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  • findfundsblogger 10:42 am on May 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Lucky Three Thursday! 

    Snoopy & Woodstock enjoying a camp-out
    (Found this image at myfreewallpapers.net)

    Hi Funds Fans!  We’ve got three great funding sources for you today.  The first one brought me back to a nostalgic frame of mind as I recalled many happy hours as a child being involved with our local 4H Club up at Francois Lake, B.C.  Our club was called Crafty Cookers & Campers and focussed on outdoor survival skills more than animal husbandry and agriculture.  (However, I do recall winning the first place ribbon in the cattle judging contest)  I also remember learning to make a hot-plate out of a 2.83 litre can and cooking an egg on it and trekking for what seemed forever through the thick B.C. forest with the twine straps on my oh-so-sophisticated camping gear biting painfully into my shoulders then the incredible white quartz covered beach we found when we finally stopped.  Most of all I remember the camraderie, the fun and the necessity of being properly prepared for outdoor adventures. If I never thanked the Lightening Family for their hours of volunteering in getting the Club up and running, I give my thanks now.  What great memories!

    If you didn’t know, 4-H is one of Canada’s longest-running youth organizations for young people between the ages of 8 and 21.  If you’re wondering what the four “H”s in 4-H stand for, it’s part of the pledge to contribute to the club, community and country using Head, Heart, Hands and Health.  They’ve been around a long time, almost 100 years. Since 1913, 4-H has given youth opportunities to learn new things through a dedicated group of volunteer leaders. 4-H youth learn the skills needed to contribute to making this a better world. Many of them go on to become leaders in their communities.  The British Columbia chapter has it’s own site here.

    4H Canada provides funding for new club starts under the FCC 4-H 4-Ever Program and also provides funding towards 4H after-school programs through the Sears in Your Community 4-H Club Grants Program.  In addition, once a club is started there are other funding opportunities to help youth reach their potential, such as the Agrium 4-H Youth Leadership Initiative which provides up to $50,000 towards the development of leadership skills that can be implemented throughout any 4-H jurisdiction in North America. Eligible project areas available for funding include youth asset building, career planning, communication skills training and organization leadership.

    Also geared towards youth development intiatives is the Kinder-Morgan Foundation which provides grants of $1,000 to $5,000 for K-12 youth to support programs in the areas of academic programs (including tutoring), arts education programs and environmental education programs that work with local schools and meet curriculum standards.  Application deadlines are every two months and applicants must have a Kinder-Morgan operation in or near the community or proposed project.

    We’ve also just discovered the Hamber Foundation which provides grants for cultural, educational and charitable purposes within the Province of British Columbia. The Foundation prefers to support specific projects rather than contributing to general sustaining assistance or to large capital projects. The Foundation may review major grant proposals from time to time.  Application deadlines are March 15 and September 15 annually.

    There’s where we found some today, folks!  Remember, if you can’t make use of the information you probably know someone who can so share, share, share.

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    Over and out from the ‘Wack.

  • findfundsblogger 7:30 pm on May 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Welcome new viewers! 

    Where’s The Funds?

    Hi!  Welcome and have a look around.  For those of you just tuning in, what we do here is provide timely updates on open funding calls, Request for Proposal opportunities and other tidbits on where and how to find money for your community, your organization or for your client.  We have a few good stories here and there too!  We also shamelessly promote the use of Professional Writers for any proposal writing and reporting requirements for reasons found in previous posts.  I do try to keep things fun and funny around here but for the really funny stuff you should check out and LIKE my FaceBook page.  We can also be found at http://www.lasuik.com and on Twitter @fundsblogger.

    Great to see you & hope you’ll check back often.


    Stephanie – Fundsblogger

  • findfundsblogger 11:02 am on May 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Global Health Outreach and Integration Funds…WOW! 

    Happy Tuesday, Funds Fans!  We’ve had the privilege of highlighting a number of health funding opportunities and this one is a gooder!

    Stars in Global HealthDeadline: September 5, 2012 3:00 p.m. EDT  Initial grant $100,000, Scale -Up Grant $1 Mil.

    This unique program enables innovators in low- and lower-middle-income countries and Canada to develop their bold idea with big impact to improve global health conditions.

    They are seeking ideas that reflect the full spectrum of global health including drug discovery, medical devices and diagnostics, vaccine development, health and medical education, maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases (including mental health and cancer), information communication technologies, health-related water and sanitation, and agriculture.

