The Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership is pleased to announce the launch of two open calls for support for initiatives that facilitate the welcoming, settling and integration of immigrants and refugees in Waterloo Region. Organizations, groups and individuals can now apply for support through the Immigration Partnership Fund for Immigrant and Refugee Initiatives and the Fund for Immigrant Economic Wellbeing. 

You may also want to check out these other funding opportunities that are currently open:
• Region of Waterloo Upstream Fund

Immigration Partnership Fund for Immigrant and Refugee Initiatives

 Establishment of the Fund  


The Immigration Partnership Fund for Immigrant and Refugee Initiatives is a fund held at Waterloo Region Community Foundation, that people can donate to if they want to support immigrants and refugees coming to Waterloo Region. A Committee, led by Immigration Partnership, will receive requests for support and make decisions on allocation of support. As host of the Immigration Partnership, the Region of Waterloo enters agreements and administers funding with successful applicants.

 Background and Purpose 
 

Waterloo Region is a community of immigration and a resettlement community for refugees in Canada. The Immigration Partnership Fund for Immigrant and Refugee Initiatives was established at Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation in 2017. This Fund is a signal of the welcoming community Waterloo Region strives to be, and encourages the generosity of local residents so that all immigrants can reach their full potential. It is the legacy and tribute to the Immigration Partnership Council Fund for Syrian Newcomers, started in early 2016 by Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation and the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation (two organizations that have now unified to become Waterloo Region Community Foundation), through which over $800,000 in donations were raised and allocated to initiatives which eased the transition of Syrian families in the community.

 Focus
 

What happens around the world has impacts here. When the Taliban took over in Afghanistan in the summer of 2021 and Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2021, the Canadian government responded with a series of humanitarian measures. Right now, Canada is working to welcome up to 40,000 Afghan refugees and an unlimited number of Ukrainians fleeing war. Some of these people will come to live in Waterloo Region.

The Fund is currently focused on facilitating the welcoming, settling and integration of Ukrainians fleeing war and Afghan and other refugees arriving in Waterloo Region. While these groups are the primary focus of current efforts any initiative supported can benefit other vulnerable refugee and other newcomers. It is currently intended that most supported initiatives will address the individual needs with less focus on organizational programming.

 Eligibility
 

Agencies and individuals involved in the settlement and integration of Ukrainians fleeing war and Afghan and other refugees in Waterloo Region are eligible to apply for support from the Immigration Partnership Fund for Immigrant and Refugee Initiatives.

Agencies and individuals/groups directly involved in the settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees in Waterloo Region are eligible to apply for support from the Immigration Partnership Fund for Immigrant and Refugee Initiatives.  Applicants should have a history of working in this field and must be one of the following:

1)  a not for profit corporation incorporated under either federal or provincial legislation (a “Corporation”).

2) Agencies or initiatives that are not Corporations are eligible to apply for support via a sponsoring agency that is a Corporation and who will sign the funding agreement, or

3)  by designating one individual applicant to sign the funding agreement ,

In such cases listed above,  the signing sponsoring Corporation or individual shall be bound by all obligations under the funding agreement, including without limitation  reporting on the funds received.

Immigrants and refugees can request support via a sponsoring Corporation and in cases with a sponsoring Corporation (i.e. item 2 above), the sponsoring Corporation should submit the application with reference to the initiative being supported.

Individuals and groups (i.e., private sponsorship groups or others) should designate a lead applicant (i.e. item 3 above) who bears full responsibility for use of and reporting on the funds received.

 Grant Criteria
 

The Immigration Partnership of Waterloo Region is collaboration of organizations and individuals working together to create the conditions for immigrants to succeed and help build a welcoming, dynamic community for everyone. Initiatives supported through the Fund will align with the strategic pillars of the Immigration Partnership: Settle, Work and Belong.

Grants will be considered that support the immediate and longer-term settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees living in Waterloo Region where there is a demonstrated need due to unforeseen and/or extraordinary costs which are beyond the capacity of supportive agencies or individuals to provide (for example, large dental bills that are not covered through applicable insurances, targeted programming, etc.).

The Fund cannot be used:

  • To replace 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 costs incurred prior to arrival in Waterloo Region.
  • For temporary loan purposes.

Funded initiatives should not conflict with or duplicate the applicant’s agreements with other funding bodies or resources available from other sources.

