to receive funding as part of their second or third instalment of multi-year grants awarded in 2017 and 2018.
Some of these programs are showcased in the HRCIF Impact Report 2018 (PDF file). The report, now in its second year, profiles seven projects from 2018 and demonstrates HRCIF’s impact in the community.
The Region’s ongoing commitment to working with our community partners to support the health, safety and well-being of residents helps keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. To learn more about the HRCIF, visit halton.ca or call 311.