    Awards are initially valued at $100,000 CAD for up to 12-18 months to demonstrate proof-of-concept of the idea. Upon successful review of proposals at 12-18 months after the initial award is granted, scale-up grants of up to $1 million CAD may be awarded with potential linkages to private sector investments.

    They are looking for innovative ideas to address complex real-world challenges that involve a scientific or technological solution (new or existing) alone or in combination with social and/or business innovations; calling this approach Integrated Innovation.

    From a Social Innovation perspective – are there social innovations (including health systems, the determinants of health, ethical/social/cultural/legal frameworks, public policies, leadership and human resources among others) that will be necessary to bring the scientific/technological solutions that are developed to scale in local communities in an appropriate manner?

    From a Business Innovation perspective – are there appropriate business systems in place to produce and deliver the scientific/technological solution at an affordable pricepoint?

    The site also has a great Proposal Development section!  Check it out here.

    That’s where we found some today, folks.  Go and get it!

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  • findfundsblogger 12:54 pm on May 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Enviro funds and the Vinyl Cafe 

    Photo from brainerd.org

    Welcome to Monday, Funds Fans!  In a rare universal occurrence, the rain waited until AFTER the weekend.  Better yet, the windows in my van were actually closed this time too.  With all the moisture from countless events of leaving the windows open combined with the tracking of sand, dirt, rocks and such that is inevitable when transporting four young nature-lovers around, I am surprised we don’t have plants growing in the carpet like Dave; that’s Dave from Stuart McLean’s Dave & Morley stories on the Vinyl Cafe.  For those of you who followed our adventures up north back in March, those are the stories that kept us all laughing together even through the long driving hours.

    For all nature lovers out there, today we present two funding sources for environmental and conservation projects.  The great thing about both of these funders is that they see past political divides and consider the whole eco-system within the geographic area of the Pacific Northwest.

    The Brainerd Foundation provides granting support to protect the environment of the Northwest and to build broad citizen support for conservation. They accomplish this by investing in nonprofit organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.  Letters of inquiry are accepted year-round and successful projects will receive an invitation to submit a full proposal.  Their three main areas of interest include:

    Conservation Policy: Achieving policy gains at the regional, state (or provincial) and local levels that ensure protection of our region’s air, land and water.  Grants range from $20,000 to $50,000 and can be awarded for multiple years.

    Place-based Conservation: Achieving landscape and wildlife protection through community engagement and empowerment. Our current priority landscapes are: the High Divide, the Crown of the Continent, and Central Oregon.  Grants range from $20,000 to $50,000 and can be awarded for multiple years.

    Conservation Capacity: Improving the ability of conservationists to communicate effectively, advance legal strategies and strengthen overall organizational capacity. This program area supports service providers, strategic research, and organizational efforts that build stronger institutions.  Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000 and can be awarded for multiple years.

    The Brainerd foundation also provides a Grassroots Fund that may be used as seed funding.  These grants are not typically renewed. Most often Grassroots Fund grants are made for general support, but grants may also be tailored to support activities that bolster organizational capacity, such as mentoring or leadership and organizational trainings.  Typical grants, awarded year-round at staff discretion, range from $5,000 to $10,000 and are awarded for a one-year term. Inquiries are accepted on an ongoing basis.

    The Brainerd Foundation  Opportunity Fund grants are awarded to Northwest-focused organizations confronted with an unanticipated, timely opportunity to protect critical ecosystems, impact significant conservation policy debates, or address critical organizational issues. They aim to support projects that address a need or opportunity that could not have been foreseen during an organization’s normal annual planning process.  These grants range from $250 to $3,000. Requests for Opportunity Fund grants have no deadline and receive immediate attention.

    The other funder of note today is the Bullit Foundation whose mission is to safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest. The Foundation invites inquiries from nonprofit organizations that serve Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, western Montana (including the Rocky Mountain range), and south-central Alaska.  Inquiries received before September 15 will be considered for the November 1 proposal deadlineGrants range from $5,000 to $75,000.  This Foundation has granted over $2 million within British Columbia already this year and that’s just from one of two annual proposal deadline periods.  Wow!

