Tuesday $ Menu

Good morning Fund Fans!  We’ve got an ecclectic menu of funding opportunities for you today!!  But first…

Did you know that 2012 is the International Year of Cooperatives?  Shyah, no kidding!  If there was ever a blog post to share with all your community garden friends and Farmers Marketeers, it’s this one.  Apparently, on January 12th, 2012 co-operators and co-op supporters from around Canada came together to celebrate the 2012 UN International Year of Co-operatives. Fourteen cities across Canada hosted 14 simultaneous events to mark this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to raise public awareness of co-operatives and their social and economic contributions to society, to support the growth and development of co-operatives in Canada and around the world and to begin legacy initiatives that will outlive the International Year and inspire others to support the co-operative movement.

So where’s the money?  The Cooperative Development Initiative (CDI) offers three program suites to help start, develop and maintain new co-ops.  The funding range for projects is between $5,000 and $75,000 per project per year. Multi-year projects are allowable (up to three years).  Deadline appears to be March 31st, 2012 as CDI requires project budgets to follow an April 1 fiscal year.  Please note that current website information states that projects must be completed before December 31st 2012 , since the program ends on March 31, 2013.  However, based on the efforts being undertaken to celebrate the International Year of Cooperatives I think we can expect this program to have a renewed mandate past 2013.  So, go ahead and start cooperating!

Next on todays Money Menu is the Canada Wildlife Federation’s Endangered Species Fund.  This program is geared towards supporting research that will benefit the conservation of threatened aquatic species which are often overlooked by other conservation agencies.  Projects must address marine or freshwater species at risk in Canada particularly those designated by COSEWIC as at-risk or data deficient. The fund will focus primarily on aquatic and marine species including reptiles, amphibians, arthropods, molluscs, sea birds, shorebirds, fish and marine mammals. It will also consider projects addressing iconic, terrestrial species at risk such as the polar bear or caribou.  Grants typically range from $5,000 – $30,000 on an annual basis. Multiple year submissions may be considered if a good research plan is presented.  Deadline is March 15th, 2012.  I’d like to point out that this kind of fund and project is not beyond the reach of the Average Joe.  All you really need to do is collaborate with a community environmental group or a school, have a Registered Professional Biologist involved and make damn sure your budget and project reports are awesome.  I can help you with this so please visit my website or my FaceBook page and get in touch.

For dessert, I recommend having a look-see at Community Gaming Grants.  Yes, I know they’ve had a bad rap over the last little while but it seems like they are turning a new leaf and opening their pocket-book a bit more.  If you’re a new organization that has never been funded before and you have a fully filled out application package you’ll be a shoe-in for sure.  The application period for Arts, Culture and Sport is from February 1st to May 31st and they pledge to let you know by August 31st.  On-line application is available.  Funding to a maximum of $100,000 annually may be approved for any combination of program costs and minor capital project costs. Groups designated as provincial organizations, which deliver services province-wide, may be eligible for up to $250,000 per year. Groups designated as regional organizations may be eligible for grants of up to $225,000 per year. (An organization may be considered regional if it meets one or both of the following conditions: It delivers programs/services from more than one office and the offices are located in separate communities OR the organization provides programs/services to a sufficiently large number of people, to be determined by the branch.)

A word to the wise – at this time of year many funding agencies have surplus funds that they must blow out before March 31st.  If they don’t give out all of their funds, they won’t be able to justify their budget requests from their sources… So, go ahead and make the pitch.

That’s all for now folks.  Stay tuned!