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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.

About the Halton Region Community Investment Fund

The HRCIF enhances the health, safety and well-being of Halton residents through funding to non-profit human service programs and initiatives. The HRCIF supports a holistic response to human service needs and is part of Halton’s approach to Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) planning. Proposals that demonstrate collaborative approaches to address community needs are encouraged.

Organizations that meet eligibility criteria can apply to two categories of funding:

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
  • Single year grants are available for up to $30,000
  • Non-profit, charitable and unincorporated community organizations may apply

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

2022 Funding

The 2022 HRCIF Initial Intake has now closed.

Applications will be accepted throughout 2022 to respond to community needs, including issues identified through Halton’s Community Safety and Well-Being initiative. Information about the 2022 Continuing Intake will be posted in January 2022.

Please sign up for updates.

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.

  • Acclaim Health (external link)
    • $79,974 over one year to provide bereavement support for individuals coping with the loss of loved ones and provide community workshops on the grieving process for the public and community organizations.
    • $67,937 to address isolation and provide strategies to support well-being and reduce stress among older adults at-risk.
  • Al-Qazzaz Foundation for Education and Development (external link)
    • $13,670 over one year to support culturally customized wellness and education programming to newcomer women in Halton to establish social connections and provide support with parenting and mental health issues.
  • Art Gallery Burlington (external link)
    • $12,481 over one year to provide youth with digital arts programming developed in partnership with Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) and Positive Space Network to support mental health well-being.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton (external link)
    • $30,000 over one year to provide weekly access to healthy nutritious food while teaching life skills about preparing food via virtual connection with mentors.
    • $57,440 over one year to support Black youth aged 12-17 to embrace Caribbean, African and other Black cultures using a strengths-based approach.
  • Bob Rumball Canadian Centre of Excellence for the Deaf (external link)
    • $30,000 over one year to provide sessions that promote health, well-being, education and inclusion for older adults who are deaf.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA): Halton Region Branch (external link)
    • $151,600 over two years 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.
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)(external link)
    • $15,950 over one year to provide programming to older adults who are blind, deaf-blind, partially sighted or have low vision to reduce social isolation and improve quality of life.
  • Central West Specialized Developmental Services (external link)
    • $28,080 over one year to provide in-home respite allowing caregivers who are approaching a crisis situation to remove themselves from the home for a defined period of time to enable personal care.
  • Christian Horizons(external link)
    • $26,690 over one year to provide workshops that support internet safety for individuals with a developmental disability.
  • Dare To Be Youth Charity(external link)
    • $25,840 over one year to provide peer mentorship and workshops for youth aged 17-24 to develop life skills, self-esteem, confidence, resiliency and coping skills.
  • Distress Centre Halton (external link)
    • $137,580 over two years to provide a free outbound call support service to help Halton residents who are experiencing isolation and mental or health issues.
  • Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Toronto (external link)
    • $57,218 over two years to provide case management to individuals participating in the Halton Drug Treatment Court, a specialized diversion court for offenders who have addiction or substance use issues to prevent future drug related crimes.
    • $109,660 over two years 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.
  • Food for Life (external link)
    • $154,518 over one year to source, collect and redistribute food to community programs that support food insecure residents throughout Halton.
  • Halton Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Assessment, Prevention & Treatment Services (ADAPT)(external link)
    • $330,475 over three years to work collaboratively with Joseph Brant Hospital and other community partners to address the complex and specialized needs of opioid users and their caregivers in Burlington through wrap around support and education.
  • Halton Multicultural Council (external link)
    • $48,952 over one year to provide case management supports for newcomers and refugees who are in or at risk of crisis and to facilitate access to community supports.
  • Halton Women’s Place (external link)
    • $30,000 over one year to upgrade the security systems at the agency's shelter locations to ensure client safety.
  • HIPPY Halton Home-Based Program (external link)
    • $111,713 over three years to support newcomer mothers and their pre-school children through a peer-based education model to develop skills for required success for both mom and child.
  • Home Suite Hope (external link)
    • $47,123 over one year to support and transition single parents aged 16-24 who are precariously housed to achieve self-sufficiency. The program includes support for housing, education and job readiness training.
  • Housing Help Centre for Hamilton-Wentworth (external link)
    • $422,985 over three years to support clients with complex needs to have long-term housing success through intensive case management and connections to community supports.
  • Kids Help Phone (external link)
    • $90,000 over three years to equip young people in grades 6-8 to be resilient and empowered with regard to their mental wellness and by knowing how to reach out and access supports.
    • $83,028 over two years to provide system navigation and support to homeless and at-risk populations to access the health care system.
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Halton (external link)
    • $40,754 over one year to develop a support network for parents/caregivers of children with a learning disability including peer and mental health workshops.
  • Links2Care(external link)