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    Since it’s still lunch-time, I’m going to get back to the Vinyl Cafe…  Apparently, Dave is aching to try his neighbour Ted Anderson’s new, expensive racing bike. Determined to discover the joys of riding an Italian racing bike, Dave hoists himself onto Ted’s treasured Pinarello — even though it is strapped to the roof of Ted’s car.  (Dave and the Bike)

  • findfundsblogger 10:02 am on May 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Feature Funder: Home Depot Foundation 

    Hello Funds Fans!  Welcome to this week’s Feature Funder: Home Depot Foundation.  Can I get an “amen” for the generosity of corporations like these who actually give back in a substantial way?  Check this out:

    The Home Depot Canada Foundation believes that good neighbours make great neighbourhoods. The Foundation is dedicated to sharing their time, knowledge and resources to support affordable housing and in building strong communities for Canadians in need.  As such, they provide support to Canadian registered charities who share their commitment to building strong communities through two grant programs:

    Affordable Housing Grants: Deadline June 15th, 2012.  Grant Value: $25,000.  The purpose of this program is for repairs, refurbishments and modifications to affordable housing dwellings that benefit Canadians in need.  Eligible projects include but are not limited to: window replacement, weatherizing, painting, enhancements to the outdoor landscape (i.e. trees, gardens, seating areas), lighting or fixture upgrade projects, insulation improvements, small kitchen or washroom renovations.

    Community Grants:  Applications accepted year-round. Maximum grant $5,000 (cash and/or gift card). The purpose of this fund is for small-scale affordable housing initiatives and neighbourhood improvement projects that serve Canadians in need and encourage hands-on service through volunteer engagement.  Eligible projects include but are not limited to: small-scale affordable housing and neighbourhood improvement projects that involve rebuilding, repairing, painting, refurbishing, landscaping, and planting.

    Also, don’t forget that CMHC provides a suite of programs for landlords and homeowners, including financial assistance towards building a Secondary or Garden Suite for the aged or disabled.

    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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  • findfundsblogger 5:21 pm on May 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    We’ve been Paper Li’d 

    How fun!  Our post has been Paper Li’d.  Check it out here:  http://paper.li/SixPackLtd/1337079794

  • findfundsblogger 8:29 am on May 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Upcoming June deadlines: Don’t miss out on these opportunities!! 

    Klingons: A misunderstood segment of society?

    Greetings, Funds Fans! I hope it is a fabulous, sunny day wherever you are today. The Fraser Valley is in sun-soaked glory on this day and our recent rainy days are now just a dim memory…except when I wander out to the back of the yard where the cedars keep the “grass” (read moss) in perpetual moisture. On those backyard wanders, I am reminded of three things: 1) the Fraser Valley is located in a coastal temperate rainforest, 2) spiders love to weave silken nets between every tree and being a dimly lit corner, you actually have to walk right into them before you know they are there and 3) strappy sandals are not the best footwear for inspecting such damp, mossy edges of the yard.

    Being that it’s nearly June already, today I re-cap all the funds that have June deadlines. Since I sent out two blaring red deadline alerts already this week, I’ve chosen a different, somewhat random, graphic to accompany today’s post. In chronological order of due date, here’s where we found some funds:

    June 1st, 2012: 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.

    June 4th, 2012: Wonder+ Cares Healthy Active Kids Grants from Weston that provides up to $15,000 towards increasing access to high-quality after-school programming for children in Kindergarten to Grade 8. The goal of these grants is to increase access to innovative recreational programs that help young Canadians improve their fitness and nutrition levels, connect to their community and develop skills that they will be able to use throughout their lives.

    June 15, 2012: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Planning Grants : Spring 2012 Priority Announcement: In this competition, funds are available to encourage and support applications in specific areas that are aligned with CIHR’s research priority areas and mandates. These areas include: Aging, Cancer Research, Circulatory and Respiratory Health, Ethics, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Health, Health Services and Policy Research, Health Services and Systems for an Aging Population, HIV/AIDS, Infection and Immunity, Musculoskeletal Health, Arthritis, Skin and Oral Health, Nutrition, Metabolism & Diabetes, Partnerships for Health System Improvement – Partnership Development Funds, Reproductive and Child Health. Funding Range: $25,000/project.

