We steward funding from the Provincial and Federal Governments for housing with supports programs, support services and one-time projects in support of ending homelessness. This involves:
- Agreements with orders of government and other donors
- Preparation and administering public calls for application processes when funding is available
- Preparation and monitoring of contracts to the organizations in the community who implement programs and projects
We fund more than 50 programs, delivered by over 25 agencies, which prioritize those who are experiencing homelessness, have complex needs, as well as specific programs for Indigenous Peoples, families, youth and women.
Accessing Program & Project Funding
The Calgary Homeless Foundation partners with and funds agencies to help Calgary achieve Functional Zero homelessness, and in doing so together, we will improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. Funding and grants are awarded based on the quality of proposals received and the contribution to Calgary’s homeless-serving system-of-care.
In addition, the Calgary Homeless Foundation conducts various research, evaluation, and related projects to ensure optimization of data, inform processes, and create opportunities for innovation.
We fund both programs and projects through various public, competitive, and accountable procurement methods such as a Request for Proposals (RFP), grant requests and other public calls for application processes.
From time to time, there are funding, grant, and project opportunities available. These opportunities will be posted on this page as they are released.
If you have any questions regarding grants, funding, and contracts, please contact us at email@example.com. In addition, if you want to be notified of new opportunities for partnership please email us and request to be added to our mail list. Please detail the type of opportunities you’d like to be notified of.
Please check back frequently and prior to your application submission to ensure you have the most recent application information and forms. Updates and version #’s of documents will be listed.
Request for Proposals – REF#21073 - (OPEN)
Closing Date: April, 26, 2021
Reaching Home Programs – Indigenous Stream
- RFP#21073 RHI v01
- RFP#21073 RHI Response Form v01
- RFP#21073 Indigenous Stream Overview
- APPENDIX A Self Declaration v01
- RFP#21073 APPENDIX C - FAQ v01
In 2019, the Government of Canada re-committed its support to ending homelessness in Canada by launching the 5-year Reaching Home (“RH”) Initiative: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy to replace their previous Homelessness Partnering Strategy (“HPS”). RH is a community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness across Canada and provides funding to urban, Indigenous, rural and remote communities to help them address their local homelessness needs. Reaching Home supports the goals of the National Housing Strategy, in particular, to support the most vulnerable Canadians in maintaining safe, stable and affordable housing and to reduce chronic homelessness nationally by 50% by 2028.
Since 2014, CHF has been a partner with the Government of Canada under the previous HPS initiative and was the recipient of HPS funding under both the urban (Designated) and Indigenous communities’ streams. As the local “community entity”, CHF works alongside a Community Advisory Board per stream, and stewards approximately $9.3M of these federal funds per year. CHF signed the Reaching Home agreement with the Government of Canada in 2019, and as part of the funding agreement, CHF is obligated to re-assess and re-issue this federal funding through an open request for proposal process. All programs eligible for the RH refresh, as well as programs applying for new RH funding, must complete this required RFP process.
Of note, this RFP#21073 will be focused only on collecting and assessing proposals for the Indigenous programs stream. A separate RFP (#21068) was issued and completed for the Designated stream in Q3 of 2020. Under the Indigenous funding stream, approximately $1 million in funding is available for this RFP.
Reaching Home Indigenous Funding Stream
The Reaching Home’s Indigenous Homelessness stream provides funding to organizations that provide supports to meet the unique needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. The intent is that the funding be provided to Indigenous-serving organizations and programs located in urban centres. The RH Indigenous stream promotes social inclusion and cultural connections within communities and aims to ensure that culturally appropriate supports are available for Indigenous Peoples who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness in urban centres.
Please see the RFP documents above for additional information, and if you intend to apply please register your intent to apply here: Notice of Intent
An optional information session was held on April 7, 2021 @10:00AM – 11:30 AM MST. You can find a recorded copy of the session here: Information Session
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding this process by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Request for Proposals – REF#21068 - (AWARDED)
Reaching Home Programs – Designated Communities Stream
- RFP# 21068 Reaching Home Programs v03
- RFP# 21068 Response Form v02
- Reaching Home Portfolio Refresh Overview Document
- RFP# 21068 Questions & Answers
In 2019, the Government of Canada launched the 5-year Reaching Home Initiative: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy. Calgary Homeless Foundation stewards $8.3M of these federal funds per year into our Designated stream. We signed the new Reaching Home contract in 2019, and as part of our funding agreement, we are obligated to re-assess and re-issue Reaching Home funds through an open request for proposal (RFP) process. The RFP was launched in November 2020 and closed in December 2020.
Calgary’s Homeless-Serving System of Care programs was eligible for the portfolio refresh either as a single source or in combination with funds from the Government of Alberta. All programs currently utilizing eligible RH funds and programs applying for new RH funding were required to complete this RFP process. CHF solicited and assessed these proposals in an open, impartial, and fair manner.
Proposals were reviewed by three evaluation panels, comprising of CHF and Community Advisory Board participation in a three-step process. Each application was reviewed and scored by individual panel members, followed by a panel discussion and shortlist selection for panel interviews.
The Designated stream process is now complete. After careful consideration and system planning, the available RH funds will be invested to leverage innovative program types, increase flow-through, and bolster system capacity from 403 to 422 places to call home. No participants will be de-housed, and any required transitions will be prioritized and managed by the Coordinated Access and Assessment Adult Placement Committee.
We are excited about the prospect of adding these much-needed spaces for those who need them most. This outcome allows our sector to leverage the proven capacity of strong service providers, along with recently piloted innovations, to create a better aligned and more effective system of care. Selected proposals are currently being awarded, and any necessary transitions will take place throughout February until March 31, 2021.
A list of funding recipients can be found here.
Awarded to: See link above.
ICE Grants – Innovation, Capacity Building & Enhancement in ending homelessness grants
The Calgary Homeless Foundation is looking to support innovative programming, build capacity in agencies, and enhance current programs to further accelerate the end of homelessness in Calgary.
ICE Grant Funding has been suspended until next year.
Thank you for your ongoing leadership in community, your dedication to client-focused innovative solutions, and your commitment to working together to end homelessness in Calgary.
Previous ICE Grant Recipients: