National Call for Concepts under the Community Capacity and Innovation stream – Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy

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Application period

Current Status: Closed

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You can apply to this Call for Concepts between May 4, 2021 and June 11, 2021 at 11:59 pm Pacific time.

Description of the funding

Contribution funding is available under the Community Capacity and Innovation (CCI) stream. It is a funding stream under Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy.

Organizations can apply for $100,000 up to $600,000 in contribution funding over 3 years.

The overall funding available for new projects is around $6 million over 3 fiscal years:


This funding supports projects that aim to test or develop innovative approaches to:


The following organizations and individuals can apply:

Note: for-profit enterprises are eligible for funding if the nature and intent of the project is:

  • non commercial
  • does not generate profit
  • has the support of the local community
Note to organizations located and operating in Quebec

Please consult the Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (RLRQ, chapter M-30). As per the Act, all Quebec public bodies must obtain a Ministerial Order from the Government of Quebec authorizing the conclusion of an agreement with the federal government or one of its departments.

As per the Act, a public agency designates a legal person or agency that, although not a government agency, a municipal body or a school body, has one of the following characteristics:

  • a majority of its members come from the Quebec public sector, that is, are appointed by the Government, a minister, a government agency, a municipal body, a school body or another public agency
  • its personnel is appointed in accordance with the Public Service Act (chapter F-3.1.1)
  • more than half of its financing is derived from Quebec public funds, that is from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, a government agency, a municipal body, a school body or another public agency

If your proposed project is successful and your organization is subject to the Act, an authorization from the Government of Quebec will be required prior to the conclusion of an agreement.

How we assess your application

We will assess your concept application based on the following criteria:

Note: Multi-year projects (projects spanning over 2 to 3 years) will receive priority.

Additional assessment considerations

We reserve the right to accept a concept in whole or in part. We may consider factors including:

This is a competitive process and we will not retain all applications submitted under this process.

Steps to apply

Apply by email

  1. Read the applicant guide to complete your concept application form
  2. Complete the concept application form
  3. Send your concept application form by email

Note: You may wish to include scanned letters of support from partner organizations as part of your concept application. While we will review letters of support (if provided), they are not required at the concept stage. Letters of support will be required at the full proposal stage.

After you’ve applied

After you have applied, you will receive a confirmation of receipt of your application within 24 hours. We will use the email address provided in your application.

If we retain your concept application, we will invite you to submit a full proposal in the summer of 2021. At that time, we will request additional information on your proposed project.

Contact us

If you have enquiries about this Call for Concepts process, please send them by email to

We will answer questions received by June 11, 2021, 9 am Pacific time.



For the purposes of this Call for Concepts, we define innovation as the trying of new things. Innovative approaches may include activities that are new at a national or regional level.

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