NOW OPEN: CFP’s in Forestry, Culture and BC Arts

Call for Proposals: Forestry, Culture & ArtsHello again, Funds Fans!  It’s an eclectic day  on the funding front with offerings in the realms of tree seed research, culture projects and arts programs.

The Forest Genetics Council of British Columbia (FGC) has issued a Call for Proposals for funding under the Genecology and Seed Transfer Program (Program) for 2013-2014. This program is funded by the Land Based Investment Program and administered by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO).   Deadline: 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 31, 2013.

Scientifically sound and administratively efficient seed-transfer policy is an important component of forest management in British Columbia. Benefits include well-adapted forests (resilience), better productivity, assisted migration under climate change, and operational efficiency. Good policy also provides a framework by which operational activities are structured, including seed planning unit size, breeding program and seed orchard target areas, operational seed inventories, and genetic conservation.

Genecology research provides the scientific foundation upon which seed transfer policy is built, and also identifies tree populations with desirable characteristics that can be used in breeding and seed orchard programs. With changing climates, genecology research will support the development of operational responses in the form of tree species range and population expansion to maintain well adapted and productive regeneration. Finally, an understanding of genetic diversity patterns through genecology research allows efficient genetic conservation.

Final approval of all projects is subject to the availability of funds.  Priority will be given to proposals that:

  • support FGC objectives set out in the FGC Strategic Plan for 2009-2014,
  • address critical research and technical needs in genecology, and
  • address critical research and technical needs in seed transfer.

In other news, the European Union Culture Programme invites Canadian cultural organizations to propose initiatives which celebrate Europe’s cultural diversity and enhance shared cultural heritage through the development of cross-border co-operation.  Eligible applicants are organisations with legal personality whose main activity is in the cultural field (areas of cultural or creative activity) and whose head office is in one of the countries taking part in the EU’s Culture Programme.  Deadline for proposals is May 3, 2013.  Interested applicants should review the Guide and note that this Call for Proposals is listed as Strand 1.3.5 in the guidebook.

The project proposal must:

  • have a duration of not more than 24 months; the starting date of the project is between November 1, 2013 and October 31, 2014;
  • involve a minimum of three co-organisers drawn from three different countries taking part in the Programme;
  • involve cultural cooperation with at least one partner from Canada; at least 50% of the project activities should take place in Canada;
  • be the subject of an application requesting a grant of no less than EUR 50 000 and no more than EUR 200 000; the grant is limited to 50% of the eligible budget of the project.

Also, please note that the BC Arts Council has two upcoming application deadlines as follows: January 15th, 2013: Special Project Assistance – Innovations program which supports extraordinary commissioning, research, creation, development and/or production costs incurred by B.C. arts and cultural organizations for projects that demonstrate innovation, experimentation and risk taking. Funding will be provided for the commissioning, research, creation, development, production and/or public presentation of new works across the province by organizations with a demonstrated track record in the creation, development and production or public presentation of new work.  Grants range up to $50,000 +.

January 31st, 2013: Project Assistance – Community Arts Festivals which assists community-based arts and cultural organizations in British Columbia in the production of a local community arts festival. Awards under this program are intended to assist with the fees to professional artists and technicians engaged for the festival. Eligible projects may include presentation of original work, existing repertoire or exhibitions, or exploration of diverse forms. Festivals may feature a combination of local and touring artists. Awards will provide up to a maximum of $7,500. Priority will be given to festivals that engage B.C. and Canadian artists.

There it is, folks.  Happy Fund Hunting!  Don’t forget to check out the long list of other Deadline Alerts coming up during January.