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COVID-19 Community Funding

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

Regional Council approved $1M in funding to provide one-time grants to Peel community agencies that deliver essential services and meet urgent needs to the most vulnerable in our community.

A total of $11,835,021 has also been allocated to Peel as Service System Manager for housing and homelessness, which includes Reaching Home Program and the Social Services Relief Fund, administered through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative. This emergency funding is being flowed to ensure communities can continue to protect and care for the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Community Funding - $1M

Provides financial assistance to support eligible not-for-profit agencies to provide the necessities of life for vulnerable residents living in Peel.

Reaching Home Fund - $5,846,621

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 Service Relief Fund - $5,988,400

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.

COVID-19 Community Funding
  • Costs that stabilize operations for agencies affected by COVID-19 (i.e. salaries; utilities, infrastructure, and operational costs)
  • Unbudgeted expenses that support the development of enhanced services and programs in response to vulnerable clients and resident needs (i.e. technology upgrades)
  • Emergency supplies and equipment (i.e. meal vouchers, water, hand sanitizer, safety or hygiene)
Reaching Home Fund
  • Housing Services that keep people housed to limit the spread of the virus
  • Shelter diversion programs; including funding for temporary housing or expanded shelter services
  • Health and medical services provided to the homeless as part of the COVID-19 response
  • 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
  • Capital investments and acquisition costs for new temporary housing or renovations to existing facilities to increase ability for physical distancing for homeless individuals
Social Service Relief Fund
  • Hiring additional staff for critical services for both the homelessness and housing sectors
  • Funding to deliver enhanced and expanded critical services for vulnerable populations
  • Funding to promote physical distancing and self-isolation to keep vulnerable people safe and healthy
  • Enhancing rent banks that are already in operation
  • Non-medical staffing increases
  • Use of motels or hotels for shelter overflow
  • Transportation costs to transport vulnerable individuals to and from medical appointments and facilities
  • Enhanced cleaning services for facilities serving the homeless population

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:

COVID-19 Community Funding
Email Arlene Coventry-Bauer

Reaching Home Fund and Social Service Relief Fund
Email Laura Tribble