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  • findfundsblogger 11:24 am on February 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    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)

    Get the word out and share with your networks!

  • findfundsblogger 1:42 pm on July 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    B.C. Small Business Grants! 

    B.C. Small Business grantsYo-ho-ho, Funs Fans!  Here’s the Two-Week Countdown for “Open for Business Award” applications sponsored by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.  Communities throughout British Columbia are encouraged to submit their Open for Business award application before the deadline on July 11, 2014.

    The award provides $10,000 for up to 20 local governments that best demonstrate they are operating within the spirit of the B.C. Small Business Accord. The Accord was established to help foster a progressive business culture where government initiatives support current and future generations of small business owners across the province. The intent of the financial award is to fund a local, small business-friendly initiative that aligns with principles of the Accord.

    Award evaluations will be based on local measures that make it easier to do business in that community. The evaluation criteria reflects the Accord by recognizing that when small businesses are celebrated and supported by their local government,, they are more likely to be competitive and innovative in their community.

    Other community organizations such as Chambers of Commerce are encouraged to work with their local governments to submit applications.  Winners will be announced at the Union of BC Municipalities Annual Convention in September.

    Please share and re-tweet within interested networks!

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  • findfundsblogger 11:55 am on January 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    New: Grants for innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth experiments 

    Business development fundingHello Funds Fans!  Here’s an interesting looking fund for business development and/or research.  Check it out!

    These global grants for innovation, entrepreneurship and growth experiments funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Nesta.  The main aim of this call for proposals is to fund experimental research that provides evidence on the best approaches to increase innovation, support high-growth entrepreneurship and accelerate business growth.  This call for proposals is relevant to:

    • Programme delivery organisations and operators involved in entrepreneurship training and education programmes, innovation management and commercialisation, or other programmes that aim to support innovation and entrepreneurship, who are interested in participating in research projects and undertaking randomised controlled trials.
    • Researchers interested in designing and conducting randomised controlled trials on innovation and entrepreneurship.

    They welcome applications from researchers and programme delivery organisations from around the world.  Deadline: 5pm, Monday, February 24th, 2014.

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  • findfundsblogger 8:46 am on May 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Funding for the Organics Sector and for Veteran Memorial projects 

    Looking for project dollars?

    Looking for project dollars?

    Hello again Funds Fans!  Here it is the last day of May 2013 already.  In case you missed it, please have a look at the Deadline Alerts for June.  Also, as below, the OSDP has a deadline coming up next week which I missed on the Alert.

    The Organic Sector Development Program Strategic Initiative (OSDP) has a mandate to facilitate the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector’s ability to seize opportunities, to respond to new and emerging issues, and to path-find and pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues in order to help it adapt and remain competitive.  Any person or organisation with an interest in the organic sector may apply. Sector participants may include primary producers, processors, handlers, members of the educational community and government and private regulators.  Deadline: June 7th, 2013. Grants range from $1,000 to $100,000.

    Veterans Affairs Canada is committed to partnering with communities across Canada to build cenotaphs/monuments and major additions to existing ones, to commemorate the achievements and sacrifices of those who served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace through the Community War Memorial ProgramDeadline for this quarter: July 5th, 2013.  These monuments are used as gathering places for people to collectively remember those who have served Canada. They have the ability to bring Canadians together for Remembrance Day services and other military anniversaries or milestones, and help ensure that remembrance continues to be visible to Canadians in their own communities.

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  • findfundsblogger 10:49 am on November 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    $25,000 for school technology!! 

    Up to $25,000 for technology upgrades!Happy pre-Friday, Funds Fans!  Here’s one that caught my eye today and it’s a good one 🙂

    Future Shop is offering technology grants to upgrade Grade 9-12 classrooms with the latest equipment.   With the right tools to jump-start their imaginations, students can learn, create, and connect in new and exciting ways.  Future Shop believes one of the best ways we can reduce the digital and economic divide for talented youth is by providing state-of-the-art technology to schools, which help students stay inspired, motivated and empowered as they move into post-secondary education and the workforce.  We believe that these digital tools will spark students’ imagination and creativity so they can do more, learn more, and achieve more.  Maximim Grant: $25,000  Deadline to apply: December 20th, 2012.

