Funding for Social Service Providers and Community Organizations

The City of Hamilton’s Funding Application for Social Service Providers and Community Organizations has closed. To date $641,450 has been allocated to 32 organizations, benefiting approximately 32,928 community members. All applications submitted prior to August 12, 2020 will be processed. For questions about the status of an existing application, please contact [email protected].

The City remains committed to working with community partners and organizations to ensure the stability and continuity of essential supports. The remainder of the fund will be used to enhance the City’s comprehensive response to support individuals experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • Ensuring the availability of emergency shelter spaces with appropriate physical distancing and provision of isolation spaces for those experiencing homelessness who test positive for COVID-19. The City has developed a framework to guide its transition from emergency response to service adaption and transformation. A key component of the framework is maintaining proportional availability of emergency beds. 
  • Funding two additional Mental Health and Street Outreach Workers until December 31, 2020. The Outreach team provides mobile support services, engages with people in the community, helps to make linkages to resources and supports through collaboration and co-ordination with local homeless support services. 
  • For individuals who are unable to access shelter beds, the City has enhanced and extended drop-in services through Living Rock Ministries and Wesley Centre and extended Carole Ann’s Place and Willow’s Place beyond their usual warm weather closure. This will also allow for increased access to hygiene centres, washroom facilities and laundry.

Additional COVID-19 supports for non-profits are also available from other levels of governments. The Ontario government is investing $83 million through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to provide grants to help eligible non-profit organizations, including food banks, child and youth programs and Royal Canadian Legion branches, recover from COVID-19 and continue the delivery of vital programming in their communities. The OTF's Resilient Communities Fund will provide grants of up to $150,000 to help eligible non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. For more information, visit the Ontario Trillium Foundation website on eligibility requirements and application deadlines.