The fund, worth $500,000 in total, goes towards projects tied to one of five territorial anti-poverty strategy pillars:

Child and family support

Healthy living and reaching potential

Safe and affordable housing

Sustainable communities

Integrated continuum of service

Last year, the fund received approximately $200 million worth of requests for funding – 400 times its budget.

Despite such a sizable difference in supply and demand, Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy says there are no plans to increase the current fund.