About Individualized Funding: What it is
The Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario uses the term Individualized Funding to include 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 of this in Ontario include: funding through the Passport and/or Special Services at Home Programs with the Ministry of Community and Social Services; funding through the Ministry of Health’s Direct Funding program for people with physical disabilities.
- Funds that are individualized and flow within the base budget of an agency on behalf of the person. (Examples: Individualized residential-type funding; funds agencies keep separated within their budget that are tracked for an individual, etc.
The common element for the different types of individualized funding is about 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) always 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.