Halton Region works closely with its non-profit partners to provide funding for initiatives that support the health, safety and well-being of residents. Many non-profits turn to the Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF) to deliver or expand services, upgrade equipment or launch new initiatives.
On April 18, 2018, Regional Council approved more than $2.3 million in funding for community programs dedicated to improving access to services for residents in need. This includes support for programs that address mental health, prevent homelessness, support older adults, children and youth, and enhance food security. The funding is awarded in grants of one, two and three years through the HRCIF.
Halton Region is investing $771,094 in food security programs between 2018 and 2020, including:
- $466,554 to Food For Life to help source and distribute fresh nutritious food to those in need.
- $174,781 to Halton Food Council to support the growth of community garden programming at assisted housing communities.
One of the key priorities of the Halton Region Strategic Action Plan, 2015-2018, is promoting good mental health. This year, HRCIF is investing in many community mental health programs, including:
- $304,596 to Resiliency 4 Recovery to provide mental health and addiction support programs for youth aged 16-29; funds will also support adults 30+ who are dealing with opioid misuse challenges.
- $29,999 to the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario to train frontline staff at two local mental health organizations in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy related to psychosis.
HRCIF is also contributing to programs that support the needs of children and youth, including:
- $296,249 to Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) to support the Positive Space Network with gender diverse and trans-specific programs.
- $29,500 for Community Living Burlington to support the Autism Job Club, an initiative that provides employment skills development for youth with autism.
In addition to new funding, 30 programs will receive funding as part of their second or third installment of multi-year grants awarded in 2016 and 2017. In total, the HRCIF will be supporting 55 programs with over $2.3 million of funding in 2018.
Since 2012, the number of projects funded through HRCIF has more than doubled, from 25 to 55 currently, and the amount of funding has increased from $702,691 to more than $2.3 million.
To learn more about the Halton Region Community Investment Fund, visit halton.ca/investmentfund or call 311.
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