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COVID-19 community funding

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

The COVID-19 Community Funding is now closed and will no longer be accepting applications for the funding period of April 1 to August 31, 2021.

The Region of Peel as Service System Manager for housing and homelessness, is administering this emergency funding. Funding applications were being approved to ensure our community can continue to protect and care for our most vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The renewed funding from the Ontario government is dramatically lower than the previous funding provided earlier in the pandemic. As a result, we have decreased funding available and application approvals may be reduced to provide funding to as many agencies as possible.

Agencies are advised to prioritize their most urgent needs in the funding application because of decreased funding available. This funding is first come, first serve.

This is the last funding opportunity offered through the COVID-19 Community Fund. Agencies are encouraged to develop their demobilization or service adaptation plans as a result of expiring pandemic funding.

Funding was available to support all approved eligible costs up until August 31, 2021.

Review the revised eligible expenses section of this page before completing an application for funding.

Other information

Social Services Relief Fund

To help communities respond to the 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.

  • 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 April 1, 2021 to August 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)
  • Medical staffing supports
COVID-19 Community Funding
Social Services Relief Fund

Examples of eligible expenses:

  • Hiring additional front-line, client serving staff or coordination staff required for pandemic services and supports being provided for vulnerable populations (non-medical staff only)
  • Funding to deliver critical services for vulnerable populations (refer to the following definition of vulnerable populations)
  • Transportation costs to transport vulnerable individuals to and from medical appointments and facilities
  • Computer software or license fees to enable the delivery of virtual support and services
  • Enhanced cleaning services for facilities serving vulnerable populations or for public serving locations preparing to re-open as part of the recovery phase
  • Transportation costs to pick up and deliver basic necessities to vulnerable populations or those in self-isolation
  • Basic necessities (e.g. grocery gift cards, personal hygiene products, food and water) for vulnerable populations or those in self-isolation
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for agency staff

Agencies are advised to prioritize their most urgent needs in the funding application because of decreased funding available.

Vulnerable populations

Funding must 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