Funds for Adoptive/Foster Families, RFP’s for Writers and Multi-Cultural Events

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Hi Funds Fans!  Welcome to the First Day of Spring.  We’ll be here in the Fort for one more day then heading back down towards the Fraser Valley, making stops along the way in Kamloops and Lumby.

For any of you wondering how it all went getting back up the hill from the Resort; it went just fine.  Overnight, the slush and soft snow re-froze, creating good traction for the uphill climb.  We didn’t have to “gun it” after all, nor risk catapulting into the snow bank on the curve at the top of the hill.  That mercy aside, our citified survival skills were again put to the test this afternoon when, enroute to the local ski hill, we drove nearly four kilometers down a desolate, tree-lined, forestry road only to find the road to the ski hill closed and gated.  Locals would have known that the ski hill is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, but not being locals it seemed only mildly curious to us that the road had not a single set of tracks on it.  “Maybe the people that work there live on-site”, we reasoned to ourselves.  Rather than drive in reverse the whole four kilometers back to the main road, we decided there was enough room to turn around.

For the record, there was enough room to turn around except that I spun out a tiny bit and slid sideways, ending backed up tight against a large pile of snow.  There was no moving after that.  (Well, the wheels spun ’round and ’round but the rest of the truck just sat there like a stubborn mule with it’s butt in a snowbank.)  Not having a travel mug with me this time, I had to rummage around for a scoop and, may the “Do Not Feed the Wildlife-ers” among you forgive me, the only thing I had was a styro-foam container half full of gravy from a lunch way back in Williams Lake last Friday.  I dumped the congealed gravy into the snow as neatly as I could and proceeded to use the styro gravy boat to pour sand into the ruts by the back tires.  To make sure the sand would get as far under the wheels as possible, we jumped up and down on the tailgate a few times.  After two applications of sand/tail-gate jumping, we were still stuck.

It was starting to feel a bit spooky out there; four kilometers to the main road, ten more kilometers to the nearest building with people in it.  Then it occurred to me that I had brought two extra jugs of windshield washing fluid with me.  The jug said “Good to -40” so I poured a bit around each of the back tires and presto! we were on our way in no time.   (Note to Environmentalists: This is a fictitious story.  Note to Everyone Else: The sand/washer fluid combo really works!)

Now, down to business.  Where’s the money?

We found a beautiful funding source for those of you working with adoptive/foster children and their families.  The Lex Reynolds Adoption and Permanency Trust Fund is accepting application for their 2012 round of Mini-Grants.  Deadline: April 16, 2012, Maximum Grant: $1,500.  Grants will be awarded in May 2012.

The purpose of this Trust Fund is to offer annual grants that will help support healthy, permanent placements; encourage innovative research, projects and initiatives; develop a higher level of awareness of permanency options in our communities; and facilitate adoption programs and services within B.C.  These grants are intended to assist in the development of, or attendance at, special events, workshops, and conferences; provide support to new or existing local groups and networks related to adoption, culture and race (e.g., support for teenage transitioning and identity issues); contribute to organizational systems and training; or recognize and celebrate individuals promoting permanency options for children and youth.

The trust conducts two separate rounds of granting annually – mini-grants of up to $1,500 each in the spring, and full/research grants of up to $20,000 each in the fall.  Individuals and Organizations may apply for both mini-grants and full/research grants in the same year providing they are for different projects.  Applicants do not need to be registered charities and applications from individuals (e.g., adoptive parents) are also eligible to apply.     

Also, we found a couple of RFP’s that may be of interest to those of you in communications or event planning.

Government Communications and Public Engagement (GCPE) invites interested service providers to submit responses for the provision of Writing Services.  Based on the review of the RFQ Responses, GCPE intends to establish a List of Qualified Suppliers who, on an “as, if and when requested” basis, may be contacted directly, or asked to compete, to enter into a Contract(s) for provision of the services.  The successful Respondents will be required to provide assistance with writing and editing services. Services include researching and writing content for websites, press kits, brochures, speeches, reports, brochures, social media and/or ad content/copy to support GCPE or other Ministries of the Province. Content may be re-edited/reproduced for online and print channels, including third-party publications.  Solicitation # ON-002226.  Deadline: April 10, 2012.  Pricing is 10% of proposal weight.

The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Innovation is seeking Contractors to carry out community-based projects that use the arts to bring diverse groups together to interact and collaborate on a project that addresses Racism, promotes Multiculturalism, and builds an Inclusive Community.  Solicitation # ON-002222.  Deadline: April 16, 2012, Max. Value $35,000.0

Fundsblogger Note:  This RFP appears to be B.C.’s version of the Federal Inter-Action program I blogged about here.

That’s what I have for you today, folks.  As always, it’s a bit of a mixed bag.  Remember, if you can’t make use of the information, you are sure to know someone who can, so please pass it along.  Also, I’ve included the Solicitation # for the RFP’s because I’ve noticed that the direct links give a “Session Timed-Out” message.  Anyone else been getting that on these RFP links?

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Over and out from the Fort.