Community Investment Fund
The Community Investment Fund invests in local initiatives delivered by not-for-profit community agencies and other partners. These initiatives target gaps in the delivery of human services, complement or enhance Regional programs and deliver on policy priorities set by Regional Council.
The Region is committed to strengthening community capacity and social infrastructure to improve the ability of communities to identify and respond to the needs of residents.
The application period for York Region’s Community Investment Fund, Mental Health stream, is now closed.
Applications are now being reviewed, and decisions will be issued in January 2023. Feedback on the results may not be available. Questions about this process can be directed to @email
Funding recommendations approved and communicated: January 2023
Funding agreements signed and release of funds: Early 2023 (Subject to Regional Council approval of the 2023 Budget)
Future of Community Investments
In October 2021, York Regional Council approved new goals and investment priorities for York Region’s Community Investment Program. Approved changes include:
- Supporting projects that address the needs of residents from marginalized and vulnerable groups that would most benefit from programs and services
- Investment priorities for 2022 and 2023; and
- A focus on responding to short-term gaps in community services
Please refer to the October 2021 report to Regional Council for more information. Implementation of program changes will continue over the coming months, and regular updates will be posted on this page.
The Community Development Newsletter is a weekly email that provides sector-based, up-to-date information on funding, professional development and training opportunities.
Have an inquiry about York Region’s Community Investment Fund? Interested in learning more or have an idea for a community project? Please connect with us at @email
Currently Funded Projects
360°Kids Support Services Inc.
360 Kids Pop-up Teams
Outreach, supports, and program activities for youth (ages 13 to 29) to increase opportunities for skills development, expand interests, build relationships and trust with service providers and peers, better integrate into communities, and improve feelings of social inclusion.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of York Region
Youth will receive one-to-one mentoring to address trauma and build resiliency for better mental health.
Canadian Mental Health Association
Connecting Social Housing Tenants to Mental Health Supports
Social housing residents will receive mental health and addiction supports to support their tenancy and improve landlord and tenant relations.
Catholic Community Services of York Region
Healthy Minds, Healthy Communities
Residents experiencing mental health issues will receive case management and counselling services, including multilingual psychotherapy and group mental health sessions.
CAYR Community Connections
Peer Links: Intergenerational Social Inclusion Programs for HIV + 2SLGBTO + York Region Residents
HIV+ 2SLGBTQ+ youth, adults and seniors will be offered peer support to strengthen knowledge, leadership and community engagement. A Virtual Visiting Program, digital storytelling and peer support are the main program activities.
Centre for Immigrant and Community Services
S.O.A.R Employment Training for Immigrant Women
Immigrant women living with low income will receive technical and soft skills training to help them find and maintain jobs.
Community Legal Clinic of York Region
Eviction Prevention Project
Tenants living with low income with emotional and mental health challenges, who are at risk of eviction, will receive legal support.
Cornerstone to Recovery
Training and Employment Preparation Program
Residents in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction will receive training and pre-employment supports to help them find and maintain employment.
COSTI Immigrant Services
Life Success Strategies
Participants learn life management skills to obtain and maintain jobs through a personal action plan, workshops, assessments and group engagement activities.
Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel-Halton
Community Counselling /Court Liaison
Women in conflict with the law will be provided with counselling to address social and emotional issues and support with community re-integration.
Family Services York Region
Families and Schools Together
Newcomer parents can work to strengthen parenting skills for academic performance, attendance and behavioural issues with their children. Group activities include curriculum-based learning.
Outreach and Counselling and Support for Culturally Diverse Residents
Newcomers can receive counselling and mentorship to address social and emotional issues. Counselling is delivered in the following languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Farsi, Tamil, Urdu, Punjabi, Spanish, Hindi, English and Arabic.
Future Possibilities for Kids
Connecting Kids and Communities
Children and youth can develop social, leadership and life skills through peer support networks in the community. Program participants have opportunities to set goals through active listening and experiential learning. The project has continuous recruitment for children aged nine to 12 and KidCoaches, which are volunteers who provide one-to-one support through weekly phone calls and activity days.
Georgina Trades Training Inc.
Skills, Education, Training (S.E.T) for Employment
Participants can prepare for employment through individualized employment plans, hands-on skills development and links to appropriate training programs to further their skills for employment.
