Funding

As the backbone organization of Calgary’s Plan to End Homelessness, we support the sector with the resources to fulfill the Plan’s vision as well as our collective commitment to ensuring Calgary has the necessary resources to support people in need.

We steward funding from the Provincial and Federal Governments for housing with supports programs, support services and one-time projects in support of ending homelessness. This involves:

  • Agreements with orders of government and other donors
  • Preparation and administering public calls for application processes when funding is available
  • Preparation and monitoring of contracts to the organizations in the community who implement programs and projects

We fund more than 50 programs, delivered by over 25 agencies, which prioritize those who are experiencing homelessness, have complex needs, as well as specific programs for Indigenous Peoples, families, youth and women.

Accessing Program & Project Funding

The Calgary Homeless Foundation partners with and funds agencies to help Calgary achieve Functional Zero homelessness, and in doing so together, we will improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. Funding and grants are awarded based on the quality of proposals received and the contribution to Calgary’s homeless-serving system-of-care.

In addition, the Calgary Homeless Foundation conducts various research, evaluation, and related projects to ensure optimization of data, inform processes, and create opportunities for innovation.

We fund both programs and projects through various public, competitive, and accountable procurement methods such as a Request for Proposals (RFP), grant requests and other public calls for application processes.

From time to time, there are funding, grant, and project opportunities available. These opportunities will be posted on this page as they are released.

If you have any questions regarding grants, funding, and contracts, please contact us at funding@calgaryhomeless.com.  In addition, if you want to be notified of new opportunities for partnership please email us and request to be added to our mail list. Please detail the type of opportunities you’d like to be notified of.  


Application Opportunities

Please check back frequently and prior to your application submission to ensure you have the most recent application information and forms. Updates and version #’s of documents will be listed.

There are currently no open RFPs.


COVID-19 Indigenous Capital Response Grant - (CLOSED)

Grant Guidelines & Application Form

  • COVID-19 Indigenous Capital Response Grant
  • COVID-19 Indigenous Capital Grant Application Form

Further Information

In the fall of 2020, the Government of Canada announced an additional $236.7 million in funding across Canada through Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy, to help extend and expand the emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This funding is in addition to the $157.5 million in funding announced in April 2020 to help communities address the immediate impacts of the pandemic. Of these new funds, approximately $1.7 million is allocated to Calgary’s Indigenous stream.

CHF is proud to continue to support this important investment from the Government of Canada, and to help meet the continued needs of people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Working in partnership with the Reaching Home Indigenous Community Advisory Board (I-CAB), the goal of this grant is to support and accelerate (through one time funding) urgent capital projects identified in the community in relation the needs of Indigenous peoples experiencing homelessness during COVID-19.

This grant will help those most vulnerable during the pandemic by:
  1. Increasing the availability of housing options and spaces in the community for Indigenous people experiencing homelessness and housing instability
  2. Supporting organizations working with Indigenous peoples experiencing homelessness and housing instability with the acquisition and development of land, property, and other capital asset needs
  3. Enhancing current infrastructure currently in place that are supporting the needs of Indigenous people experiencing homelessness and housing instability

Please see the grant documents above for additional details.

Request for Proposals – REF#21071 - (CLOSED)

Community Data Hub – Planning & Design

  • RFP#21071 Community Data Hub V04
  • RFP#21071 Response Form v01

Further Information

CHF is conducting a selection process to retain a consultant with technological and business process expertise to design a system architecture plan and an implementation roadmap for its Community Data Hub (CDH).

The CDH builds on existing data infrastructure at CHF, centering a Data Warehouse approach with multiple entry, analytic, and exit points over the current single-platform HMIS solution.

Please see RFP documents above for additional information.

*Note: RFP Deadline extended to January 15, 2020

Request for Proposals – REF#21068 - (CLOSED)

Reaching Home Programs – Designated Communities Stream

  • RFP# 21068 Reaching Home Programs v03
  • RFP# 21068 Response Form v02
  • Reaching Home Portfolio Refresh Overview Document
  • RFP# 21068 Questions & Answers

Further Information

In 2019, the Government of Canada launched the 5-year Reaching Home (RH) Initiative: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy. Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) stewards $9.3M of these federal funds per year through two streams: Indigenous and Designated, and disburses them into Calgary’s Homeless Serving System of Care (CHSSC). CHF signed the new Reaching Home contract in 2019, and as part of the funding agreement, we are obligated to re-assess and re-issue Reaching Home funds through an open request for proposal (RFP) process.

Currently, fifteen CHSSC programs are eligible for the portfolio refresh, through two streams: Indigenous (7) and Designated (8), either as a single source or in combination with funds from the Government of Alberta.  All programs currently utilizing eligible RH funds, as well as programs applying for new RH funding, must complete this required RFP process.

This RFP Ref#21068 is specifically for funding under the Designated Community stream (non-Indigenous specific).  The Indigenous Community stream RFP will be released at a later date.   As there are current programs funded under these funding streams, CHF will consider limiting sector disruption as a factor in the evaluation process. This disruption criteria exists to ensure that participant housing and CHSSC stability remains the top priority.

Thank you for all those who were interested in this opportunity.  Application for this funding process has now closed and CHF will notify all Proponents of the results shortly.  A list of all awards will be posted on this page. 

Request for Proposals – REF#21067 - (AWARDED)

Evaluation and Learning Partner

  • RFP# 21067 Evaluation and Learning Partner v01
  • RFP# 21067 Response Form v02
  • RFP# 21067 Questions & Answers

Further Information

Calgary Homeless Foundation initiated an extensive Request for Proposals process focused on retaining a Learning and Evaluation Partner to design and implement concurrent developmental evaluations of seven innovative projects in Calgary’s Homeless-Serving System of Care (CHSSC) over the course of a 12-month period beginning January 2021.  The RFP closed for submissions on November 8, 2020. 

 We are pleased to announce the Health Systems Evaluation and Evidence (HSEE) team within Alberta Health Services as our inaugural Learning and Evaluation PartnerHSEE is a multidisciplinary team of researchers and evaluators embedded in Alberta Health Services. As health system evaluators, HSEE supports program evaluations across the health ecosystem and collaborates with internal and external partners who are working to improve the health and wellbeing of all Albertans. HSEE uses a range of methods to better understand how and why complex programs work well, and identify opportunities when there are challenges. HSEE approaches evaluation as a learning partner and embeds organizational learning and development in all activities by focusing on collaboration and engagement. 

 Calgary Homeless Foundation is currently redesigning and enhancing the way performance is evaluated through the development of the Collective Learning and Evaluation Framework (CLEF), which leverages evaluation for the purposes of accountability, innovation, and strategic learning. Under the umbrella of this framework, multiple evaluations will be conducted in partnership with participating programs. The knowledge collected during the 12-month evaluation process will be used to maximize the learning value for the benefit of Calgary’s Homeless-Serving System of Care.  

Awarded to: Health Systems Evaluation and Evidence (HSEE) - Alberta Health Services 


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ICE Grants – Innovation, Capacity Building & Enhancement in ending homelessness grants

The Calgary Homeless Foundation is looking to support innovative programming, build capacity in agencies, and enhance current programs to further accelerate the end of homelessness in Calgary.

ICE Grant Funding has been suspended until next year.

Thank you for your ongoing leadership in community, your dedication to client-focused innovative solutions, and your commitment to working together to end homelessness in Calgary.

Previous ICE Grant Recipients: 

June 8, 2018 Deadline ICE Grant Award Recipients

August 31, 2018 Deadline ICE Grant Award Recipients