Halton Region Community Investment Fund

The HRCIF provides funding to non-profit social service and community health programs that support the health, well-being and safety of Halton residents, including a stream of funding targeted to programs that address food security. There are three categories of funding:

Proposal call now open

The HRCIF is now accepting funding applications for Category One, Two and Three. A total of $870,000 of funding is available. Please note that information and updates, including frequently asked questions, will be posted throughout the proposal call.

All potential applicants are encouraged to attend an information session.

Category One (one-year grants)

  • Deadline for applications: November 25, 2016 by 2 p.m.
  • Provides funding to social service and community health programs aligned with funding priorities (refer to Guidelines) for short-term, small capital and/or innovative projects. This can include (but is not limited to) piloting a new program, developing an innovative approach to service delivery and program improvements.
  • 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.

Category Two (Multi-year grants)

  • Deadline for applications: December, 2, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Provides up to three years of funding to social service and community health programs and initiatives aligned with HRCIF funding priorities.
  • Applicants must be a registered charity to apply.
  • To apply, please thoroughly review the Category Two Guidelines (PDF file) and complete the Application Form.

Category Three (Food Security grants)

  • Deadline for applications: January 13, 2017 at 2 p.m.
  • Provides funding to programs that enhance food security.
  • Proposals that demonstrate elements of collaboration and/or innovation will be given priority. All potential applications are strongly encouraged to attend the Category Three Information session and the subsequent collaboration and innovation session.
  • Non-profit and/or charitable organizations may apply.
  • To apply, please thoroughly review the Category Three Guidelines (PDF file) and complete the Application Form.

Collaboration and Innovation Session for Category 3

There is one information session remaining until the applications are due.

  • Category Three (Food security)
    Collaboration and Innovation Session

    November 24, 2016
    9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Halton Region
    1151 Bronte Road (Auditorium) view map (external link)

All Category Three applicants are encouraged to attend the Collaboration and Innovation session. The session will provide an opportunity for potential applicants to explore collaborative and/or innovative project opportunities with other food security partners. As noted in Section 1.3 of the Category Three Funding Guidelines, projects that demonstrate elements of collaboration or innovation will be given priority.

Register online or by dialing 311.

Presentations and information related to HRCIF categories

Presentation slides from the Category One/Two and Category Three information sessions are now posted (below). If there is a discrepancy between information in the presentation slides and the funding guidelines, the information in the guidelines will be considered accurate unless otherwise noted in the 'Update and Clarification' section of this webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

  1. The HRCIF has three categories of funding, including a specific category of funding for food security programs. Which one(s) can I apply to?

    Applicants that meet eligibility criteria may submit an 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 applying for 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.

  2. The Category One, Two and Three guidelines indicate that organizations that act as the lead on a collaborative request may submit a separate application for their organization. Please explain.

    Organizations that act as the lead on a collaborative project/program may submit a separate application i.e., the applicant that leads the collaborative request is still able to submit an application for their organization. This applies to each of categories 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.

  3. The Category One Guidelines indicate that an applicant may request up to $30,000. The Category Two and Three Guidelines do not identify a maximum request. Please explain.

    There is no set maximum on requests in categories Two or Three. A total of $870,000 is available for all categories of funding in 2017. The HRCIF Committee will determine the amount of funding allocated to each of Categories One, Two and Three.

  4. The guidelines indicate that funding awarded through the 2017 HRCIF allocation process is intended for the May 1 to April 30 period. 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 2017 funding?

    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.

  5. Our organization currently holds a 2016 Category One grant. Are we eligible to apply for the same project/program for 2017?

    Yes.

  6. Our organization currently holds a Category Two grant with a multi-year commitment. Are we eligible to apply for another Category Two grant?

    Yes. Organizations in receipt of current HRCIF grants (including a Category Two grant with a multi-year commitment) are eligible to apply for 2017 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 2017 funding.

  7. Our organization currently holds a Category Three grant that was awarded in July 2016. Are we eligible to apply for another Category Three grant?

    Yes. We have moved the Category Three proposal call to the fall to be consistent with other categories of HRCIF funding. The next proposal call will not take place until the fall of 2017, so yes; current Category Three grant recipients are welcome to apply in the current proposal call for a new program or to expand/continue an existing program.

  8. The Category One Guidelines state that: "Small capital requests can include minor renovations (e.g., making an entrance way accessible for clients) and items/equipment that will enhance the ability of the organization/program to meet its objectives (e.g., computers at a youth centre to assist with job searching). If the amount of a capital request exceeds the $30,000 maximum under Category One, the applicant should be able to demonstrate that funds to offset the full cost of the renovation/item are available or have been secured." Please elaborate.

    The Category One Funding Guidelines were changed for 2017 to enable applicants to apply for capital renovations and equipment that exceed the $30,000 maximum funding request. In previous years, a capital request was ineligible if it exceeded the maximum amount of funding available under Category One.
    The change was made to provide greater flexibility for applicants and to avoid situations where a project is deemed ineligible if an applicant could demonstrate that the difference between the cost of the renovation/capital item can be supported through other sources of funds. The change was 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 request, HRCIF 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.

  9. My faith organization would like to apply for a capital renovation through Category One. Is this request eligible?

    Faith organizations (e.g., a church, mosque, etc.) may submit an application for a capital renovation. Like all requests for small capital funding, the renovation must be directly linked to a community health or social services objective. The applicant must also demonstrate that the renovation will serve the broader community (e.g., clearly enhances the organization's ability to provide social service or community health programming to the community).

  10. Will capital requests be considered under Category Three?

    Yes, requests to Category Three can include direct program costs, program operations and capital renovations/equipment.

  11. We are acting as the sponsor for an unincorporated community organization through Category One. Section 1.7 of the Category One Guidelines indicate that the sponsoring organization assumes responsibility for the grant, including fund administration. Please tell me more about sponsoring an application.

    As identified in the Category One application form, the sponsor completes Section 1 of the application and is the signatory 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 (e.g., mandate, when formed, number of members, etc.). 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 1 Guidelines, both “Sponsored and sponsoring organizations are strongly encouraged to contact an HRCIF representative staff to discuss the proposal.”

  12. Our organization's head office is not located in Halton. Can we apply?

    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 focussed on serving Halton residents. The applicant must demonstrate that funds would be used solely to provide services to Halton residents.”

  13. 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 but indicates that applications may be accepted if the organization has a clear programmatic focus and track record of program/project delivery. Please elaborate.

    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.

  14. 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?

    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.

  15. The Category Three guidelines indicated that “applicants that address funding priorities through an approach that demonstrates elements of collaboration or innovation will be given priority.” Please elaborate.

    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.

  16. 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?

    Any experience providing food assistance/food security programming to Halton residents that 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.

  17. 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?

    Both types of funding requests will be considered.