The Community Housing Fund (CHF) is a collaboration between the Canadian Mental Health Association, PEI Division (CMHA-PEI) and the Province of Prince Edward Island to develop sustainable affordable housing.
The aim of this program is to support housing developments whether they are targeting affordability, vulnerable populations, assisted living, or those that require increased support. Funding under this program can be used to provide additional resources and support to develop solutions to PEI’s housing shortage.
- Community-based / service organizations
- Private Sector
The Fund has three categories:
1. Capacity Building & Research
Community capacity building refers to strengthening the skills and competencies of people and communities as well as local grassroots movements in order to achieve their goals. This category of funding can be utilized to build community capacity and / or undertake necessary research to support a proposed development.
Maximum funding under this category is $10,000 or 75% of project costs.
2. Project Management & Professional Services
Funding under this category can be used to hire an external resource(s) to assist with the planning and process of the housing project. This could be in the areas of business, accounting, or another skillset that is not within the applicant organization.
Maximum funding under this category is $50,000 or 75% of project costs.
3. Construction & Development
Grants for the construction of a housing facility including related services for engineering and architecture (as applicable). We expect that this fund is not the sole source of construction funds and that applicants have other grants or financing in place to support construction.
Maximum funding under this category is 25% of project costs up to a $1,000,000 contribution.
A six-member committee made up of individuals from CMHA-PEI, the private / non-profit sector, and the Province of Prince Edward Island will review applications submitted to the CHF. Applications are evaluated on the criteria below.
- Need in the community
- Benefits to PEI / community – how will it positively impact the local housing environment?
- Target market of the proposed development (seniors, families, special needs, etc.)
- Requested funding amount and other contributors to the project
- Experience of the applicants (track record)
- Results expected / objectives achieved
- Project self sufficiency
Preference will be given to later stage projects (nearing shovel ready) and projects being undertaken by non-profit / community organizations.
APPLICATION & DEADLINE
CMHA will accept applications until November 15th. Applications can be dropped off, emailed or mailed (postmarked by November 15th, 2019) to:
Canadian Mental Health Association, PEI Division
178 Fitzroy Street, PO Box 785
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7L9
Please note CMHA-PEI office hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm
Download a copy of the application HERE.
Cody Clinton, Dept. of Social Development and Housing
Shelley Muzika, Canadian Mental Health Association, PEI Division