National Call for Concepts under the Community Capacity and Innovation stream – Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy

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Application period

Current Status: Closed

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You can apply to this Call for Concepts between May 4, 2021 and June 11, 2021 at 11:59 pm Pacific time.

Description of the funding

Contribution funding is available under the Community Capacity and Innovation (CCI) stream. It is a funding stream under Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy.

Organizations can apply for $100,000 up to $600,000 in contribution funding over 3 years.

The overall funding available for new projects is around $6 million over 3 fiscal years:

  • 2021 to 2022 (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022)
  • 2022 to 2023 (April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023)
  • 2023 to 2024 (April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024)


This funding supports projects that aim to test or develop innovative approaches to:

  • build capacity within the homeless serving sector, or
  • eliminate or prevent homelessness in Canada


The following organizations and individuals can apply:

  • not-for-profit organizations
  • for profit organizations
  • municipalities
  • Indigenous organizations. This may include:
    • incorporated for profit and not for profit Indigenous controlled organizations
    • Indigenous controlled unincorporated associations
    • Indian Act Bands
    • Tribal Councils, and
    • Indigenous self government entities
  • individuals
  • public health, research organizations and educational institutions
  • provincial and territorial governments and their entities, including institutions, agencies and Crown Corporations

Note: for-profit enterprises are eligible for funding if the nature and intent of the project is:

  • non commercial
  • does not generate profit
  • has the support of the local community
Note to organizations located and operating in Quebec

Please consult the Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (RLRQ, chapter M-30). As per the Act, all Quebec public bodies must obtain a Ministerial Order from the Government of Quebec authorizing the conclusion of an agreement with the federal government or one of its departments.

As per the Act, a public agency designates a legal person or agency that, although not a government agency, a municipal body or a school body, has one of the following characteristics:

  • a majority of its members come from the Quebec public sector, that is, are appointed by the Government, a minister, a government agency, a municipal body, a school body or another public agency
  • its personnel is appointed in accordance with the Public Service Act (chapter F-3.1.1)
  • more than half of its financing is derived from Quebec public funds, that is from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, a government agency, a municipal body, a school body or another public agency

If your proposed project is successful and your organization is subject to the Act, an authorization from the Government of Quebec will be required prior to the conclusion of an agreement.

How we assess your application

We will assess your concept application based on the following criteria:

  • the applicant, proposed activities, and expenses are eligible under Reaching Home eligibility requirements
  • the project is scalable to a national or regional level
  • the concept is innovative and meets at least one of the call objectives
  • the concept addresses at least one of the following priority areas:
    • approaches for specific populations: testing approaches that work for specific populations. Examples include, but are not limited to:
      • Indigenous people
      • youth
      • seniors
      • LGBTQ2
      • women fleeing violence
      • veterans
      • Black and racialized Canadians
      • people with disabilities

      Note: Projects that address the needs of Indigenous communities, or communities in the Territories will receive a higher score in the evaluation criteria.

    • strategic partnerships: developing strategic partnerships that contribute to one of the following:
      • community collaboration
      • encouraging increased capacity building within the sector
      • building connections between sectors or different orders of government
    • data collection: developing effective practices or innovative techniques to:
      • measure the scope of homelessness, or
      • address data gaps related to homelessness, including hidden homelessness

Note: Multi-year projects (projects spanning over 2 to 3 years) will receive priority.

Additional assessment considerations

We reserve the right to accept a concept in whole or in part. We may consider factors including:

  • geographic coverage
  • official language requirements, and
  • the considerations of other orders of governments

This is a competitive process and we will not retain all applications submitted under this process.

Steps to apply

Apply by email

  1. Read the applicant guide to complete your concept application form
  2. Complete the concept application form
  3. Send your concept application form by email

Note: You may wish to include scanned letters of support from partner organizations as part of your concept application. While we will review letters of support (if provided), they are not required at the concept stage. Letters of support will be required at the full proposal stage.

After you’ve applied

After you have applied, you will receive a confirmation of receipt of your application within 24 hours. We will use the email address provided in your application.

If we retain your concept application, we will invite you to submit a full proposal in the summer of 2021. At that time, we will request additional information on your proposed project.

Contact us

If you have enquiries about this Call for Concepts process, please send them by email to

We will answer questions received by June 11, 2021, 9 am Pacific time.



For the purposes of this Call for Concepts, we define innovation as the trying of new things. Innovative approaches may include activities that are new at a national or regional level.