2021 REACHING HOME CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The United Way Peterborough & District (UWP) as the Community Entity for Peterborough City and
County is pleased to announce that a Reaching Home Call for Proposals for the period of November 1,
2021, to March 31, 2022 (Five months) is open. This funding has been allocated to our community to
help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the homeless population and to prevent the risk of
Canadians becoming homeless.

IMPORTANT – This funding must be spent by March 31, 2022.

COVID-19

Homelessness presents significant risks of contracting COVID-19 for a variety of reasons. People
living unsheltered have limited ability to prevent infection. If they become ill, transience makes
sustained contact for medical monitoring difficult. In addition, many people experiencing
homelessness have pre- existing health issues that create compromised immunity, and they may not
seek or have access to health care.
The public health guidance to mitigate risks of infection, such as self-isolation and social
distancing, assumes access to a private home. Inability to follow these guidelines represents a
significant risk of community transmission.
The RH directives have been updated, in light of the COVID-19 context, to include some additional
capacity and flexibility so as to better support communities as they address their housing and
homelessness needs.

REACHING HOME PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Reaching Home (RH): Canada’s Homelessness Strategy is a community-based program aimed at preventing
and reducing homelessness across Canada. This program provides funding to communities to help them
address their local homelessness needs.
Reaching Home supports the goals of the National Housing Strategy, in particular, to support the
most vulnerable Canadians in maintaining safe, stable and affordable housing and to reduce chronic
homelessness nationally by 50% by fiscal year 2027 to 2028.
Homelessness has an impact on every community in Canada. It affects individuals, families, women
fleeing violence, youth, seniors, veterans and people with disabilities.
By stabilizing the lives of homeless and at-risk individuals, RH contributes to the mission of
Employment and Social Development Canada to build a stronger and more competitive Canada, to
support Canadians in making choices that help them live productive and rewarding lives and to
improve Canadians’ quality of life.

FUNDING AVAILABLE

A total of $952,326 is available for applicants. There is no restriction or maximum on the amount
of funding an applicant may request. The quantity and quality of proposals received will determine
the number of projects funded and the amount of funding each project receives.
This is one time funding and must be utilized on or before March 31, 2022.

PROCESS AND TIMELINES

All proposals, that are complete and submitted on time, will be evaluated by the RH Community
Advisory Board (CAB). Proposals will be scored using a standard set of scoring tools assessing the
proposals alignment to the objective, outcomes and deliverables identified in this Request for
Proposal document.

RFP Details Released to Community            October 8, 2021
Proposal Deadline                                         October 22, 2021
CAB Review of Proposal                               October 27, 2021
Notification of Funding Decision                  October 29, 2021

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Proposals received will be scored based on the following criteria:

  1. Experience & Capacity
  2. Project Need, Rationale & Design
  3. Project Evaluation Methodology & Alignment to Outcomes
  4. Community Collaboration & Coordination
  5. Financial Stability & Oversight
  6. Project Sustainability

       Scoring Grid

5 = Exceeds Standard         3 = Meets Standard         1 = Below Standard        0 = Does not meet criteria

Funding decisions will be guided by Peterborough’s Homelessness Plan and the Peterborough Homelessness Coordinated Access System.

PRIORITY AREAS

Eligible activities and expenses are grouped into the following five priority areas.

  1. Housing Services
  2. Prevention and shelter diversion
  3. Health & Medical (COVID-19 context)
  4. Support services
  5. Capital Investments

FORMS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS

• FUNDING APPLICATION
• PROPOSED BUDGET FORM
• STAFF SUMMARY DOCUMENT
• APPLICATION AND BUDGET GUIDE
• SUSTAINABILITY CHECKLIST AND GUIDE
• TOOL TO ASSIST IN DEVELOPING A CAPITAL PROJECT
• REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
• ELIGIBLE AND INELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

*** Please ensure that you save the documents to your computer before completing them.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

For your application to be considered complete and to proceed through the review process you must
ensure the following documents are included in the emailed submission:

FUNDING APPLICATION complete with all required signatures.
o If electronic signatures are not available, a scanned PDF file of #4.4 DECLARATION with all
signatures present will be accepted.
PROPOSED BUDGET FORM
STAFF SUMMARY DOCUMENT Not needed for Capital Investments
• LETTERS OF SUPPORT – Mandatory for Capital Investments

SUBMITTING YOUR REACHING HOME FUNDING APPLICATION

Email your completed application form and budget to: reachinghome@uwpeterborough.ca

IMPORTANT:

  • The deadline for completed applications is October 22, 2021
  • Incomplete applications or applications received after this deadline will be reviewed after all
    other applications have been processed.
  • UWP will send a reply email to confirm receiving your application. If you have not received such
    an email within two business days of sending, please follow up with an email to the address above.

IMPORTANT:

  • Applications must be submitted via email in the original fillable PDF (application) and Excel
    (Budget and Staff Summary) format.
  • Sustainability plans and letters of support can be sent in either word or PDF format. Where
    necessary the scanned signature page will be accepted.
  • Please do not attach any documents other than what is required on the application forms.

UWP reserves the right to ask for additional information as the review process moves forward.

If you have questions about the funding application or budget form, please refer to the REACHING HOME APPLICATION AND BUDGET GUIDE first.  All additional questions regarding this RFP should
be directed to: reachinghome@uwpeterborough.ca

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