BASIC NEEDS FUND

 

The Basic Needs Fund is an emergency financial assistance fund, intended to help people out of an unforeseen crisis. The fund can be used to pay for; rent arrears, utility arrears, damage deposit, or first months rent when moving into a new premise.

For further information, connect with an Advocate today, on (403) 204-8280.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?

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Living in Calgary

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Able to afford your expenses under normal circumstances (I.e., your income is higher than your expenses).

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Living on a low income, or experiencing a temporary financial crisis.

 

Refer to the Low Income Cut Off chart below for a guide on whether your household meets the requirements.

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HOW CAN YOU APPLY?

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Connect with a Community Advocate

If you are eligible to apply, we encourage you to call a Community Advocate on 403-204-8280 and discuss the Basic Needs Fund program in more detail.

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Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will be approved for the fund.

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Funding is dispersed to eligible applicants on a first come, first served basis.

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Funding is released on a monthly basis.

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The average approved funding amount is $500. While we will always try to assist, we may not always be able to cover full amounts requested.

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Your application is not complete until you have provided Sunrise will all required documents.

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Successful applicants are encouraged to undergo Financial Literacy and Empowerment, or Life Skills programming;

  • Financial Coaching

  • Sunrise Savings

  • Taking Charge!

WHAT ARE THE TIME FRAMES?

Once you have submitted a complete application to the Basic Needs Fund, and have been accepted into the program, it can take between 1 to 2 weeks for funding to be dispersed.

WHAT DO I NEED FOR MY APPLICATION?

Once you have started your application process, you will need to provide Sunrise with the following documents to support your application.

  1. Photo ID for yourself (and your spouse/common-law partner if applicable)

  2. Copy of rent report or lease agreement

  3. Copy of your utility statement (if applicable)

  4. Copy of eviction or disconnection notice

  5. Copy of most recent monthly bank statement

  6. Copy of 2 most recent pay stubs (or if newly employed a letter from your employer stating your pay amount)

HOW CAN I SUBMIT MY DOCUMENTS?

Sunrise will accept documents emailed to us in the following format:

  1. Original soft copies (E.g. PDF of your statements from online banking)

  2. Scan of originals

  3. Picture of originals (Images taken with your phone will need to be clear and readable)