    Please share with your networks Canada-wide.

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  • findfundsblogger 10:45 am on September 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Sunday Post: Back from black 

    We're back from black!Hi Funds Fans!  After a brief, and undeserved suspension, this blog is back on the digital highway.  What a horrifying experience; being in the dark.  When I read that I had somehow violated the WordPress Terms of Service and realized that every visitor would be turned away, a thousand things started going through my mind and a sense of panic set in.

    I wondered had my blog been hacked and used in some dark, digital way by spammers?  Had I been accused of plagarism or copyright infringement?  Did some dimwit automatically assume that because the phrase “findfun” is in the blog title that this site is some XXX piece and report it?  Did someone have an issue with me crediting their work on my blog?  Am I about to get sued? ….

    This torture went on for a few hours as I poured through the Terms of Service over and over again, emailed Support and posted in the community forum.  Finally, and much to my relief, an actual person from WordPress Support emailed me with news about the suspension.  It was something small and simple and weird.

    Before I get to what it was that caused my entire blog to be advertised as entirely defunct, I think it’s important to note that WordPress Support works at amazing speed.  From the time of suspension to the first email from an actual person at Support, only three hours had passed.  This seems incredible considering that Freshly Pressed stats tell us that there are nearly half a million blogs out there and (as of right now), over one million new posts.  It took them ONLY three hours to respond to a blogger who represents just 0.000002% of the blogging community.  Outstanding!

    Of course, at the time it felt like an eternity and I was in terrible angst over all the possible new visitors who were being turned away, possibly never to return, feeling horrified at the thought that I’d let down all my regular viewers and those who had shared the now dead link with their friends, thus spreading the shame to the innocent.  Dramatic?  Maybe.  Nevertheless, it was a sincerely horrifying experience to be suddenly and arbitrarily shut down and blacklisted; condemned guilty without a trial and without knowledge of the charge.  The only thing between me and eternal darkness being a WordPress Support technician; someone I’d never met and who could be living anywhere on God’s green earth.

    As it turned out, it was a small matter.  I had linked to a funding source that had recently re-organized and undergone a name change but the funding data and applications were still being hosted on the old domain.  I was required to remove any links to the old domain site.  Simple.  The weird part is that the old domain was a publicly funded organization.

    So, although we’ve been allowed back into the digital light stream, some dark questions seem to remain.

  • findfundsblogger 9:30 am on September 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    NOW OPEN: Skills Link and Career Focus funding from Service Canada 

    YES (Youth Employment Strategy)

    Deadline: October 19th, 2012

    Hi Funds Fans!  Following on our theme from yesterday , Service Canada has just opened two funding portals to assist youth in obtaining the necessary training, workplace experience and skills required in today’s Canadian job market.  The Government of Canada (through Service Canada) is presently accepting applications for funding from organizations interested in acting as Community Coordinators and receiving financial assistance for the delivery of Skills Link and Career Focus activities.

    The Skills Link program is a client-centered program that provides funding for employers and organizations to offer eligible activities to youth facing barriers to employment.The objectives of the program are to help youth overcome barriers to employment, to help them develop a broad range of skills and knowledge in order to participate in the current and future labour market and to promote education and skills as being key to labour market participation.  The main outcomes of the Skills Link program focus on the skills acquired and the extent to which the program helped clients realize educational achievements, improve their employability and/or obtain employment.

    Eligible organizations include:

    • businesses, including federal crown corporations found on Schedule III, Part II of the Financial Administration Act and comparable provincial crown corporations;
    • organizations including, but not limited to, professional associations, non-profit organizations, public health and educational institutions, band/tribal councils, Aboriginal organizations and municipal governments;
    • provincial and territorial government departments and agencies if specified in a federal/provincial/territorial agreement or Memorandum of Understanding, or specifically approved by the Minister.

