Make a Plan

Make a Plan

The planning stage might be the most complex and arguably most critical, it includes everything from forming strong relationships and partnerships, to securing financial support and acquiring assets to make it happen.

The following are common components of the planning stage:

Develop partnerships, and build relationships – The most effective hubs develop strong networks within their communities, and beyond, underpinned by shared values and buy-in to the vision.

Develop your strategic objectives – Develop a set of clear objectives that set out what you will actually do in order to achieve your mission.

Develop a business model for your hub – While grant funding may be hugely important in helping hubs get going, overreliance on grants will make your community hub vulnerable. Community hubs often have quite complex business models, relying on a range of income sources to cover their costs.

Acquire required assets — Community hubs commonly are acquired through asset transfer, purchased directly, or built from scratch.

Establish an appropriate governance structure – Before formally taking over the management of a building, employing any staff, or securing funding, an organisation will need to be formally set up.

Use these resources to navigate this complex and critical stage on your path to a successful and vibrant community hub.

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Templates & Tools

Financing and Funding

Community Hubs Capital Funding: Minor Retrofits and Accessibility Ontario Ministry of Education

As a response to recommendations in Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan, the province committed to supporting the use of schools as community hubs.

In May, 2016, the Province announced a $90 million investment to further enable the development of community hubs by expanding child care and child and family support programs in schools and create spaces in schools for community use.

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Community Health Capital Planning (CHCP) – Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

The CHCP — which provides a unified approach for the funding of community health care infrastructure projects in Ontario — already has a funding stream dedicated to community health projects involving integrated facilities. The new policy, adopted in expands the eligibility criteria to make funding more accessible for integrated service models.

The types of community sector Health Service Providers (HSPs) and organizations who provide direct service related Programming, and were specifically-named in the prior policy continue to be eligible under the CHCP policy for dedicated Capital Funding. These include:

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Other Resources