    June 18th, 2012: Farm Credit Canada provides funding for rural community initiatives through their FCC Agri-Spirit Fund. Donations from $5,000 to $25,000 are available to supplement other fundraising efforts. Successful projects in the past have included hospitals and medical centres, childcare facilities, fire and rescue equipment, playgrounds, food banks, libraries, recreation centres and community gardens. Eligible applicants include: a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency, a registered non-profit organization, a municipal body (a municipal body can include a town, city under 100,000 people, a rural municipality or a First Nations band), a non-profit organization that will partner with a municipal body who agrees to receive the money contributed and issue a receipt in their name. Eligible projects will: enhance the vitality of rural Canada, be completed between December 1,2012 and December 31, 2014, be accessible to all members of the community, be a capital project (equipment, building funds, etc.), be located in rural Canada, benefit a rural community with a population less than 100,000 people, recognize FCC’s contribution and allow FCC to put up a permanent sign.

    June 19th, 2012: The Homelessness Knowledge Development (HKD) funding stream provides funding to stakeholders, including not-for-profit organizations, researchers and academics, to develop knowledge on homelessness issues. HKD funds projects that focus on data development; research and analysis; identification and sharing of best practices; and knowledge dissemination. Eligible applicants are invited to submit proposals for research projects that will increase knowledge with respect to promising practices to prevent or reduce homelessness for those with mental health issues in Canada. Grants range from $50,000 to $80,000.

    June 20th, 2012: The First Nations and Urban Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Steering Committee is pleased to announce the release of its 2012-2013 Call for Applications for Community Early Childhood Development Projects/Programs servicing BC First Nations, Urban Aboriginal and Métis children, zero to six years of age. Language and Culture projects up to $25,000. Service Improvements and Quality projects up to $25,000. Visit their website http://www.fnuaecdsc.ca/ to access all necessary information and documents including the Calls for Applications, Application Forms and our 2012-2013 Information Package.

    June 22nd, 2012: The B.C. Language Initiative (BCLI) is NOW OPEN. The First Peoples’ Culture Council is accepting applications to the BCLI to revitalize British Columbia First Nations languages through documentation, immersion programs, materials and curriculum development, traditional and cultural programming, and community collaboration. First Nations communities and organizations are eligible to submit proposals.

    June 29th, 2012: New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others. Grants are available for projects that encourage seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others and help communities increase their capacity to address local issues.Maximum Grant: $25,000. Eligibility includes a wide range of organizations such as: not-for-profit organizations, coalitions and networks, municipal governments, research organizations and institutes, educational institutions (i.e. universities, colleges, CEGEPs), public health and social service institutions, band/tribal councils and other Aboriginal organizations, for-profit enterprises and school boards/school districts.

    June 29, 2012: The New Relationship Trust is accepting applications under their First Nation Youth and Policy Development programs. The Youth Grant funding program is for First Nation youth groups and organizations in BC. Maximum grant: $2,000 per project. Priority is given to groups and projects that demonstrate capacity building, leadership or mentorship for First Nation youth in their communities.   Under the Policy Development program, NRT will support up to $50,000 or 75% of eligible project costs (proponents must contribute the other 25%) towards policy development projects for the benefit of BC First Nation communities and citizens.  The Policy Development program is open until funds are exhausted.

    June 29th, 2012: The BC Water Sustainability Endowment Grant is supported by the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia. Amount $3,000.00. The REF will also produce a video about the successful grantee and project. All qualified donees under the Income Tax Act are eligible to apply. The purpose of this grant is to support sustainable real estate and land use practices for the benefit of British Columbians. Because of the Foundation’s “land use” mandate, the focus is on fresh water bodies and watercourses, and the foreshore: where land meets ocean. (Projects focused solely on marine environments are not eligible for support.) The single grant awarded will make a meaningful contribution to support activities that are community-based watershed stewardship and/or promote the sustainable use of fresh water.

    June 30th, 2012: Breakfast for Learning is the leading, national non-profit organization solely dedicated to child nutrition programs in Canada. We help raise awareness and educate communities about the vital link between proper nutrition and learning through ongoing program support, training, child nutrition education, resources and research.

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  • findfundsblogger 7:35 am on May 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Deadline Alert: $15,000 for Kid’s Programming! 

    June 4, 2012

    Good day, Funds Fans!  Welcome to the Friday edition of “WTF?”; as in “Where’s the Funds?”

