Community Capacity and Innovation funding stream

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

The Community Capacity and Innovation stream supports communities with the implementation of coordinated access and to foster innovation in the sector.

As the need for Community Capacity and Innovation funding to support the implementation of coordinated access decreases over time, resources will become available to support innovative approaches to reduce and prevent homelessness.

Communities can use Community Capacity and Innovation funding for coordinated access to, for example:

  • hire a project manager to oversee local implementation;
  • implement the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS), if the Designated Community does not already have a comparable Homelessness Management Information System to HIFIS;
  • establish governance structures and implement the various elements of a coordinated access system (e.g. privacy tools for coordinated access and HIFIS implementation).

The stream will also support collaboration across the Designated Communities and Indigenous Homelessness streams where they overlap. This is done to ensure the design and implementation of the most comprehensive coordinated access systems.

Reaching Home will not require the implementation of coordinated access under the new Territorial Homelessness stream. However, communities in the territories can access Community Capacity and Innovation funding should they decide to adopt coordinated access.

Eligibility

Communities receive Community Capacity and Innovation funding to support the implementation of coordinated access through the regional contribution agreements with Community Entities.

Projects receiving Community Capacity and Innovation funding to foster innovation must meet the program requirements of Reaching Home.

The following organizations and individuals are eligible to receive funding for innovation projects through the Community Capacity and Innovation stream:

  • Not for profit organizations;
  • For profit organizations;
  • Municipalities;
  • Indigenous organizations (Indigenous organizations may include, but are not limited to, incorporated for profit and not for profit Indigenous controlled organizations, Indigenous controlled unincorporated associations, Indian Act Bands, Tribal Councils and Indigenous self government entities);
  • Individuals;
  • Public health, research organizations and educational institutions;
  • Provincial and territorial governments and their entities, including institutions, agencies and Crown Corporations.

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