Deadline Alert: Western Diversification Proposals due Feb. 19th

Deadline Alert!HOLD THE PHONE, Funds Fans!!  How I missed this one in the February list is beyond me…

The Western Diversification Program (WDP) is one of the programs through which Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) makes strategic investments in initiatives that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada.

The WDP Call for Proposals (CFP) process is now open. Deadline: Thursday, February 19th, 2015 @ 1:00 p.m. pacific time/2:00 p.m. mountain time/3:00 p.m. central time.  Grants range from $50,000+ (estimate)

Funding is provided to not-for-profit organizations such as:

  • Industry associations, economic development organizations, cultural organizations, and societies;
  • Post-secondary institutions;
  • Co-operatives;
  • Hospitals and regional health care centers;
  • First Nations as represented by their Chief and Council, Tribal Councils and Aboriginal-led not-for-profit associations and organizations;
  • Municipal Governments and organizations created by them;
  • Federal Crown Corporations (Treasury Board Secretariat will be consulted prior to any funding decisions for Federal Crown Corporations); and,
  • Provincial Government Departments, agencies and Crown Corporations (although eligible within the WDP Terms and Conditions, WD would require an Order in Council to contract with these organizations. As such, any projects would be considered on an exceptional basis).

Applications received under the WDP-CFP process must directly support one (or more) of the following WD Strategic Priorities:

  • Innovation
  • Skills Development and Training
  • Trade and Investment
  • Building Capacity for Defence Procurement Opportunities; and,
  • Economic Growth Acceleration Opportunities for Aboriginal Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis)

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