    The Career Focus program is intended to help inexperienced post-secondary graduate Canadians ages 15 to 30 acquire the work experience, knowledge, advanced employability skills and information they need to prepare for the labour market and become leaders in their fields.  The objectives of the Career Focus program are to:

    • Increase the supply of highly qualified people;
    • Facilitate the transition of highly-skilled young people to a rapidly changing labour market;
    • Promote the benefits of advanced studies; and
    • Demonstrate federal leadership by investing in the skills required to meet the needs of the knowledge economy.

    The main outcomes of the Career Focus program focus on advanced skills acquisition through career-related work experiences and return to advanced-level studies.  In order to align Career Focus with the objectives of the Digital Economy Strategy, until March 31, 2014, special consideration will be given to interventions providing work experience that further develops and/or requires the application of digital skills.

    Eligible organizations include:

    • businesses, including federal crown corporations found on Schedule III, Part II of the Financial Administration Act and comparable provincial crown corporations;
    • organizations including, but not limited to, professional associations, non-profit organizations, public health and educational institutions, band/tribal councils, Aboriginal organizations and municipal governments;
    • provincial and territorial government departments and agencies if specified in a federal/provincial/territorial agreement or Memorandum of Understanding, or specifically approved by the Minister.
    That’s what we have for you today folks, but stay tuned because September will be a month of reaping and there are a lot more funds coming your way!

    Remember, if you can’t make use of the information you probably know someone who can so share, share, share…

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  • findfundsblogger 12:34 pm on August 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Big $$: Innovative Research and Geomatics Technology Commercialization 

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    Hello, Funds Fans!  It’s your friendly, neighbourhood Bloggy Bloggerton leaping Calls for Proposals in a single bound.  For those of you stopping by for the first time, what I do here is provide timely updates on open funding calls, Request for Proposal opportunities and other opportunities for where and how to find money for your community, your organization or for your client.  Although I do try to keep things fun and funny around here, for the really funny stuff you should check out and LIKE my FaceBook page.

    Today is a lovely, August day here in the Fraser Valley and the count down to our annual Family Camping Trip to Blue Lake  has begun.  We’ll be heading out there on Sunday once my daughter has finished her routine with the Chilliwack Giants Cheerleaders at this weekends Chilli-Bowl Football Tournie.  Go Giants!

    After a week of tenting, canoeing, ‘Smores and star-gazing at Blue Lake, we’ll be heading to Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island for a somewhat less “rough” experience; staying at Reef Point Cottages.  What a privilege to be able to experience such diverse landscapes and eco-systems all within two weeks!  If at least one of my daughters doesn’t end up as a Biologist, Botanist or Environmental Technician I will be very surprised.  There is such an unending amount of beauty and mystery to discover in nature.  Beautiful British Columbia indeed!

    Anyway, on with the show.  Where’s the money?

    The International Research Development Centre (IDRC) has just opened their second call for small grants under their Innovative Research and Knowledge Sharing funding streams.  Grants range from $1,000 to $60,000.00.  Deadline:  August 31, 2012.

    The IDRC is a Canadian Crown corporation established by an act of Parliament in 1970 to help developing countries find solutions to their problems.  They encourage and support researchers and innovators in those countries to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems their societies face. Their goal is to find ways to reduce poverty, improve health, support innovation, and safeguard the environment.

    Grants are open to local, regional, national, and international organizations incorporated and headquartered in Canada, that produce or share knowledge for development. Individuals may not apply. Organizations new to IDRC are encouraged to apply.

    Available funding streams are categorized as follows:

    $1,000 to $15,000 for support of events and for small dissemination activities and products.

    $15,000 to $60,000 for support towards research, knowledge-building, and knowledge-sharing projects.