    • $79,356 over one year to provide 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.
    • $83,028 over two years to provide system navigation and support to homeless and at-risk populations to access the health care system.
    • $97,292 over one year to provide drop-in navigation focusing on housing and homelessness prevention, food insecurity and other community supports for those who are isolated, with complex needs or who are living with low income.
    Literacy North Halton (operating as Adult Learning Centre) (external link)
    • $21,972 over one year to provide adult learners with essential skills and information to prepare them for further training in the health care sector to support older adults.
  • Milton Community Resource Centre (external link)
    • $76,517 over two years for an empowerment program to provide free group programming for girls ages 8 to 13 to address the unique challenges girls face as they move towards adulthood.
    • $29,439 over one year to provide access to infant food and supplies and menstrual products to families with low incomes.
    • $30,000 over one year to renovate the infant food bank space to better serve clients and increase storage.
  • Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre (external link)
    • $206,684 over three years to provide a range of hub based supports for an at-risk community in Oakville in collaboration with community partners. This includes life skills, financial literacy and access to food.
  • Oakville Chinese Network Society (external link)
    • $6,485 over one year to provide technology skills education and weekly virtual connections to isolated older adults focusing on Chinese newcomers.
  • Oakville Family YMCA (external link)
    • $56,056 over one year to provide physical and social activities for children, youth and seniors through on-the-ground programming in three priority neighborhoods in Oakville.
  • Oakvillegreen Conservation Association (external link)
    • $30,000 over one year to provide guided outdoor activities including walks, gardening skills, social engagement and volunteer opportunities for older adults.
  • Punjabi Community Health Services (external link)
    • $90,626 over one year to support mental health counselling and provide programming on substance use issues and parent/child conflict with a focus on South Asian and Muslim communities.
  • Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK)(external link)
    • $158,500 over one year to provide gender-diverse and trans-specific programs and peer support for children, youth and their families.
  • Safetynet Children and Youth Services(external link)
    • $29,120 over one year to expand a tutoring program that provides academic assistance to students in grades 1-12 with low incomes.
  • Shifra Homes Inc. (external link)
    • $19,568 over one year to provide access to healthy nutritious food and life skills such as budgeting and food literacy to young pregnant women. The program also supports emergency food needs among former clients.
    • $130,370 over three years to support young pregnant women at Shifra Homes including operational costs.
  • Skills for Change of Metro Toronto (external link)
    • $29,992 over one year to provide supportive programming to immigrant seniors including counselling, workshops and intergenerational community connection sessions.
  • STRIDE (external link)
    • $64,598 over one year to provide rapid response to referrals for mental health supports and triaging clients to the most appropriate services.
  • St. Luke’s Anglican Church (Palermo) (external link)
    • $3,227 over one year to install solar film on windows to reduce the amount of heat entering the building during summer months to make the site more suitable for community programming.
  • Support House (external link)
    • $90,000 over one year to provide intensive case management at the agency’s Grace House and Chartwell Residence and support transitions to and from partner programs.
  • Syyidah Centre -Milton Halal Foodbank (external link)
    • $ 26,500 over one year to provide food items including Kosher/Halal meat, groceries, fresh produce and fresh bread to families with low incomes.
  • Tetra Society (external link)
    • $19,200 over three years to design and build 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)
    • $226,952 over two years to support the Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable to implement initiatives to strengthen equity and inclusion. 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 Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (external link)
    • $128,984 over two years for community outreach staff. One position will provide advocacy support and navigation for Black students and families, and the second position will provide outreach and coordination of educational programs, arts programs and leadership opportunities for youth and seniors.
  • The Centre For Grief & Healing (external link)
    • $59,200 over two years to create an inclusive virtual bereavement response for those dealing with the loss of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Children’s Aid Society of the Regional Municipality of Halton (CAS) (external link)
    • $125,516 over one year to support a program for youth aged 18 to 24 transitioning from the care of the Children’s Aid Society to improve outcomes related to education, training and/or employment.
    • $328,800 over three years to provide a range of supports for youth in the Bridging the Gap program (external link) including case management, life skills support and housing start-up costs as well as host home opportunities in Halton Hills.
  • The Syrian Canadian Foundation (external link)
    • $30,000 over one year to provide culturally appropriate online education and social connection sessions for Arabic speaking Syrian newcomer women.
  • The Women's Centre of Halton(external link)
    • $128,310 over two years to provide peer support, referrals, navigation and workshops for women in crisis and/or transition with a focus on north Halton.
  • Wellington Square United Church (external link)
    • $45,535 over one year to provide meal bags to vulnerable and isolated individuals, including those who are in transitional housing, living in shelter or referred from community partners.
  • Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House (external link)
    • $30,000 over two years to establish safe, individual exercise routines for clients to build strength while reducing their cancer-related side effects and improving mental and physical health.

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.

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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