Calling all Artists, Garden Lovers and Agricultural Innovators!

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Hello from Kamloops, Funds Fans!  We made it all the way from Ft. St. James to the Kam with only two pit stops; an incredible feat with four children in tow.  Bless their hearts for still being loving to one another when we arrived.

Sadly, we did not see very much wildlife on the journey down; two deer as we left the Fort this morning and that was it.  Just before Williams Lake we passed by something called “The Monkey Forest” which sounded very intriguing but then we saw a badger crossing sign and our eyes were peeled for the next eight kilometers of their apparent crossing corridor.  Alas, no badger sightings either.

Being tired and in need of some pizza, I’m just going to get to the point of this non-travel blog.  Here’s what I have for you today:

Calling all Canadian Artists near and far!  The City of Ottawa Public Art Program invites artists to apply to develop, design, and implement a public art commission for the Barrhaven South Recreation Complex.  This request for proposals is an equal opportunity, open to all professional artists. Participants must be Canadian citizens or have permanent residence status.

The total budget for this commission is $300,000 plus HST. The commission budget must include all costs required to design, fabricate and install the project.  Deadline: Deliver proposal by mail or hand, no later than Monday, April 30, 2012, 4:00 p.m. EST.     

Evergreen provides grants to day-cares, schools and community groups for greening projects such as teaching gardens, food gardens and for protecting and restoring urban green spaces.  The next upcoming deadline is for the Toyota Evergreen “Learning Grounds School Ground Greening Grant”.  This fund is for schools wishing to create outdoor classrooms and food gardens to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature.  Grants range from $500 to $3,500 for publicly funded Canadian schools (K–12) and $500 to $2,000 for not-for-profit daycares.  Deadline: June 1, 2012

The Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC (iafbc) is still accepting proposals under it’s Growing Forward program.  This funding will support projects that foster a culture of innovation and facilitate the adoption of innovative products, processes and technologies in the British Columbia agriculture, food and agri-products sector.  Project grants up to $25,000 are considered Small Projects.  Next deadlines: April 15, 2012 and  July 13, 2012.

That’s all from here, folks.  Over and out from the Kamloopa.