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COVID-19 community funding

Provides financial support to eligible not-for-profit agencies.

The COVID-19 Community Funding is open to accept new applications from January 1 to March 31, 2021.

The Region of Peel as Service System Manager for housing and homelessness, which includes the Reaching Home Program and the Social Services Relief Fund, administered through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative is administering this emergency funding. Funding applications are being approved to ensure our community can continue to protect and care for our most vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other information

Reaching Home Fund - $1 million

A community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness across Canada. The special directives for the emergency fund continue to focus on programs that serve the homeless or those at imminent risk of homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social Services Relief Fund - $2.5 million

To help communities respond to the increased and changing demands for services to the vulnerable, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reporting requirements

Peel not-for-profits who receive funding will need to enter into a signed contract and submit copies of invoices and receipts for all expenses and provide qualitative data for specific reporting requirements on the program directives for each funding stream.

  • Funding is available for established community agencies, who have been incorporated as a charity or non-profit before February 2020.
  • An agency’s Articles of Incorporation should align and allow for the provision of the supports and services being requested in the funding application.
  • The following funding is intended for unbudgeted expenses that support the development of enhanced services and programs in response to vulnerable clients and resident needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Funding is now available to support community agencies from January 1 to  March 31, 2021.
Ineligible expenses
  • Staffing costs associated with staff not involved in front-line, client serving supports and services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Rent and Utility costs for agency locations
  • Computer hardware and computer system upgrades (only software required to enable virtual supports and services is eligible)
COVID-19 Community Funding
Reaching Home Fund

Examples of eligible expenses:

  • Delivery of services to meet basic needs (e.g. grocery cards, personal hygiene products, gift cards, cleaning supplies, transportation vouchers, access to laundry facilities, clothing, footwear and blankets) for homeless individuals
Social Services Relief Fund

Examples of eligible expenses:

  • Hiring additional front-line, client serving staff for critical services and supports for vulnerable populations
  • Funding to deliver enhanced and expanded critical services for vulnerable populations (refer to the following definition of vulnerable populations)
  • Funding to promote physical distancing and self-isolation to keep vulnerable people safe and healthy
  • Transportation costs to transport vulnerable individuals to and from medical appointments and facilities
  • Enhanced cleaning services for facilities serving vulnerable populations or for public serving locations preparing to re-open as part of the recovery phase
  • Computer software to allow for virtual programming and support services (refer to the ineligible expenses section for more details)
  • Transportation costs to deliver basic necessities to vulnerable populations or those in self-isolation
  • Delivery of services to meet basic needs (e.g. grocery cards, personal hygiene products, gift cards, cleaning supplies) for vulnerable populations or those in self-isolation
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for agency staff, vulnerable populations or self-isolating individuals
  • Protective shielding, way-finding decals and other physical barriers to enable the re-opening of public serving locations as part of the recovery phase
Vulnerable populations

Funding should provide critical supports and services to one or more of the following target groups who are considered vulnerable populations or members of the community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Racialized individuals and communities
  • At-risk youth
  • Seniors or those that are self-isolating
  • Victims of domestic violence
  • Victims of human trafficking
  • LGBT2SQ individuals
  • Individuals and families who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Those recently released from provincial institutions
  • Renter households
  • Indigenous individuals
  • Individuals with mental health conditions or addictions
  • Those living in congregate care settings
  • Homeless individuals and families
  • Persons with physical disabilities
  • New immigrants and refugees
  • Low-income individuals and families

If your organization is interested in applying for support from the COVID-19 Community Funding access the application.

All applications submitted must include a copy of Letter of a Patent and Direct Deposit form (if applicable).

To submit your completed application, send it as an attachment to:

Reaching Home Fund and Social Services Relief Fund
Email Laura Tribble