NEW! An RFP for Rural Native Housing and a CFP from HRSDC’s Sectoral Initiatives Program

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Hi again, Funds Fans.  There’s more good funding news to share today so let’s get to it.

BC Housing is inviting prospective proponents to submit proposals for the transfer of properties and ownership of Rural Native Housing in various regions within British Columbia.  Deadline: November 8th, 2012.   The selected provider(s) will acquire ownership and management responsibility for all RNH properties within a defined region, as further described in Part 2 – The Deliverables (Deliverables).  The Provider(s) will be required to enter into an Operating Agreement with Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA).  Note: Proponents do not have to be a member of AHMA to participate in this RFP process.

BC Housing, together with the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA), will evaluate submissions from Aboriginal non-profit societies on their approach towards operating housing units for Aboriginal people as well as the society’s ability and capacity to manage these additional housing units based on their prior experience with delivering housing to Aboriginal peoples.  BC Housing will host a teleconference information meeting on October 4, 2012 at 10:00am. This meeting will include representatives from BC Housing and AHMA and will be used to explain the partnership between the two organizations to seek out creative Aboriginal housing solutions.

Also, Human Resources & Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) have opened a Call for Concept Papers under the Sectoral Initiatives Program (SIP).  Deadline: October 29th, 2012.  Maximum Grant: $2 million annually, over three years. In exceptional cases, funding can be extended beyond the three-year maximum.  NOTE:  For this call, the maximum federal contribution must not exceed 95 percent of total project costs.

The Program aims to address current skills shortages and reduce the likelihood of new skills shortages, by supporting the development and dissemination of labour market intelligence. Through this competitive process, SIP will fund partnership-based projects that are national in scope and/or nationally significant and that support the development of labour market information (LMI), national occupational standards (NOS) and certification/accreditation regimes, to address skills shortages in sectors of Canada’s economy.  This call is open to all organizations that meet the eligibility criteria. If your organization is well positioned to respond to the requirements described in this Applicant Guide, you are encouraged to apply.

The following types of organizations that have a demonstrated capacity to lead national, partnership-based projects are eligible to submit concept papers:

  • Aboriginal organizations;
  • Education or training bodies;
  • Municipalities;
  • Not-for-profit organizations;
  • Professional associations;
  • Provincial and territorial governments;
  • Voluntary sector organizations; and
  • Workplace organizations, including chambers of commerce, unions and business associations.

All project submissions must be partnership-based; industry participation is mandatory. Applicants are expected to create or build on partnerships that strengthen project outcomes through their reach, expertise, and financial or in-kind support.

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