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Good day Funds Fans!  Today I have funds for Multicultural Events and Literacy Projects.  Before we jump into this canoe and begin navigating these funding streams, let me just say a big thanks to those of you who have signed up through email to receive updates.  If you are stopping in for the first time, what I do here is provide timely updates on open funding calls, Request for Proposal opportunities and other juicy tidbits on where and how to find money for your community, your organization or for your client.

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Being that it’s Monday and you lost an hour of sleep over the weekend, I’ll just get straight to the point and answer your question: where’s the money?

Inter-Action is Canada’s new Multiculturalism Grants and Contributions Program.  The primary intention is to create concrete opportunities for interaction among cultural and faith communities through community-based events that foster intercultural or interfaith understanding, civic memory and pride or respect for core democratic values.  Deadline: Applications will be considered year-roundMaximum Grant: $15,000

Eligible Recipients include: Canadian not-for-profit organizations, associations and unincorporated groups of individuals, Canadian incorporated and unincorporated municipalities and townships with a population of up to 10,000 and Canadian Aboriginal organizations.

Eligible events must: Demonstrate involvement of more than one single cultural, religious or ethnic community and establish concrete opportunities for positive interaction among them, help foster intercultural or interfaith understanding, civic memory and pride, and/or respect for core democratic values, be open to and intended for the general public, have a total cash cost of up to $50,000.

Fundsblogger Note:  Every small town and First Nation in B.C. is a multi-cultural community.  This program is basically free money to host a community multi-cultural week, a festival or a multi-cultural tradeshow in association with your local Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Board, Longhouse, Girl Guides/Boy Scouts division, Lions Club or any other “unincorporated group of individuals”.  Heck, if you’re really creative you could use these program dollars to off-set the costs of usual community events such as fairs, festivals, fishing derbies or you could try something new to inspire true patriot love within your community.  What a great find!!

On the literacy front, the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) invites eligible organizations to submit concept papers for collaborative research projects.  Deadline: April 5, 2012 Maximum Project Value: no information provided on website but previous experience indicates a range of $25,000+.

Eligible organizations for these funds include:

  • not-for-profit organizations
  • voluntary sector organizations
  • workplace organizations, including sector councils, unions and business associations
  • professional associations
  • universities, colleges and other education or training bodies
  • provincial/territorial institutions, including Crown corporations
  • provincial and territorial governments and their organizing bodies
  • international not-for-profit organizations (e.g. OECD)
  • municipalities

The program objective is to foster research that: measures the benefits of increasing Literacy & Essential Skills (LES) levels in different delivery contexts, provides an evolution of LES concepts through measurement strategies or occupational profiles, or develops analytical and/or imputational frameworks for studying the anticipated 2011 data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).

The Literacy & Essential Skills (LES) that this program addresses includes: Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy as well as workplace skills such as Computer Use (digital skills), Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others & Continuous Learning.

Although eligible organizations are the primary applicants, particular attention will be paid to the profiles of the researchers executing the projects. Collaborative effort is encouraged for each project and partnerships approaches will be given preference.

Fundsblogger Note:  Okay, this fund may seem out of reach for the Average Joe (…analytical and/or imputational frameworks, collaborative research…) but really these are just fancy words for finding out what works, what doesn’t work and what is being left out when it comes to Adult Learning for individuals who need Literacy & Essential Skills training in order to reach their full potential.  At a grass-roots level, what you’ll need to do to win funding is partner with your local Adult Learning Center, find yourself an interested University student (in pursuit of their Masters, preferably) and write an excellent research plan that answers a valid question on the relationship between LES and financial independence for individuals in your community.

It’s short but sweet today, folks.  Please take some time to leave me a comment or a request on what kind of funding you are looking for and I’ll be sure to look into it.

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