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Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF)

 

The Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF) supports non-profit human service programs that enhance the health, safety and well-being of Halton residents. The HRCIF provides $3.5 million in annual funding.

The Fund provides one-year and multi-year grants to programs and initiatives through two categories of funding. Applications for HRCIF funding must focus on supporting residents who are vulnerable to negative health and social outcomes. The HRCIF encourages proposals that demonstrate collaborative approaches to address community needs.

2021 HRCIF Funding

The HRCIF is part of Halton’s approach to community safety and well-being planning and supports a holistic response to human service needs. Approximately $200,000 is available to fund new programs and initiatives in 2021. Updated information about funds remaining in 2021 will be provided on this page.

An initial intake of funding applications for 2021 HRCIF funding has closed. Additional HRCIF applications are now being accepted to respond to community needs. This includes assisting agencies to meet the needs of vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing needs identified through the Halton Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) planning initiative, and supporting other emergent requests that strengthen the health, safety and well-being of Halton residents.

Applications will be accepted until all available HRCIF funding has been allocated. Please note that funding decisions will be made approximately every other month.
 

Ongoing intake is now open.

Category One

  • Provides funding to human service programs and initiatives that enhance the health, safety and well-being of Halton residents 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

  • Provides up to three years of funding to human service programs and initiatives that enhance the health, safety and well-being of Halton residents
  • 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).

Submit an application

  • If you are submitting more than one application, each submission should be uploaded separately.
  • If you are unable to complete the online application form, please email accesshalton@halton.ca or call 311 for assistance.

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Currently Funded Programs/Initiatives

Halton Region continues to make investments in programs and services that are supporting vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following community programs and initiatives will receive HRCIF funding.

In 2020, Halton Region made investments in programs and services that supported vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding was provided through the HRCIF and through Provincial and Federal initiatives. In addition to the following programs and initiatives that received HRCIF funding, please visit the COVID-19 Social and Community Supports webpage for a list of local community programs and services that were funded through Provincial and Federal initiatives.

  • AbleLiving Services Inc. (external link)
    • $160,594 to provide health and social services for older adults and facilitate and support hospital to home transitions through the Burlington Community Wellness Hub (PACE model).  
  • Achēv (external link)
    • $9,077 to provide a range of supports to newcomer women including settlement, employment workshops and wellness activities. The program is being delivered virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Ample Labs (external link)
    • $7,446 to support implementation of the Chalmers app, a chat-bot that supports vulnerable populations to access information about crisis-based services. Funding is also being provided by the United Way of Halton & Hamilton.
  • Acclaim Health and Community Care Services (external link)
    • $67,937 to address isolation and provide strategies to support well-being among older adults at-risk.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton (external link)
    • $15,000 to support virtual matching opportunities for Halton youth on the agency’s waitlist.
  • Camelot Centre Adult Day Program Inc. (external link)
    • $6,000 to purchase specialized chairs and equipment to support day program clients with developmental disabilities.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA): Halton Region Branch (external link)
    • $109,508 to work collaboratively with the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) to support vulnerable households through service navigation and mental health support. The grant will also support CMHA to co-facilitate the Halton Situation Table with the HRPS.
    • $29,869 to provide free, walk-in counselling for residents 16 years old and older. Programming provided virtually during COVID-19.
    • $39,773 to enhance a program providing one-on-one mental health and addictions support, crisis intervention and after-care support for individuals receiving shelter. This funding is in addition to a multi-year HRCIF grant the program is receiving.
  • Capability Support Services Inc. (external link)
    • $30,000 to add three additional supportive housing units to serve medically-stable clients that have been residing in hospital for extended periods of time.
  • Central West Specialized Developmental Services (external link)
    • $70,598 to develop a Halton model for supporting children and youth with both a mental health and developmental diagnosis (dual diagnosis). This is a collaborative project from a Community Safety and Well-Being Action Table.
  • Community Development Halton (external link)
    • $88,183 to provide backbone support to a Community Safety and Well-Being Action Table to identify and support older adults who are isolated or at-risk of isolation.
  • Distress Centre Halton (external link)  
    • $15,500 to provide Telecheck, a free outbound call support service to help Halton residents who struggling with isolation and mental or health issues by keeping them connected and ensuring their safety and well-being.
  • Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel-Halton (external link)
    • $78,067 to hire a female mobile support case worker who will work collaboratively with Halton Regional Police Service to provide a continuum of care for victims of human trafficking.
  • Food4Kids Halton (external link)
    • $29,465 to provide grocery cards to food insecure families during the summer months.
  • Food for Life (external link)
    • $113,500 to expand food access points, outreach programming and provide refrigerators the community can access in Milton and Halton Hills.
    • $30,000 to deliver food and other essentials to vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. This in addition to more than $73,406 provided through provincial funding for this program during the first wave of the pandemic.
  • Halton Food for Thought (external link)  
    • $21,905 to provide non-perishable food items to students throughout the school year.
  • Halton Multicultural Council (external link)
    • $46,034 to assist newcomers and refugees who are in or at-risk of a crisis and facilitate access to community supports.
  • Halton-Peel Community Aphasia Programs (external link)
    • $2,700 to increase direct social work supports for clients who are unable to participate in virtual programming.
  • Links2Care (external link) 
    • $55,270 to provide system navigation and support to homeless and at-risk populations to access the health care system. Funding through the HRCIF builds on an initial investment of $52,200 through provincial funding. The initiative is in partnership with a Community Safety and Well-Being Action Table that is supporting coordinated access to services for residents who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.
    • $46,667 to extend an initiative providing supports to older adults who are isolated or at risk of isolation in coordination with a Community Safety and Well-Being Action Table on reducing isolation among older adults.
  • Literacy South Halton (external link) 
    • $3,796 to purchase laptops that will help enable virtual service delivery.
  • March of Dimes Canada (external link)
    • $10,450 to provide peer-to-peer support between March of Dimes volunteers and stroke survivors while in hospital.
  • Nelson Youth Centres (external link)
    • $90,000 to provide clinical mental health supports to youth in Halton Hills and family therapy for high school age youth.
  • Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre (OPNC) (external link)
    • $46,000 as the lead in a collaborative request to provide supports and system navigation to residents in the Churchill area of Oakville.
    • $11,604 to repair the agency’s front porch and make related improvements (food bank services are being provided on the porch during COVID-19).
  • Oakville & Milton Humane Society (external link)
    • $30,000 to provide shelter and veterinarian care to animals when their owners need to access emergency services such as a hospital, a homeless shelter and/or are fleeing domestic violence (Families in Transition program).
  • Oakville Meals on Wheels (external link)
    • $28,625 to support program operations and address isolation among older adults
    • $20,000 to subsidize meals for clients with low incomes in response to increased needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Peel Halton Dufferin Acquired Brain Injury Services (external link)
    • $15,015 to replace windows in an assisted living home that supports individuals with an acquired brain injury.
  • Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) of Halton (external link)
    • $11,720 to implement a new phone system to accommodate the increase in counselling and crisis support calls.
  • Shifra Homes Inc. (external link)
    • $17,488 to provide access to healthy nutritious food while supporting life skills for young pregnant women.
    • $48,626 for the Residential & Seeds of Hope Programs that provide supports to young pregnant women at Shifra Homes including mental health programming and operational costs.
  • Support House (external link)
    • $84,000 to provide intensive case management at the agency’s Grace House and Chartwell Residence and support transitions to and from partner programs.
  • St. Christopher’s Anglican Church (external link) 
    • $29,970 to support a modified delivery of the Open Doors program including takeout meals, activity kits for children with special needs and a virtual program to connect parents.
  • Syyidah Centre – Milton Halal Food Bank (external link)
    • $27,000 to support operational costs and food purchases in response to increased demand during COVID-19.
  • Tetra Society of North America (external link)
    • $4,400 to develop custom-made assistive devices to enhance the lives of individuals with a disability.
  • The AIDS Network (external link) as the lead partner in the Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable (external link)
    • $99,400 for the ongoing work of the Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable (HEDR). HEDR is a community collective of organizations, institutions, groups, businesses and individual community members that are committed to building systemic inclusion and equity in Halton.
  • The Children's Aid Society of the Regional Municipality of Halton (CAS) (external link)
    • $28,248 to make renovations in four units at an Oakville CAS residence that provides transitional housing for youth.
    • $88,899 to provide a range of supports for youth in the Bridging the Gap program (external link) including case management, life skills support, housing start-up costs, a host home opportunity in Halton Hills and rent assistance for youth.
    • $51,515 to extend a Community Safety and Well-Being initiative to connect youth exiting the care of the Children’s Aid Society to education, training, employment and mentorship.
  • The Women's Centre of Halton (external link)
    • $51,659 to provide peer support, referrals, navigation and workshops for women in crisis and/or transition.
  • Thrive Counselling Services Halton Inc. (external link) 
    • $9,070 for web design and project coordination to establish a central point of information to help and engage survivors of sexual assault. The project is an initiative of the Sexual Assault Advisory Committee.

