Housing Initiatives

Mobilizing, engaging and advocating for effective housing solutions

The Foundation supports projects that address homelessness and the scandalous lack of affordable housing through research, policy development, effective and independent communication initiatives, capacity building and advocacy within the sector. We want to hear from groups engaged in collective efforts to examine and craft solutions for the root causes of Canada's housing crisis.

We particularly want to support projects that advance the cause of affordable and appropriate housing in collaboration with First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, and that advance the cause of affordable and appropriate housing for newcomer, refugee and immigrant communities.

Housing Objectives

The Catherine Donnelly Foundation seeks to collaborate with organizations whose initiatives target the prevention and elimination of homelessness, as well as those advancing the cause of safe and affordable housing. We also wish to partner with groups advocating a shift from an emergency response model to a systems-based approach to housing in order to affect real change in the housing situation of marginalized and low-income populations.

Priority will be given to projects that seek to:

  • Mobilize public engagement/education, animate action through information dissemination and that advocate for sustainable solutions to Canada's homelessness and affordable housing crisis;
  • Advance public policy development in the housing sector;
  • Strengthen networks and collective strategies among non-profit housing groups and organizations.

The Catherine Donnelly Foundation is particularly drawn to projects that involve partnerships across organizational and sector lines (non-profit, public and private) and that value collaboration in pursuit of collective impact and sustainable change in the housing sector. Where possible, projects should be replicable.

Grants will be of a one-year duration with the possibility (if invited) to reapply for extended funding.

Please note that the Housing Initiatives area of focus of the Catherine Donnelly Foundation does NOT currently fund:

  • Capital campaigns (construction/renovation)
  • For its fall 2017 grant cycles, the Catherine Donnelly Foundation will not fund purely emergency response or support service provision by transitional housing organizations.


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