Funding Available for Family Support Networks and Supporting Organizations

The Ministry of Community and Social Services is launching a call for applications for funding for Family Support Networks (FSNs) and the organizations supporting them.

Family Support Networks are groups of family members or unpaid caregivers of people with developmental disabilities that provide peer-to-peer support. They help connect families and caregivers to one another and to appropriate supports and services, as well as support members through training, education, mentoring and future planning.

This funding will enhance the capacity of existing Family Support Networks and organizations supporting them, and encourage the creation of new networks across the province.

The new funding will be provided to FSNs and the organizations supporting them so that they can undertake activities, which will:

  • enhance the engagement of members;
  • promote communications and information-sharing among members; and
  • provide administrative support to the network or organization.

The Ontario government is investing $500,000 in annualized funding for Family Support Networks. This is part of a $12.5 million suite of initiatives first announced in June 2017 which will improve access to supports and services for people with developmental disabilities.

The ministry is interested in seeing a range of ideas being put forward for funding through this call for applications, and has set broad parameters around the types of activities that will be funded to allow applicants to support their own priorities.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their completed application form no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2018.

Please review the guidelines below prior to completing the application form. Details on how to complete and submit an application are included in the guidelines and application form.

If you need assistance, please email or call 416-325-4197.

Guidelines for Completing the Ministry of Community and Social Services’ Application Form for Funding for Family Support Networks

Application Form for Ministry of Community and Social Services Funding for Family Support Networks

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