Reaching Home – Capital Funding

 Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy

Rural and Remote (Ontario)



Please note: Funding is conditional on approval from Parliament, expected in June 2021.


United Way Simcoe Muskoka, in partnership with its Regional Advisory Board (RAB), invites organizations operating in rural and remote communities across Ontario to submit funding applications for consideration for capital projects.

The Government of Canada is taking decisive action to help communities address the impacts of the pandemic among people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness, and to provide additional support to the homeless-serving sector during this period.

A total of $2,619,222 will be available to support capital projects to increase the capacity or improve the quality of facilities that address the needs of individuals and families who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, including those that support culturally appropriate programming for Indigenous individuals and families. Successful capital projects will focus on creating new or maintaining existing housing units.

Projects must take place during the funding period of September 2021 to March 31, 2022.


Application deadline: Monday, July 5, 2021 at 5:00pm EST


Please review the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) ‘Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy Directives’ found here before submitting an application.

Pay specific attention to Section 1 E and Section 6 of the Directives.

If you have any questions, are unsure if you are eligible or would like to discuss your project idea(s), please contact:

Tally Lajeunesse | Federal Programs Associate

705.726.2301 x 2012

Application Instructions

Before you begin:

  • The application must be completed in one sitting.
  • Select “Submit your Application” to begin.
  • You are required to complete all supporting documentation first before starting your Application

Capital Project Applications

  1. Review the Application Guidelines by clicking the button below.
  2. Download and complete the budget template with detailed budget notes by clicking the ‘Budget Template’ button below and downloading from the menu at the top of the new page. Be sure to complete both tabs in the budget template form (Reaching Home specific budget and other sources of funding budget).
  3. Download and complete a Capital Sustainability Checklist by clicking the ‘Capital Sustainability Checklist’ button below and downloading.
  4. Provide a minimum of 2-3 Letters of Support from local partners that include:
    1. Acknowledgement of capital project and funding request
    2. Partner(s) contribution to the project (in-kind and/or financial)
    3. Confirmation of support of this project in their community
    4. Relationship between organizations
    5. Confirmation of project need in the community
  5. Provide a Sustainability Plan that includes:
    1. A description of your partnerships
    2. Confirmation of funding sources for ongoing operations
    3. Report if the project will increase the level of services or remain stable
    4. A timeline for the completion of your capital project activities. Note that all activities must be completed by March 31, 2022
  6. Provide applicable quotes for any expense(s) over $5,000. A minimum of 2-3 quotes from different contractors or businesses is required.
  7. Once your supporting documents are complete and saved to your computer, you can start your Application. Click the ‘Submit Your Application‘ button below to begin.

Additional Resources
Below are some resources that can assist with your Reaching Home application: