Reaching Home 2021/2022 Intake

Funding will be awarded to rural-based communities and organizations whose efforts to tackle housing instability and homelessness have been affected by COVID-19.

Edmonton - The Government of Canada allocated an additional $1.6 million in Reaching Home dollars to the Rural Development Network to be invested in the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The Rural Development Network is the Reaching Home Community Entity for Rural and Remote Alberta, and is responsible for distributing this funding to organizations and communities in Alberta to support community efforts in addressing and responding to homelessness. This project is funded by the Government of Canada's Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy.

Project activities must take place outside of the “Seven Cities” in Alberta (Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie, Medicine Hat, and Fort McMurray). This grant is specific to those living in rural and remote areas, along with First Nations and Métis Settlements in Alberta. On-reserve projects are eligible.

Proposed projects must serve or target individuals and/or families who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • address a demonstrated need;
  • clearly outline capacity to deliver identified project activities;
  • demonstrate innovative approaches to ending homelessness and strong partnerships;
  • develop responses to Indigenous Homelessness (e.g., culturally appropriate supports);
  • development of a coordinated community response to address the spectrum of homelessness such as a task force;
  • identify opportunities for integration of services and supports;  
  • provide basic need services (e.g. food, transportation, hygiene, clothing);
  • operational supports for shelters/mat programs;
  • connect clients to housing placements and supports;
  • focus on prevention and shelter diversion services, such as the provision of short-term financial assistance; (e.g. rental arrears, utility payments);
  • support clients with housing start-up costs (e.g., damage deposits, furnishings);
  • connect clients to mental health and addiction supports;
  • connect clients to clinical and treatment services, economic integration services (e.g. income assistance, employment, job training, education) and social and community integration services;
  • enhance coordination and navigation of services that will shift towards a regional “Coordinated Access” system;

Please refer to the application for information related to project eligibility. The application and budget can be downloaded at the link below. The sustainability checklist (specifically for capital projects) is included in the application. For capital projects, we realize more time may be needed for project planning and to obtain necessary documentation, but we ask that applicants submit an initial application by the deadline in order to be considered.

The contents of the application are as follows:

  • Instructions (pg. 1 - 3)
  • Application form (pg. 4 - 14)
  • Appendix A - Capital Project Requirements and Checklist (pg. 15 - 22)
  • Budget - excel spreadsheet (separate file)

The supplemental information package contains:

  • Application Q&A Session Highlights - provides context for each application question
  • RH intake FAQs - provides answers for common questions raised during the sessions
  • RH reporting guidelines - common questions about financial reporting requirements for Reaching Home
  • RH expense template - a copy of the actual expense report used by funded projects to claim funding
  • Activity report - a copy of the actual quarterly activity report needed for all funded projects
  • Data collection tool - a copy of the actual spreadsheet used to track clients served/services provided
Download the full Application Form here.
Download the Budget Template here.
Download the Supplemental Information package here.

Projects awarded this funding must be completed no later than March 31st, 2022. The application deadline if Friday, September 24, 2021 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time (MT).

To discuss your project idea or for more information, please contact Sydney Stenekes (Program Manager) at programs@ruraldevelopment.ca

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    Sydney Stenekes