Canada Healthy Communities Initiative

Canada Healthy Communities Initiative

Open Call for Applications: non-governmental not-for-profit organizations

Infrastructure Canada is currently accepting applications from non-governmental not-for-profit organizations interested in supporting community responses to COVID-19 across Canada through the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative. Applications are due by October 16, 2020, by 23:59 PDT. For full details, please consult Open Call for Applications.

Infrastructure Canada is currently inviting eligible non-governmental not-for-profit organizations to participate in this call for applications.

The organization(s) selected through this call will receive up to $31 million in contribution funding over two years to identify and fund local solutions that can be put into place quickly to improve the lives of Canadians.

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About the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative

The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative (CHCI) will provide up to $31 million in existing federal funding to support communities as they deploy new ways to adapt spaces and services to respond to immediate and ongoing needs arising from COVID-19 over the next two years.

The initiative will support projects under three main themes:

  • Creating safe and vibrant public spaces
    • Projects that create or adapt existing public places such as parks, main streets, and indoor spaces that encourage safe cultural or physical activities, and local commerce.
  • Improving mobility options
    • Projects that permit physical distancing through permanent or temporary changes that make it easier for people to get around in their communities, whether walking, biking, accessing public and private transit, or other modes of transportation.
  • Digital solutions
    • Innovative digital projects that address changing community needs through the use of data and connected technologies.

Funding for the Initiative is being repurposed from existing funding for a second Smart Cities Challenge competition to support communities in dealing with the immediate and ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19.

Open Call for Applications: non-governmental not-for-profit organizations

Recognizing the great work not-for-profit organizations are already doing across Canada to help communities adapt to COVID-19, funding under the Initiative will be provided to one or more non-governmental not-for-profit organizations selected through an open call for applications.

Infrastructure Canada is currently inviting eligible non-governmental not-for-profit organizations to participate in this call for applications.

The organization(s) selected through this call will receive up to $31 million in contribution funding over two years to identify and fund local solutions that can be put into place quickly to improve the lives of Canadians.

How to submit an application

Note on applications

This call for applications is not for local project funding. If you are looking for support for a local project idea, please stay tuned for information about when and where you can apply for funding.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a federally or provincially registered non-governmental not-for-profit organization in good standing for the past five years. Applicants may submit an application as a single organization or as a lead applicant to a multi-party (consortium) application.

Please consult the Applicant Guide for information and criteria regarding applicant eligibility, application requirements, and additional guidance.

The deadline for receipt of applications is October 16, 2020, 23:59 PDT.

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative.

Contact us

Interested organizations are encouraged to contact the department at infc.chci-iccs.infc@canada.ca with questions about eligibility and other application requirements prior to the deadline.

Journalists may contact our media relations team at: (613) 960-9251 or via email at: infc.media.infc@canada.ca.