Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society Responsive Grant Program

Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society Responsive Grant Program

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Urgent Response to COVID-19 Call for Applications

Purpose:

Due to the increased health risk to those who are experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic, Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society will be providing funding to organizations for activities that manage the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 and implement preventative measures to support this population. 

Funding Available:

There is no minimum or maximum funding amount required per application. All applications will be reviewed as per the key priorities, eligibility criteria and other requirements listed below.

Timeline:  

  • Call for Applications Open: Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Review Period: Ongoing
  • Deadline: Open – please note there is no deadline for applications currently
  • Funding decisions: Ongoing

Key Priorities:

Projects considered for funding must address the needs of those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Surrey.

Key Priority: Preventative Measures

  • Purchase of personal protective equipment   
  • Purchase of essential items such as sanitation, hygiene and cleaning supplies
  • Purchase of other items that may reduce the spreading or contracting risk and increase the safety of individuals
  • Measures that help the safe provision of food services or other necessary services to those who are homeless or at-risk    

Key Priority: Staffing Capacity      

  • Additional staffing to properly respond and/or be as pro-active as possible

Key Priority: Additional Space

  • Acquisition of additional space in order to accommodate client self-isolation and/or social distancing protocols
  • Acquisition of beds or physical barriers
  • Other activities that will reduce overcrowding in shelters

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Organizations and projects that are eligible for funding include:

  • Charitable organizations and registered societies, or for-profit entities that are working in partnership with a charitable organization and have a written agreement.
  • Projects addressing issues and gaps related to homelessness and access to housing and that are based in and provide direct benefit to Surrey and Surrey residents.
  • Projects that are operating in Surrey.  

2. Organizations and projects that are not eligible for funding include:

  • Organizations without charitable tax status
  • Fundraising activities
  • Retroactive funding
  • Conferences
  • Deficit funding
  • Core operational funding
  • Ongoing program funding or funding of ongoing operational costs
  • Services or facilities that are not in compliance with municipal licensing and zoning requirements
  • Activities, equipment or supplies that are already being funded/provided by another funder

Other Requirements:

The application should:

  1. Target the priority populations – homeless and at-risk individuals
  2. Identify other internal and/or external funding contributions – please note stacking is ineligible 
  3. Support the goals and objectives of the Surrey Homelessness & Housing Fund

Submission Forms:

Submission Instructions:

Please submit the following to Letizia Romei via email at letizia_romei@vancity.com:

  • Application Form in Word
  • Other supporting documents (only if advised by staff)

For any questions, please contact Letizia Romei: letizia_romei@vancity.com.


 

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