The General Community Crisis Response Fund provides one-time financial assistance for projects that address a specific violent incident/crisis in a community (local neighbourhood or community of common bond) and contribute to community capacity building and/or healing.
The fund and application have been updated to enhance access to financial resources for impacted communities to lead and deliver projects that promote community healing and capacity building. Projects must meet all eligibility criteria to be considered for funding.
Projects are required to follow public health guidelines and trustee procedures/policies with regards to physical distancing.
Funding will support projects for up to a six-month period or as amended with direction from the Medical Officer of Health.
The Community Crisis Response Fund (CCRF) has two streams: General and Youth-led Projects. If you are looking to submit an application as youth-led and youth-driven project for MVP Youth, please refer to the Youth-Led Projects application. Please note that your application will only be assessed under one of the fund streams.
Faith-based groups can apply to the fund to assist with healing and capacity building as a result of an incident of community violence. For example, the fund can be used to support the accessibility of community healing and recovery activities such as healing circles, meditation, or mindfulness. The fund cannot be used to financially support religious-based activities or programs.
Incorporated/unincorporated not-for-profit faith-based groups can now apply to the fund without the support of a local, not-for-profit organization.
Newly formed faith-based groups without not-for-profit status will still be required to work with a local, not-for-profit organization to apply to and access the fund. To access the fund, those faith-based groups will need to do the following:
Groups who apply without a clear demarcation between religious and community healing and capacity-building functions at the program and budget levels are not eligible for this fund. All eligibility criteria will need to be met in order to apply.
The project or activity must meet all of the following:
Project funds requested for subsidizing individual needs and/or to fund existing community programs, services and/or initiatives responding to COVID-19 needs, are not eligible.
The funding limit has now been increased to $5,000 per request. Your application must demonstrate that your initiative responds to a community-wide trauma-inducing incident with activities delivered and spaces cultivated to support the community. Funding priority will be given to applications that meet the following criteria and guidelines:
The following examples describe activities and initiatives that can be supported by the fund:
It is strongly recommended that you contact the Community Development Officer in your area before applying. A list of Community Development Officers is provided below.
Applications will be reviewed weekly and a decision will be sent via e-mail within five to 10 business days of the acknowledgement receipt of the application. Any inaccurate or incomplete information could result in the application being removed from consideration for funding. Should the City require any clarification on the application, we will contact the applicant via email.
Should you have any questions about the Community Crisis Response Fund, please contact the Community Development Officer for your area.
Saleha Nahdi – Etobicoke
Kevin Bourne – Etobicoke/York-South Weston
Temesgen Ghebremicael – North York
Stephanie Mazerolle – Toronto/Central
Linda Ho – Toronto/Central
Matthew Dewar – East York/Toronto
Thipika Balakrishnan – Scarborough
This fund is intended to assist communities (local neighbourhood or community of common bond) and faith-based groups with one-time funding to develop or implement their own crisis response projects and devise support tools in order to improve community resiliency and wellbeing.
For the purpose of the fund, a crisis is a community-wide, trauma-inducing physical act of violence (i.e. shooting, shots fired, stabbing or gang-related activity. Community violence based on gang-related activities can include: raids and threats of community harm and victimization) that may or may not result in life-threatening injury or death. The crisis must have an impact on the living conditions or health status of the community and prevent the normal coping ability within the community.