Funding Opportunities

Call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for Homelessness Funding 2021/2022 Region of Durham

The Call for EOIs for homelessness funding beginning next fiscal year (2021/2022) is now live on
Call for Expressions of Interest: Working Together to End Homelessness in Durham

Public Health Ontario Funding Opportunity

At Public Health Ontario, we are leading a project called “Community
Opioid/Overdose Capacity Building” (COM-CAP). The COM-CAP project is
funded by Health Canada (Substance Use and Addiction Program) and focusses on supporting the work of organizations and networks responding to overdose in communities across Ontario.
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new funding opportunity to support community initiatives responding to opioids/overdose harms during the COVID-19 pandemic (up to $75,000 over two years). There is funding available for up to three community initiatives. These funds will support salaries and benefits, honoraria, materials, equipment, or other costs.
Who is eligible?
Organizations that are leading an opioid/overdose initiative in their
Key dates:
 Application deadline: December 2, 2020
 Anticipated notice of decision: week of January 4, 2020
 Anticipated start date for funding: week of January 4, 2020

How to apply:
Please contact to receive the appropriate instructions and forms. The COM-CAP team is happy to answer any questions and provide additional support to complete the application.
We will hold a meeting to review and answer any questions regarding the
application process on November 18th 12:00 – 1:00pm (EST). Please register
using the link below:
For more information, please contact

Funding to assist people who are QTBIPOC

Are you a QTBIPOC person in Durham Region looking for financial assistance due to the current pandemic? Including but not limited to:

  • Rent, Housing and Utilities
  • Food
  • Care and Support of Loved Ones
  • Gender Affirming Materials
  • Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Wellness



Funding is available to improve accessibility and safety in your community spaces and workplaces
The Enabling Accessibility Fund has also launched a funding process under the EAF Youth Innovation Component, which is currently accepting applications until October 30, 2020. Let’s build a more accessible Canada!

If you would like to apply for funding or learn more about EAF funding opportunities underway, please visit the EAF funding webpage.
The EAF Roadmap may also help you in choosing the right accessibility project for your organization.

We encourage you to share this email with your network, partners and stakeholders so they may also benefit from this funding opportunity.

RESILIANT COMMUNITIES FUND – Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) will be redirecting $83 million from its Capital and Grow granting streams to support Ontario nonprofits through the Resilient Communities Fund. Its purpose is to support rebuilding the capacity of eligible non-profit organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19.

  • One intake deadline remains: December 2, 2020
  • Decisions will be made 3 months after the deadlines
  • Grants are for one year, starting from $5,000 to $150,000 for one (or more) of five activities:
  • Organizational capacity building/training for rebuilding (including research and development); mental
    health and wellness supports

* Prepare to develop new sources of funding and finance (including public-private partnerships and social finance)

* Adapt/reimagine programming (e.g., personal protective equipment, technology, volunteer supports)

* Procure equipment or renovate space (capital costs)

Create and/or adopt new approaches for organizations to work together to meet the needs of communities (e.g. professional development, knowledge and data sharing) Learn more about the fund:


CDCD is pleased to announce the opportunity to learn more about
the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s newest Non-Profit grant: The
Resilient Communities Fund.

In September of 2020, the Ontario Trillium Foundation introduced
the Resilient Communities Fund as a means to support Non-Profit
and Charitable organizations across the Province of Ontario. OTF will be offering a second round of funding in 2020 to continue this
support. CDCD will host a virtual information session with OTF,
where organizations in the Region of Durham can learn more on
Friday November 6th, 2020 from 11:00am – 12:30pm.

Register Here

While a question period will be available during the event, you can
email your questions prior to the event to
To learn more about the OTF Resilient Communities Fund, visit or the following link:

RCF Overview
Organization Financial Statement Requirements for RCF
Plan your application
PDF of the RCF Grant Application
PDF of the RCF Application Assessment Criteria
PDF of the RCF Financial Workbook Instructions


Notification was recently received from Service Canada that Durham Region is receiving an additional ~$2.1M in Reaching Home funding. This funding must be fully spent by March 31, 2021.

