About Individualized Funding: What it is
The Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario uses the term Individualized Funding as an umbrella term that includes different types of funding that are individualized. Some examples in Ontario are:
- Direct funding – funds that flow direct to a person and their family or network depending on age and disability. Examples in Ontario include: 1/ funding through Passport and/or Special Services at Home, programs funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services; 2/ funding allocated through Direct Funding-Self Managed Attendant Services for people with physical disabilities funded by Ministry of Health.
- Funds that are individualized and flow through the base budget of an agency on behalf of the person. (Examples: Individualized residential-type funding; Housing Task Force funds, etc.)
The common element for the different types of individualized funding is who has the control and decision-making power for the funds. The family when funds are for a child living with a disability, and the person as an adult (with support of friends and family as needed), have the control. They direct what happens with individualized funding, including how the funds will be spent. They may do this through the use of a contract called a personal support agreement.
Check out this power point presentation developed by the Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario to learn more about individualized funding: About Individualized Funding-Fall 2021