In 2019, Regional Council approved the following community programs and initiatives to receive HRCIF funding. Funding for these programs/initiatives continues into 2021.

  • Acclaim Health and Community Care Services (external link)
    $117,380 over three years to provide free, accessible arts and yoga programming to address loneliness and isolation of low income older adults.
  • Burlington Baptist Church (external link)
    $15,191 over three years to support two, 15-week lunch and activity programs that provide vulnerable older adults with opportunities for social interaction with peers to decrease isolation and connect them with other needed services.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Region Branch (external link)
    $548,854 over three years to support one-on-one mental health and addictions counselling, crisis intervention, as well as group programming at the Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter. Additionally, implement after-care support for those leaving the shelter to maintain housing and reduce vulnerability.
  • Catholic Family Services of Hamilton (external link)
    $467,970 over three years to support case management and cleaning costs for adults who live in extreme self-neglect, also known as Diogenes Syndrome, and help stabilize their housing.
  • Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel-Halton (external link)
    $60,000 over three years to provide programming to educate girls about the risks of sexual exploitation and support girls who have been exploited to prevent future abuse.
  • Halton Food for Thought (external link)
    $72,000 over three years to purchase meal cards for at-risk secondary school students so they can buy healthy meals at school cafeterias.
  • Milton Transitional Housing (external link)
    $268,470 over three years to provide subsidized transitional accommodation and supportive counselling for up to two years for families and individuals facing a housing crisis.
  • Radius Child and Youth Services (external link)
    $137,500 over three years to support staffing for specialized assessment and treatment programs for children, youth and families who have been affected by abuse and/or neglect.
  • Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) (external link)
    $289,478 over three years to provide dedicated staff for onsite mental health, addictions and substance use supports for youth, and provide educational information sessions to caregivers, working in partnership with ADAPT (Halton Alcohol Drug and Gambling Assessment Prevention and Treatment).
  • Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House (external link)
    $30,000 over three years to provide one-on-one peer counselling to adults living with cancer and help connect them to other programs and support. Additionally, offer free rapid response professionally-led counselling to those in crisis.

The following community programs/initiatives were previously approved by Regional Council. Funding for these programs/initiatives is complete.

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2018

2017

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