Girls Inc. of York Region
Leadership Program for Girls
Girls (ages six to 18) strengthen their life skills through an after-school program located on Georgina Island. Topics covered include social media awareness, leadership, anti-bullying, nutrition, positive body image, self defense, active living and violence prevention.
Hong Fook Mental Health Association
East Asian Youth Mental Wellness ABC (Awareness, Balance and Connectedness)
Newcomer youth can access wrap-around, linguistically and culturally appropriate mental health supports for themselves and their parents.
Youth and Family Hub
Newcomer youth and their parents can develop confidence, social identity, leadership skills, resiliency and peer support networks at this culturally appropriate drop-in program. Parents develop parenting skills and knowledge to strengthen their children's mental wellness.
Multi-Community Building Project
Parenting education, youth projects, community events and wellness programs to help newcomers address cultural barriers and connect to resources.
Jewish Russian Community Centre of Ontario
JRCC Furniture Depot
Residents will be provided with gently used, donated furniture to help make their place feel like home.
Job Find Club Enhanced
Job seekers will receive job search and networking skills, based on labour market trends, to help them gain sustainable employment.
John Howard Society of York Region
Healthy Youth Preventative Education
Youth, ages 11 to 24, will be provided with activities that promote healthy relationships and target unhealthy behaviours to prevent bullying and violence. Individual and group activities develop self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, conflict resolution and other social and emotional learning skills.
Youth can access individual counselling sessions to support resilience, mental health concerns, and substance use awareness.
Youth Reach II
Youth, who have a history of conflict with the law, will receive employment counselling and job development services, at various locations, to support their search for employment.
Application Support Worker
Participants will be provided with case management to guide them through successfully completing the Ontario Disability Support Program application process.
Peer Support Outreach Program
People experiencing mental health challenges, addictions, homelessness and trauma will be offered peer support that includes engagement activities, referrals to other community resources, assistance with housing needs and employment supports.
Learning Disabilities Association of York Region
SOAR Mindful Transitions
Students in grades eight to 12, who have been diagnosed with a learning disability or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, gain practical coping and advocacy skills in one-to-one or group sessions.
Literacy Council of York-Simcoe
Essential Skills Development Program
Participants can access facilitated, self-paced training and workshops in basic and intermediate computer skills, including experience with computer-based applications, to increase labour market opportunities.
LOFT Community Services
LOFT Crosslinks Street Outreach
Residents dealing with homelessness, poverty, mental health and addiction issues will be provided with housing referrals and wrap-around supports, including food, harm reduction supplies, sexual health education and referrals to other services through a mobile van outreach.
York Region Campus
Youth will launch into sustainable IT careers through the sector-specific technical and soft skills training.
The Housing Help Centre
Information and Case Management
Residents can access and retain housing through workshops about housing rights and responsibilities, one-to-one case management, referrals and tenant mitigation services to stabilize housing.
The Food Bank of York Region
Housing co-operatives, community food banks and other agencies serving residents living with low to moderate income will receive food donated by the Ontario Association of Food Banks, Food Banks Canada, Second Harvest and other local community donors.
Women’s Centre of York Region
Enterprising Careers and Financial Empowerment
Women gain life skills and are supported in their career exploration to help them build networks and achieve financial independence and personal empowerment.
York Region Centre for Community Safety
Integrated and Coordinated Intake
Victims of domestic violence will receive referrals to, and support accessing, community services and programs.
York Region Food for Learning
Enhancing Nutrition Programs in Schools
York Region students will have access to breakfast and snack programs at schools identified as having a high population of families living with low to moderate income.
York Region Food Network
Good Food Hub
Activities including community kitchen sessions, a breakfast program, and gleaning. Workshops are also available to increase residents’ knowledge of healthy food preparation on a limited budget.
York Region Rose of Sharon Services for Young Mothers
Parenting and Personal Development Program
Young mothers receive counselling to address social and emotional issues as well as access to community supports and services, to help foster healthy interpersonal relationships.
Youth Assisting Youth
One-to-One and Group Mentoring Program
Children and youth engage in one-to-one and group mentoring to make connections, build skills and participate in leadership and community-based activities. Trained mentors, ages 16 to 29, are matched with mentees, ages six to 15, for the program.