Applications will be considered for funding for up to one year. Applicants 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 settlement and integration needs. Grants will be awarded:

  • For minimum $1,000 and maximum $5,000 to individuals/groups and agencies for unforeseen and/or extraordinary settlement costs for individual refugees.
  • For minimum $5,000 and maximum $25,000 to agencies for 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. 

 Request Process
 
  1. Prospective applicants can email or request a short consultation to ask questions at: ImmigrationPartnership@regionofwaterloo.ca.
  2. Requests for support can be submitted on an ongoing basis.
  3. Applicants can request an interpreter to assist with their submission at ImmigrationPartnership@regionofwaterloo.ca.
  4. Applicants can request to submit a verbal application (we interview you with the application questions and submit on your behalf) at ImmigrationPartnership@regionofwaterloo.ca.
  5. Applications received by the 4:00pm on the first Wednesday of the month will be reviewed in that month. Applications received after that time will be deferred to the next round.
  6. Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of the full application package.
  7. Decisions on requests will be communicated to applicants as soon as they are available.
  8. A brief impact report/statement must be submitted within 90 days of the end of the agreement as per the terms and conditions of the funding agreement.
  9. Applicants are encouraged to seek support from other sources as well. 
 Submitting a Request
 

To complete and submit your request:

  1. Type your application directly in the online form.
  2. Once the forms are complete, review and submit.
  3. All sections of the application are required. Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.
  4. Submission of the request is considered authorization and acceptance of all terms and conditions of the grant process – no signature is required.
 Notes
 

All grant decisions will be considered final. Decisions cannot be appealed but updated requests can be made. Fund allocation will be conditional upon the availability of funds in the Immigration Partnership Fund for Immigrant and Refugee Initiatives.

Immigration Partnership Fund for Immigrant and Refugee Initiatives grants are made possible through community donations to The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. Successful applicants will be requested to acknowledge this support.

The Region of Waterloo and the members of the Immigration Partnership Council, and their respective elected officials, officers, employees and agents shall not be liable to the Grant Recipient for any cost, expense, claim, or for any liability related to any injury or damage, arising out of the Grant Recipient’s sponsorship, use of the Grant or otherwise.

 Application Form
https://row.blitzen.com/form/IPFundforImmigrantandRefugeeInitiativesApplicationForm 

Fund for Immigrant Economic Wellbeing

 Establishment of the Fund
 

The Immigrant Economic Wellbeing Fund was established in 2022 as a component of the Region of Waterloo’s Equity Fund. It was established to create a community-led, region-administered, easy-to-access fund to enhance the economic wellbeing of immigrants in Waterloo Region. It will invest directly in the capacity of community based groups and in community based programming to improve immigrant employment and entrepreneurship outcomes and economic wellbeing. In 2022, there is $1million in funding available.

 Background and Purpose
 

Waterloo Region is a community of immigration and is a resettlement community for refugees in Canada. Immigrants in Waterloo Region consistently report that meaningful employment is their greatest challenges, and one of their greatest indicators of success once found. For many immigrants, and especially those who are racialized, it is very difficult to land meaningful jobs where they can contribute their full skills and experience. Once they do, it is great source of pride, accomplishment and wellbeing. On the other hand, employers report many (real and perceived) challenges to hiring and retaining immigrant employees, and require support to fully realize the potential of the immigrant labour force in Waterloo Region.

 Current Focus
 

The focus of this fund is to positively impact the chronic unemployment and underemployment of immigrants in Waterloo Region. It aims to address the disproportionate, negative employment impacts of the pandemic on recent immigrants. It also aims to help build and strengthen relationships between community based groups and regional and other mainstream systems, organizations and programs by supporting formal and informal partnership approaches to economic wellbeing initiatives. It encourages employer engagement and partnerships.

For the Immigration Partnership, the term “immigrants” includes people living in Waterloo Region who were born outside of Canada and may now be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, temporary residents or foreign nationals. Particular attention will be paid to initiatives that focus on the economic wellbeing of immigrants who are racialized, women and youth who have arrived in the last 5 years, and internationally trained professionals in need of reskilling, upskilling or more occupational language or communication supports. 

 Eligibility
 

Agencies, individuals/groups and businesses involved in the settlement, integration and economic wellbeing of immigrants and refugees in Waterloo Region are eligible to apply for support from the Fund. Immigrant-led groups, especially those led by racialized immigrants, women and youth, are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have a history of working in this field and must be one of the following:

1)  a not for profit corporation incorporated under either federal or provincial legislation (a “Corporation”).

