Direct Social Services Grant Program

Direct Social Services grants are designed to support programs whose primary focus is reducing conditions that create vulnerability for residents. Direct Social Services grants fund core staff positions that support the effective and efficient delivery of programs. A minimum of 85% of a DSS grant must be used for staff salary and benefit expenses - the reamining 15% may be applied to program, administrative or other eligibile expenses.

Please read the information sheet below for more information. You can see what types of projects have received a DSS grant over the past 2 years by reviewing Council reports at 2019 Social Grants and 2018 Social Grants

Applications are now closed

Applications are being reviewed by City staff. Organizations may be contacted between now and late November for additional information or to arrange a visit to your organization.

Funding recommendations will be brought to Council for review and final decisions in February 2020. Approximately one week before the meeting, applicants will receive an email from the City Clerk’s office informing them of the meeting date, and providing a link to the full report containing all recommendations.

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Current status Closed
Deadline date for 2020 applications October 11, 2019