Please see the message below:
The Government of Canada has recently announced an additional $236.7 million through Reaching Home to help extend and expand the emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This funding is in addition to the $157.5 million in funding announced in April 2020 to help communities address the immediate impacts of the pandemic.

Conference calls were hosted last week with Community Entities to share information on this funding. A commitment was made to communicate funding allocations as soon as possible. Funding allocations have since been confirmed and we are now able to inform you of the funding allocation for your community. The new incremental funding allocation under Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to Support People Experiencing and At Risk of Homelessness is $2,184,411 This amount is intended to complement your current Reaching Home funding


Second round of the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)
Government of Canada to rapidly create new affordable housing and support Canadians experiencing homelessness
Second round of the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)

On October 5, 2020, the second round of the Emergency Community Support Fund will be available to community organizations.

In May 2020, the Government of Canada announced a $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund to support charities and non-profit organizations adapting frontline services to better serve vulnerable Canadians during this pandemic.

Community organizations may apply for funds through the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada or the United Way Centraide network until October 30, 2020. The right place to apply depends on the community organization’s type:

Non-profit organizations can apply to the Canadian Red Cross’ portal here.
Registered charities and other qualified organizations can apply to Community Foundations of Canada’s portal here or to their local United Way Centraide here

Thank you for your commitment to vulnerable people during this time.
Government of Canada to rapidly create new affordable housing and support Canadians experiencing homelessness

On September 21st, 2020, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), announced a new Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) to help address urgent housing needs of vulnerable Canadians by rapidly creating new affordable housing.

In addition to this substantial investment, the Government of Canada will provide $236.7 million through Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy to help extend and expand the emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This new investment will enable communities to extend the emergency measures that have been successful in reducing the risk of potential outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness, as well as provide them the flexibility to deliver permanent housing solutions as well as prevention and diversion from homelessness.

United Way Durham Region is now accepting applications for the second round of the Emergency Community Support Fund to help charities and non-profit organizations serve and support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is part of the $350 million made available by the Government of Canada and first opened in May 2020. These funds continue to be administered by United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross in communities from coast to coast to coast. We are proud to support this important investment by the Federal Government.

Applications for funding are being accepted from October 5 to October 30, 2020.

Organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable populations who are impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply.

Your organization is eligible to receive funding if your organization has a charitable number, or is otherwise a qualified donee, and is providing support and services to meet immediate community needs related to the COVID-19.

This funding is intended to support frontline community service organizations providing services to support vulnerable Canadians, including low-income seniors, women, children and youth, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, refugees, Indigenous peoples, members of racialized communities, and more.

Applications will be accepted starting October 5, 2020. We anticipate a high volume of requests and will be working to ensure that all requests are reviewed as quickly as possible. Please go to our website for more information and to apply.

Please keep in mind when you are doing your budget, that the end date for the project is March 31st, 2021. We are asking you also keep in mind that we have limited funding and will be endeavoring to assist as many services as possible reaching a broad section of vulnerable people affected by COVI-19.
Please pass this information with your network. We appreciate your assistance to distribute this information far and wide.


The Ontario Government is supporting service men and women by modernizing the Soldiers’ Aid Commission to ensure its reach is extended to all Veterans regardless of when and where they served, as well as their families.

The Soldiers’ Aid Commission Act, 2020 will continue the corporation known as the Soldiers’ Aid Commission, and enable its mandate to administer a financial assistance program for eligible Veterans and eligible family members of Veterans who are residents of Ontario.
A new Regulation under the Soldiers’ Aid Commission Act, 2020:
 defines eligibility and operationalizes the financial assistance program administered by the Soldiers’ Aid Commission.
 describes who is eligible for Soldier’s Aid Commission financial assistance, how to apply and defines eligible expenses to a maximum of $2,000 over a 12-month period.

Amendments to a regulation under the Ontario Works Act and the Ontario Disability Support Program Act exempt financial assistance provided by the Soldiers’ Aid Commission as income and assets for social assistance purposes. The amendments ensure financial assistance provided to eligible individuals by the Soldiers’ Aid Commission will not negatively impact their eligibility for social assistance. The Regulation allows Veterans and their eligible family members to receive financial assistance from the Soldier’s Commission that is fully exempt from Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works.