    For project or partner ideas, please see our post from last Friday.

    Also, we have just learned that Tecterra has opened up four new Calls for Proposals to support the commercialization of geomatics technology.   Of particular interest is the Industry Investment ProgramGrants range from $100,000 to $500,000 per project.  Deadline: September 6th, 2012.

    Geomatics is the discipline of gathering, storing, processing, and delivering geographic information, or spatially referenced information.  (Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geomatics)

    This program provides an opportunity for Canadian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), preferably in collaboration with research organizations, government and other stakeholder communities, to put forward their ideas and plans to create economic value for Alberta, and the rest of Canada, through the development and commercialization of geomatics technology.  Funding will focus on solutions for energy, forestry, agriculture, environment, land management and land development.  Those interested in being considered for the first review of this funding opportunity should submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) using the form provided.

    Fundsblogger Note: This source may be of particular relevance to First Nation organizations in B.C.

    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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  • findfundsblogger 1:40 pm on August 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Agroforestry Industry Development Funding NOW OPEN! 

    Agroforestry BC

    Deadline for applications: September 11th, 2012. Maximum Grant $25,000 + (estimated)

    The Agroforestry Industry Development Initiative (AIDI) is working to support the development and adoption of agroforestry practices for the benefit of all British Columbians.
    Their goals are to:

    • Develop the business case for agroforestry practices in British Columbia;
    • Improve market connections for agroforestry products and services;
    • Demonstrate agroforestry practices to showcase operational examples of agroforestry systems;
    • Improve agroforestry awareness, extension and education; and,
    • Expand and strengthen partnerships among agroforestry practitioners and stakeholder organizations.

    AIDI funding is open to qualified Canadian legal entities (as it relates to the legal jurisdiction of the entities), capable of entering into a contract to deliver a project, including but not limited to:

    • Individuals;
    • Organizations and associations;
    • Cooperatives;
    • Marketing boards;
    • Corporations;
    • Aboriginal groups;
    • Non-profit organizations including Industry Councils; and,
    • For-profit companies.

    Notes: Federal, provincial and territorial government departments or agencies, and colleges and universities are not eligible for funding. The project funding level will be considered on a case-by-case basis. There may be a cap on funding available for individual projects.

    The Agroforestry Management Committee will be considering new letters of intent (LOI) and proposals to the BC Agroforestry Industry Development Initiative (AIDI) at their Tuesday, September 18, 2012 meeting.

    To ensure your LOI or proposal is considered at this meeting, please submit them no later than Tuesday September 11. Those wishing assistance in developing a proposal for consideration at this review meeting should contact the Project Development and Communication Services Manager (support@agroforestry.info) well in advance of the intake deadline.

    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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  • findfundsblogger 9:59 am on June 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Nice! Social Media/Web support for NPO’s 

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    Hello, Funds Fans!  Welcome to Friday.  I must say, I have been inspired by all the charitable organizations I’ve learned about through this blog and the many charitable activities going on out there that we’ve learned about from our new Twitter friends.  A while back, I posted our thoughts on “profit“, doing good is profitable – perhaps not for the pocketbook but for the soul.  So, amen for all of you who are out there doing good.  It just feels good to do good.

    For any of you who are in the process of setting up a charitable organization or a non-profit within Canada or if you are looking to extend your social media reach, the Pixel Sweatshop offers a unique in-kind donation program to support select charitable organizations.  As part of this program, they will match your organization dollar-for-dollar, up to a maximum of $10,000 of in-kind support to help increase your reach through web, social and print media.

    The goals of Pixel’s Code for Change program are to help charities increase accessibility to available services for marginalized individuals; increase the capacity for organizations to operate effectively using online communication; and to lower organizational core operating costs.  Application forms can be obtained online.

    It’s short but sweet today, folks.

    Don’t forget to LIKE us on FaceBook and follow us on Twitter @fundsblogger and you can check us out here too!

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