Niagara Prosperity Initiative Background

The Niagara Prosperity Initiative was established by Niagara Region in 2008, and provides an annual investment to support poverty reduction and prevention activities. Using a research-based approach to address the root causes of poverty, the Niagara Prosperity Initiative distributes resources where they will have the greatest effect.

Proposals are invited from the community for outlined projects that will provide an effective service to address poverty for residents of Niagara.

The Niagara Prosperity Initiative is committed to providing supports to help our community rebuild and recover from the devastating impacts of COVID-19. We know the pandemic has exacerbated and amplified many of the issues caused by poverty. To address this, the 2022 Niagara Prosperity Initiative request for proposals will target needs in the areas of:

  • Indigenous wellbeing
  • Early childhood development
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Food security
  • Domestic violence
  • Living wage


Through projects in these target areas, the Niagara Prosperity Initiative aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Low-income people become more self-sufficient
  • The conditions in which low-income people live are improved
  • People with low incomes are engaged and active in building opportunities in communities
  • Partnerships among supporters and providers of services to low-income people are achieved
  • Agencies increase their capacity to achieve results
  • Low-income people, especially vulnerable populations, achieve their potential by strengthening family and other supportive environments

The ultimate goal of the Niagara Prosperity Initiative is to reduce poverty in Niagara.

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