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Regional Diversity Grants

Regional Diversity Grants

CHF Canada will fund innovative ideas and projects that promote diversity in your co-op community!  This is your opportunity to develop a project for your co-op, while at the same time encouraging and inspiring diversity initiatives across Canada!

Why a Diversity Grant?

CHF Canada supports diversity projects in co-operative communities. We want to help your co-op to promote and celebrate diversity and inclusion while also spreading the word about these initiatives to other co-ops across Canada.

Who can apply?

Any CHF Canada member co-op.

What do we mean by “ideas and projects that promote diversity”?

We mean projects that celebrate, and educate others about diversity and inclusion. By diversity and inclusion we mean respect for and appreciation of differences, including; ethnicity, gender identity and expression, nationality, sexual orientation, age, religion, gender, education, ability.

How much can you ask for?

Between $500 and $3,500.

What are the grant criteria?

Your project must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • educate CHF Canada’s members about diversity and inclusion
  • promote equity
  • develop leadership in underrepresented groups
  • be useful to other housing co-ops across Canada

How do I apply?

The Regional Diversity Grant is now being offered every second year. We are currently accepting applications for 2021. The application deadline is April 15, 2021. Successful applicants will receive the grant payment after submitting receipts and a final report no later than October 31, 2021.

What are the reporting requirements?

When your project is done, send us a final report of no more than one page. Tell us what you did, who did them, things you learned, and how your co-op benefitted from this initiative. Send us a summarized list of the costs and include receipts. Also send us pictures of your project. Submit the report and receipts no later than 31 October 2021.

Questions?

Contact jlapalme@chfcanada.coop.

Apply now!

    Contact Information:

    Application:

    Please try to limit your answers to a maximum of 250 words.

    1. Please give a short description of your project.

    2. What are the anticipated objectives and outcomes of your project?

    3. Describe who will lead the project and the anticipated timeline to put it in place.

    4. Please provide a breakdown of your budget.

    5. Describe which criteria your project meets and how.

    Terms and conditions

    Your housing co-op agrees that…

    1. CHF Canada and its staff may take steps to confirm the information in your grant application or final project report;
    2. you will not use the Regional Diversity Grant to pay for any work carried out before CHF Canada has approved your grant application;
    3. the grant will be spent only on the project described in this grant application;
    4. the project will be completed within the timeframe as described in your project plan. Any extension of this deadline will be at CHF Canada’s sole discretion;
    5. you will send a final project report and receipts, as described above when your project is complete;
    6. you agree to sign a commitment letter committing to the terms of the program.
    7. CHF Canada can share any documents or photographs you submit with sponsors and publish them on our website and on social media;
    8. the housing co-op will be solely responsible for any continuing costs arising from the project and any costs arising if it fails;
    9. CHF Canada can cancel the approval and recover any funds paid out if it learns that the project was not as described, or was not completed.
    10. CHF Canada reserves the right to accept or reject any or all applications. CHF Canada may reject any application which fails to comply with any of the requirements. No housing co-operative or its representatives shall have any cause of action against CHF Canada arising out of a failure to consider awarding a grant, or the methods by which applications are used or assessed, or the methods by which a final application may be selected or any grant awarded.





    Past Grant Recipients

    2019:

    • Vancouver East Housing Co-operative in East Vancouver, B.C., is developing a guide for inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity minority groups in housing co-ops across British Columbia. They plan to share their guide as a template for future projects in other provinces.
    • Garden Village Cooperative Homes in St. Catharines ON, is buying translation software so that they can correspond with members and provide important information in members’ preferred languages.
    • Harbourside Housing Co-op in Toronto, ON, received a grant to allow them to offer a KAIROS Blanket Exercise to members. The Blanket Exercise is a participatory history lesson designed help people understand the history of First Nations, Inuit and Métis treaty-making, colonization and resistance in Canada.
    • The Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto received funding to support their Aging in Place committee, Living in Diversity award, Black History Month events, Century of Co-operation awards, and the Diane Frankling Youth Award.

    2018:

    • Photo courtesy of the Community Living Society

      Kaslo Gardens Housing Co-op: Inspired by the work of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Kaslo Gardens is creating a dialogue and workshop series with a focus on social justice and environmental sustainability. Indigenous youth leaders will be invited to offer workshops on reconciliation to co-op youth.

    • The Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC) & the Community Living Society: CHF BC received a grant for their proposal to establish a partnership with the Community Living Society (CLS), a community-based non-profit group supporting adults with developmental disabilities, acquired brain injuries, and fetal alcohol syndrome. Under the proposed partnership, CLS will refer people to housing co-ops for consideration of membership.
    • The Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto: In Toronto, the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT) received a grant to continue several projects. During Black History Month, CHFT sponsors events at various co-ops to educate co-op members about the important contributions of Black Canadians. CHFT also honours older co-op members with its Century of Cooperation Awards, while promoting the idea to co-op organizations in other parts of the country.

    2017:

    • Photo courtesy of Sarcee Meadows Co-op.

      Sarcee Meadows Housing Co-op (AB): The co-op hosted a multicultural celebration where members dressed in culturally-specific attire and offered food, arts and crafts, and entertainment from their cultures.

    • John Fitzpatrick Steelworkers Housing Co-op (ON): The co-op purchased translation software with their grant funding.
    • Peel-Halton Co-operative Housing Federation (ON): PHCHF’s grant allowed them to market their Diversity Scholarship program.
    • Highfield Park Housing Co-op (NS): This Dartmouth, NS co-op created a community mural and art project.
    • The Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT): CHFT received funding to create a plaque for its Living in Diversity award, and to support its Aging in Place and Century of Co-operation events.

    2016:

    • Northern Alberta Co-operative Housing Association (NACHA): NACHA received a grant to develop a Diversity Scholarship program.
    • The Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT): CHFT received funding to create a plaque for its Living in Diversity award, and to support its Aging in Place and Century of Co-operation events.

    2015:

    • The Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT): CHFT received funding to create a Black History Month Poster and initiatives, to create a plaque for its Living in Diversity award, and to support its Aging in Place and Century of Co-operation events.

    2014:

    • Century of Co-operation honourees

      Metta Housing Co-op (ON): This Toronto co-op received funding to create a rooftop garden and host a diversity dinner.

    • Fédération des coopératives d’habitation montérégiennes (FECHAM): FECHAM received funding to offer diversity workshops and leadership development.
    • Peel-Halton Co-operative Housing Federation (PHCHFC) (ON): PHCHF’s grant allowed them to market their Diversity Scholarship program.
    • The Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (ON): CHFT received funding to create a Black History Month Poster and initiatives, to create a plaque for its Living in Diversity award, and to support its Aging in Place and Century of Co-operation events.