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Grants - Syrian newcomer fund

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The Immigration Partnership will now receive applications and provide grants to community agencies and private sponsors directly involved in the resettlement of Syrian refugees. Applications for the final round will be accepted until 4 p.m. on March 1, 2017.

Priority will be given to projects and initiatives geared towards:

  • Helping Syrian refugees access health and mental health services, affordable housing, language training and language supports.
  • The development of community supports geared towards navigating systems and community integration. 

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The Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers was established by the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation and the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation. Waterloo Region has always welcomed refugees. Already in 2016 around 1,150 Syrian refugees have arrived in Waterloo Region. This exceeds the region's yearly intake of refugees by over 250%. The Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers was created to respond to emerging gaps and needs in sponsorship and services for Syrian refugees to ensure their successful settling, working and belonging in Waterloo Region.

Eligibility

Agencies and private sponsors directly involved in the resettlement and integration of Syrian refugees in Waterloo Region are eligible to apply for support from the Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers. Agencies should have a history of working in this field and be incorporated under either federal or provincial legislation. Agencies or initiatives that are not formally established are eligible to apply for support via a registered sponsoring agency. In those cases the sponsoring agency should submit the application with reference to the initiative being supported and will hold full responsibility for the use and reporting on the funds received. Private sponsors applying for support from the Fund should designate a lead applicant who will hold full responsibility for the use and reporting on the funds received.

Grant Criteria

The Immigration Partnership of Waterloo Region is a community-wide initiative to support the successful settlement, integration and community involvement of refugees and immigrants. Grant-making through the Fund will align with the strategic pillars of the Immigration Partnership: Settle, Work and Belong.

Grant-making priorities will be to support projects and initiatives geared towards:

  • Systems navigation and the development of community supports geared towards settling and community integration.
  • Access of Syrian refugees to health and mental health services, affordable housing, language training and language supports.

Applications supporting resettlement and integration in other ways may be considered. 

Applications that will benefit community members who are not Syrian refugees will be considered provided that Syrian refugees are the primary target of the application and will directly benefit from the work.  

Grants will be considered that support the longer-term resettlement and integration of Syrian refugees living in Waterloo Region where there is a demonstrated need due to:

  • Unforeseen and/or extraordinary costs in the resettlement of Syrian refugees (for example, large dental bills that are not covered through applicable insurances) which are beyond the financial undertakings and capacity of Reception House or private sponsors;
  • Gaps in existing services and emerging service needs due to the influx of a significant number of Syrian refugees.

The Fund cannot be used: 

  • To replace or supplement the financial support that the federal government and private sponsors commit to providing, such as rent, clothing, food, furniture, household goods, transportation, household and school start-up assistance, etc.
  • To offset travel or other resettlement costs incurred prior to their arrival in or en route to Waterloo Region. 
  • For temporary loan purposes.

Funding cannot conflict with or duplicate the applicant's agreements with other funding bodies.

Applications will be considered for funding for a maximum of one year. Organizations may apply for funding more than one time per year. Funding that supports the unforeseen and/or extraordinary settlement costs for individual refugees will be made available on a one-time basis. Grant-making may not provide full funding in all cases and is not intended to be the sole solution to local resettlement and integration needs. Grants will be awarded:

  • For minimum $1,000 and maximum $2,500 to private sponsors and Reception House for unforeseen and/or extraordinary settlement costs for individual refugees.
  • For minimum $10,000 and maximum $25,000 to agencies for services and programming. 

In exceptional circumstances, larger grants may be awarded should sufficient need be demonstrated and available funds allow.

The total amount of grants awarded will be dependent on the availability of money in The Fund received from The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation and the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation.

Application Process:

  1. Applications can be submitted online on an ongoing basis.
  2. Applications received by March 9, 2016 month will be reviewed in that month. Thereafter, applications received by the first Wednesday of the month will be reviewed in that month.
  3. Applicants will have the ability to email themselves a copy of the fully completed application information.
  4. Funding decisions will be communicated to applicants as soon as they are available.
  5. A report and accounting of expenses (including receipts) must be submitted within 90 days of the grant completion date.
  6. Applicants are encouraged to seek support from peers in the community where needed while completing the application. Urgent inquiries can be sent to: IPSyrianNewcomerFund@regionofwaterloo.ca. The email subject line should read "Question: {INSERT NAME OF APPLICANT}"