2) Agencies or initiatives that are not Corporations are eligible to apply for support via a sponsoring agency that is a Corporation and who will sign the funding agreement, or

3)  by designating one individual applicant to sign the funding agreement ,

In such cases listed above,  the signing sponsoring Corporation or individual shall be bound by all obligations under the funding agreement, including without limitation  reporting on the funds received.

Immigrants and refugees can request support via a sponsoring Corporation and in cases with a sponsoring Corporation (i.e. item 2 above), the sponsoring Corporation should submit the application with reference to the initiative being supported.

Individuals and groups (i.e., private sponsorship groups or others) should designate a lead applicant (i.e. item 3 above) who bears full responsibility for use of and reporting on the funds received.

 Grant Criteria
 

The Immigration Partnership of Waterloo Region is collaboration of organizations and individuals working together to create the conditions for immigrants to succeed and help build a welcoming, dynamic community for everyone. Initiatives supported through the Fund will align with the strategic focus priorities of the Immigration Partnership, with a focus on immigrant economic wellbeing.

Funding allocations will be considered that support the immediate and longer-term employment, entrepreneurship and economic wellbeing of immigrants living in Waterloo Region where there is a demonstrated need.

The Fund cannot be used:

  • To duplicate financial support committed by other funders.
  • To offset travel or other costs incurred prior to arrival in Waterloo Region.
  • For temporary loan purposes.

Funded initiatives should not conflict with the applicant’s agreements with other funding bodies or resources available from other sources.

Applications will be considered for funding for initiatives that start in late 2022 and run up to two years. Applicants may apply for funding more than one time. Funding that supports otherwise unsupported employment, entrepreneurship or economic welling costs for individual immigrants will be made available on a one-time basis.

Allocations may not provide full funding in all cases and is not intended to be the sole solution to local immigrant employment, entrepreneurship and economic wellbeing needs. Funding allocations will be awarded:

  • For minimum $1,000 and maximum $5,000 to individuals/groups and agencies for otherwise unsupported employment, entrepreneurship or economic wellbeing costs for individual immigrants.
  • For minimum $5,000 and maximum $100,000 to agencies for programming.
  • For minimum $5,000 and maximum $100,000 to immigrant-led and other businesses.

Larger allocations may be awarded should sufficient need be demonstrated and available funds allow.

The total amount of grants awarded will not exceed the availability of money in the Fund ($1million for 2022). 

 Request Process
 
  1. Prospective applicants can attend information and exploration sessions on DATES. These may be held collaboratively with the Waterloo Region Community Foundation and the Region of Waterloo. They can also email or request a short consultation to ask questions at: ImmigrationPartnership@regionofwaterloo.ca.
  2. Requests for support can be submitted online between 2 Aug and 23 Sept 2022.
  3. Applicants can request an interpreter to assist with their submission at ImmigrationPartnership@regionofwaterloo.ca.
  4. Applicants can request to submit a verbal application (we interview you with the application questions and submit on your behalf) at ImmigrationPartnership@regionofwaterloo.ca.
  5. Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of the full application package.
  6. Decisions on requests will be communicated to applicants as soon as they are available.
  7. Agreements will be finalized and monies transferred to successful applicants before the end of Dec 2022.
  8. A brief impact report/statement must be submitted within 90 days of the end of the agreement per the terms and conditions of the agreement.
  9. Applicants are encouraged to seek support from other sources as well. 
 Submitting a Request
 

To complete and submit your request:

  1. Type your application directly in the online form.
  2. Once the forms are complete, review and submit.
  3. All sections of the application are required. Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.
  4. Submission of the request is considered authorization and acceptance of all terms and conditions of the grant process – no signature is required.
 Notes
 

All grant decisions will be considered final. Decisions cannot be appealed. Funding allocation will not exceed $1million in 2022.

The Immigrant Economic Wellbeing Fund is made possible via the Region of Waterloo’s Equity Fund. Successful applicants will be requested to acknowledge this support.

The Region of Waterloo and the members of the Immigration Partnership Council, and their respective elected officials, officers, employees and agents shall not be liable to the Grant Recipient for any cost, expense, claim, or for any liability related to any injury or damage, arising out of the Grant Recipient’s sponsorship, use of the Grant or otherwise.

 Application Form

Agency, Individual or Group:
https://row.blitzen.com/form/IPFundforImmigrantEconomicWellbeingApplicationFormAgencyIndividual


Business:
https://row.blitzen.com/form/IPFundforImmigrantEconomicWellbeingApplicationFormBusiness 

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