It’s all about e-business and trees today, folks!

Hello, Funds Fans!  It’s your friendly, neighbourhood Bloggy Bloggerton leaping Calls for Proposals in a single bound.  I’m sure you’ve all read a little bit about Canada’s 2012 Budget so I’m not going to say too much about it.  I’m just going to wait and see how the funds are distributed.  Many times, what seems like a funding boost to a particular program or service is actually just eaten up by the administrative costs of handling the fund itself.

Moving on from the desire to rant about such things, you may be pleased to learn that the Hiring Credit for Small Business ($205 million over one year) ensures that lots and lots of small and medium-sized businesses can take advantage of the Small Business Internship Program.  Kathleen Rake at Click Media Works  posted about this opportunity a few days ago and I thank her for the heads up.

This program provides financial support to Canadian small and medium-sized businesses (SME) to employ a student-intern who can assist them in increasing the usage of e-business strategies to improve their productivity and competitiveness in the marketplace.  SME’s will be reimbursed up to 75% of the eligible wages and related expenses such as statutory employee benefits, to a maximum of $10,000. The SME is responsible for covering other expenses such as fringe benefits and overhead costs. The program will run for twelve weeks once the application is approved.

To be eligible for this program, your firm must:

  • be a Canadian small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) with less than 500 employees;
  • be incorporated or a sole proprietorship and for-profit;
  • have been in continuous operation for a minimum of one year;
  • have an existing web site and wish to enhance your e-business capability;
  • contribute a minimum of 25% of the student wages and related expenses.

Please note: Businesses who have received funding in the past from the Small Business Internship Program are not eligible.

What a great way to give students a real, hands-on working experience AND improve the performance of your firm’s e-business strategy!

Tree Canada provides education, technical assistance, resources and financial support through working partnerships to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in rural and urban areas.  At the moment, two programs are accepting applications:

Greening Canada’s School Grounds provides up to $3,000 towards the transformation of school grounds into environmentally enriched learning landscapes.  Applications are accepted year-round.

The Green Schools, Green Futures Award is a joint-program between Tree Canada and FedEx.  Applications will be awarded points for: Ecological School Yards, Reducing Waste, Conserving Energy, Being a Caring School and Promoting Sustainability to Students.  Applications will be judged by an evaluation team comprised of Tree Canada and FedEx Express Canada representatives.  Deadline: April 10, 2012. (Winners Announced by: April 23, 2012)

Five prizes will be awarded – one per Canadian region (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies and British Columbia). Four regional winners will receive $1,000 cash and a plaque from Tree Canada and FedEx Express Canada. One national winner will receive $3,000 cash and a plaque.

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