Employment and Social Development Canada: Community Capacity and Innovation Stream, Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy


Employment and Social Development Canada


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


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

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


Educational institutions are one of the organizations that are eligible to apply to the Call for Concepts. On the application, under Organization Type select “Public,” and under Organization Category select “Public degree-granting universities.”

See Eligibility.

Funding Availability

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
  • 2022 to 2023
  • 2023 to 2024

Indirect Costs

40% (research contract)

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit your application, along with an OR-5 Form to research.services@uoguelph.ca. ORS needs to sign the Attestation section of the application form. 

External Deadline

Applicant to submit Call for Concepts June 11, 2021 at 11:59 pm Pacific time (2:59 a.m. Friday, Eastern time).

How to Apply

Steps to apply

Apply by email

  1. Read the applicant guide to complete your concept application form

  2. Complete the concept application form

  3. Submit your application and OR-5 form to the Office of Research Services by the internal deadline: June 3, 2021 - 4:30 pm.

  4. Send your concept application by email to the Sponsor no later than June 10, 2021 - 11:59 pm: hkd-dci@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Note: You may wish to include scanned letters of support from partner organizations as part of your concept application. While the Sponsor 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.

For Questions, please contact

Employment and Social Development Canada

If you have inquires about this Call for Concepts process, please send them by email to hkd-dci@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca.

The Sponsor will answer questions received by June 11, 2021, 9 am Pacific time (12:00 pm Eastern time).

Office of Research

Kristin Zimmermann, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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