Call for Proposals for Innovative Solutions to Help Prevent and Reduce Homelessness

October 11, 2016

Homelessness Partnering StrategyOn September 26, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced two calls for proposals under the Innovative Solutions to Homelessness funding stream of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). The two calls for proposals are seeking projects with innovative approaches and ideas that aim to prevent and reduce homelessness, particularly among Indigenous Canadians, youth, women fleeing violence and veterans.

The call for proposals for Microgrants is open until November 14, 2016. Stakeholders and organizations are invited to apply for small-scale project funding of up to $25,000. Projects will focus on exploring effective and innovative practices, tools or initiatives that prevent or reduce homelessness in Canada.

The call for proposals for Contribution Projects is open until November 14, 2016. Stakeholders and organizations are invited to apply for funding of between $25,000 and $500,000 for large-scale pilot projects that aim to test innovative and promising interventions and practices to prevent or reduce homelessness in Canada.

Once your application is completed, please submit all required documents by email to hkd-dci at

Who can apply?

The following organizations and individuals are eligible:

  • not-for-profit organizations;
  • municipal governments;
  • individuals;
  • research organizations and research institutes;
  • public health and educational institutions;
  • band/tribal councils and other Aboriginal organizations; and
  • in Quebec, Integrated Health and Social Services Centres and Integrated University Health and Social Services Centres are eligible for funding, consistent with the formal Canada-Quebec agreement.

Note: for-profit enterprises are eligible for funding, provided that the nature and intent of the project is non-commercial, does not generate profit, and has the support of the local community.

Eligible projects

Projects must meet the terms and conditions of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

Projects should not duplicate activities and costs funded under regional funding streams (Designated communities, Rural and Remote Homelessness, and Aboriginal Homelessness).

SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada