It’s another Wow-funds day!!

Wow Funds!!Hello Funds Fans!  Good grief it’s Thursday and I’ve made nary a post at all this week.  However, I am pleased to report that I have whittled down a stack of papers on my desk to four inches high.  Previously, this stack was more like an ocean of colourful sheets and sticky notes spread creatively (read messily) around the work area.  Now, with a bit of breathing room, I can get back to blogging; answering an all important question.  Where’s the money?

The Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council has announced that the Career Focus Program has been renewed.  Maximum wage subsidy grant: up to $12,750 per employee.  Deadline: First-come, first-served until funds are exhausted.  NOTE: Priority will be given to  applicants who plan to provide employment opportunities to those groups that are currently under-represented in the supply chain sector: women, Aboriginals and new immigrants.

For the past three years, the Council has delivered the Career Focus Program, providing federal-government wage-subsidy funding to employers who hire post-secondary graduates into the supply chain sector. The program gave employers the opportunity to develop the skills of industry newcomers through program-approved learning plans based on the CSCSC National Occupational Standards, helping new employees become multi-skilled and adaptable workers.

Employers are responsible for preparing and submitting the necessary Career Focus application forms to the Council. However, recent graduates who qualify are encouraged to approach employers about work opportunities and to inform them about the potential to use a wage subsidy to support the graduate’s employment. Any employer whose company is part of the supply chain sector in Canada is eligible to submit an application to the Council.  The program will subsidize up to one half of a new employee’s wages for the internship period. Although applications are to be submitted by employers, job seekers who qualify are encouraged to take this program information to potential employers as they conduct their job search.

Employers who apply must also be able to demonstrate that the position for which they are hiring is a supply chain role; the potential employee meets the participant criteria; the potential employee understands and agrees to what is required from them as a participant in the program, including the completion of an agreed-upon learning plan; the new employee is guaranteed at least 30 hours of work per week for a minimum four-month period; and there is potential for a permanent position following the work experience.

To be subsidized under the Council’s Career Focus Program, a potential employee must be: 30 or younger at the time of intake (proof required); new to the company applying for the Career Focus Program; a post-secondary graduate and out of school (for the purposes of this program, post-secondary education is deemed to be any training obtained after secondary school that is required for the candidate to obtain a placement within the industry); a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a person who has been granted refugee status in Canada, and legally entitled to work in Canada; and not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits during the intern placement period.

Also on today’s WowFunds list is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Applications are being invited for the Access to Learning Award 2013Maximum Grant: Up to $1 Million.  Deadline: September 30th, 2012.  Applications can be submitted online.

The Access to Learning Award is part of the Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries initiative dedicated to opening a world of knowledge and opportunity by partnering with public libraries to provide free access to computers and the Internet.   Public libraries or similar organizations outside the United States can apply for the Award.   Applications particularly from institutions in developing countries providing such services to disadvantaged communities are encouraged. Organizations must show how they make technology services available to the public in a community space without charging any membership or access fees and must detail the types of technology training they offer to the public and their staff. Organizations that restrict services or charge fees to access the facilities or use the computers and the Internet are not eligible. The Foundation will specifically look for ground-breaking Internet connectivity, training, and sustainable models and programs that creatively reach underserved communities.

Please also have a look at the United Nations (UN) Trust Fund which is accepting applications for its Small Grants Programme under the Second Decade Call for Proposals for the year 2013.  Maximum Grant: $10,000 US.  Deadline: October 1, 2012

Indigenous organizations or organizations working for indigenous peoples are invited to apply for this grant opportunity. The Fund will give priority to projects that focus on the areas of health (physical and mental well-being) and education (such as language revitalization). The proposals will be assessed by the Bureau of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May 2013 and successful applicants will receive notice thereafter.  The main aim of the Trust Fund is to support programs and projects advancing the goal of the Second International Decade to “Strengthen international cooperation for the solution of problems faced by indigenous peoples in such areas as culture, education, health, human rights, the environment, social and economic development, by means of action-oriented programs and specific projects, increased technical assistance and relevant standard-setting activities.”

Also on the topic of health, proposals are now being invited for The Stop TB Partnership´s Challenge Facility for Civil Society (CFCS) which aims to provide support to community-based organizations engaged in advocacy and social mobilization activities seeking to raise awareness and empower communities to become part of the solution in the fight against TB.  Maximum Grant: $5,000 to $20,000.  Deadline: September 30th, 2012

For this round, in order to address one of the most crucial needs in TB, the special focus of the successful applications should be on activities that build the capacity of civil society to advocate for services and that contribute to the creation of a network of advocates prepared to speak out and raise consciousness about challenges in reaching affected communities with TB care and help solve bottlenecks in TB programmes or Global Fund grant implementation.

Communities are coming together to advocate and improve their own access to health services and increasingly organizing to plan and deliver effective healthcare on a large scale. Though it will never replace or match the national delivery of health, it can and does make a considerable contribution acting synergistically to improve access for marginalized groups, maintaining contact and referral to health services and ultimately creating a highly effective network of health interventions and community health systems.

And finally for today, mostly because it looked interesting and I just wanted to share it with you; the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) has opened a Call for Proposals aimed at non-profit entities established in the Dominican Republic.  Maximum Grant: contribution per project is limited to $600,000 for capacity strengthening and $800,000 for co-investment projects.  Deadline: October 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm.

The CFLI is a mechanism administrated by the Canadian Embassy under the guidelines of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) to co-finance small initiatives that help improve governance through (a) increased participation of citizens in the processes to decentralize government decision-making with strong potential to enhance human development, or (b) increased respect for the rights of vulnerable social groups (children, women, migrants, disabled, etc.).

CFLI priorities for this Call are in two-streams:

1. Strengthening the capacity of civil society and government actors (at the local level) to respond to official policies to decentralize the planning and management of public investment and promote the participation of citizens in the same; promote respect for the rights of vulnerable groups.

2. Co-finance the investment in the priorities identified by the public in participatory mechanisms established in response to official policies. To be eligible for co-financing priorities should (a) be closely tied to human development, (b) strengthen the credibility of the participatory processes, (c) have significant co-financing from the public sector and the beneficiaries, and (d) incorporate oversight by the beneficiaries.

The Fund is open to Non-profit entities with no political party affiliations established in the DR (NGOs, civic networks, community organizations, business associations and academic institutions, etc.) who preferably work in coordination with central government entities or municipalities.

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