    We found a little beauty of a program called Wonder+ Cares Healthy Active Kids Grants from Weston that provides up to $15,000 towards increasing access to high-quality after-school programming for children in Kindergarten to Grade 8.  The goal of these grants is to increase access to innovative recreational programs that help young Canadians improve their fitness and nutrition levels, connect to their community and develop skills that they will be able to use throughout their lives.  Application Deadline: June 4th, 2012

    Funding recipients should be located near cities where Weston Foods Inc. operates, including Delta and Langley, BC; Calgary, AB; Regina, SK; Winnipeg, MB; Brampton, Cobourg, Concord, Etobicoke, Kingston, Kitchener, Mississauga, Sudbury and Toronto, ON;  Gatineau, Longeuil, Montmagny, Napierville, and Ste-Foy, PQ; Amherst and Kentville, NS; and Mount Pearl, NL.

    Eligibility Criteria : Any Canadian registered charitable organization offering year-long programs (September to June or summer only) that directly benefit children in Kindergarten to Grade 8.  Please note they are unable to support individuals, schools or parent associations that work to benefit a single institution or capital campaign with this grant stream.  Only complete applications will be considered. Applications for Wonder+ Cares Healthy Active Kids Grants must include a copy of the charity’s most recent two years of audited financial statements, along with the completed application of no more than three pages.  Priority will be given to organizations that have not received a grant from us in the past two years.

    Winning project proposals will include the following components:

    1) Fitness: According to newly released data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey, only 9% of boys and 4% of girls meet the new Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. The Guidelines state that children and youth should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily.

    2) Access: Recreational programs that are year-round and enable participation by children in Kindergarten to Grade 8 who otherwise might not have access to programs that improve their physical fitness levels and health due to cost or other barriers. Past examples have included grants to support after-school programming including structured sports, fitness and outdoor education, cooking and nutrition classes.

    3) Diversity: Organizations that provide inclusive recreational programs and engage a variety of ethnocultural communities.

    To apply, use this fillable pdf and email your application!

    There it is, in all it’s Wonderbread glory!  Don’t forget to LIKE us on FaceBook and follow us on Twitter @fundsblogger!

    Have a great weekend 🙂

  • findfundsblogger 6:14 am on May 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Feature Funder: Carthy Foundation 

    The Carthy Foundation, based in Calgary, Alberta, is a private foundation established in 1965. Their mission reflects both the intentions of the founders, and the needs of the country in the new millennium.   Carthy Foundation supports initiatives that align with their granting approach, and fall within one of their program tracks:

    Youth: Initiatives will have a primary focus on adolescent emotional health and wellness; or on career transitions for youth and young adults.

    Adolescent Emotional Health and Wellness: Initiatives will have a primary focus on promoting optimal emotional health among adolescents and young adults (aged 10 – 25 years). They will incorporate a resiliency and/or positive youth development approach. These types of approaches build on the strengths of young people in order to develop and nurture life skills and competencies they need to thrive. They also seek to help youth overcome or deal with negative factors in their environment and recognize and channel the creativity and energy of youth.

    Career Transitions for Youth and Young Adults:  Initiatives will have a primary focus on promoting successful transitions into the work-force for adolescents and young adults (aged 10 – 25 years). They will also have a positive youth development approach; i.e., one that enables young people to develop the attitudes, behaviours and work-skills they need to enter and thrive in the labour force; and that seeks to help youth overcome negative factors in their lives by inspiring them and building upon pre-existing strengths.

    Environment: Initiatives will focus on market-based mechanisms, or urban ecology and ecological design.

    Market-Based Mechanisms:  Initiatives that investigate, develop and promote innovative tools, strategies and policies with potential to harness market forces in achieving environmental goals.

    Urban Ecology & Ecological Design:  Initiatives that support optimal ecological function within urban settings. These will include projects that investigate and promote innovations in areas such as urban environmental policy, habitat and connectivity and sustainable urban design.

    The Foundation only makes grants  to Canadian registered charities.  Initiatives must have national or broad regional impact, or the potential for broad impact on policy or practice beyond immediate project delivery.  The Foundation only provides grants for project support, rather than ongoing program delivery. Projects must be term-specific, with a maximum granting period of 5 years. These may include, for example, experimental and demonstration projects, applied research that supports innovative policies and practices, and initiatives that add significantly and strategically to the national knowledge base.

    To apply, send a letter of inquiry along with background data on your organization.  Letters are accepted year-round and funding decisions are made on a quarterly basis.  Please note, the Foundation respectfully requests no public recognition for funded projects.

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  • findfundsblogger 7:59 pm on May 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    If you are just clicking to help my blog reach 1000 – THANKS! 🙂 Have a look around while you’re here!

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