Reaching Home

Reaching Home - Call for Proposals

Thanks to additional Reaching Home funding from the federal government, the Rural Development Network is currently accepting applications through a Call for Proposals to fund projects addressing homelessness in their communities in 2022-2023 and 2023-2024. Organizations and communities located in rural and remote Alberta, including First Nations and Métis settlements are eligible to apply.

Please refer to the application guide for information related to project eligibility. The sustainability checklist (specifically for capital projects) is included in the application guide. Please note that this year there are two types of applications: the general application and Indigenous application. Please review the application details to determine which application your organization should apply through. 

Application Guide 
General Application
Indigenous Application
Budget template 
FAQ Document

The application deadline is Friday, August 5th, 2022 at 11:59 pm MDT. Projects successful in receiving funding must be completed no later than March 31st, 2024. Please send the completed application in both Word and PDF format to rhapplications@ruraldevelopment.ca.

We strongly encourage applications to attend one of several Q&A sessions offered in July. Please see the application guide to register for one of the sessions. If you would like to discuss your project idea further, please contact us. Please do not reply to this email. Direct any questions to the Reaching Home team at programs@ruraldevelopment.ca.

About Reaching Home

RDN manages the Rural and Remote funding in Alberta for Reaching Home, the new federal homelessness prevention and reduction strategy that began in April 2019. Our team administers funding and provides support for municipalities, non-profits, First Nation communities and Métis Settlements that are working on homelessness projects located outside the seven major cities in Alberta. RDN managed a total of 32 projects over five years for the predecessor to Reaching Home: the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, serving as the Community Entity for Alberta's Rural and Remote funding since 2013.

Since Reaching Home launched in 2019, the program has expanded significantly thanks to additional investments by the federal government. Through Reaching Home, RDN has supported over 80 unique projects and distributed COVID-19 emergency funding to communities, shelters and organizations impacted by the pandemic. This funding has also allowed RDN to research how rural homelessness contributes to urban homelessness and develop educational and practical resources for rural and remote communities in Alberta and across the country.

Project Success Stories

  • Land purchased for a new second-stage transitional shelter for women fleeing domestic violence in Rocky Mountain House
  • Transition beds in Fort Macleod for people with addictions waiting to get into inpatient treatment
  • Pre-development funds for new transitional housing units in Banff
  • Funding for housing support workers and outreach workers to assist homeless or at-risk people in multiple communities across Alberta
  • Shelter pods for clients to access emergency shelter in Edson
  • Opening of temporary emergency mat programs in Canmore, Rocky Mountain House, Cold Lake and Slave Lake

    For more information, Please Contact:

    Sydney Stenekes