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  • findfundsblogger 8:09 am on December 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    $150K+ for indigenous climate monitoring projects 

    The impacts of climate change are already being felt across Canada and include social, cultural, ecological and economic implications. Indigenous communities are among the most vulnerable to climate change due to their relationship with the natural world, traditional lifestyles, and in some instances, geographic location.

    The goal of the Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program is to support Indigenous peoples in monitoring climate indicators, which will provide the data required to inform community adaptation actions. In addition, the data can help address climate data gaps within Canada and improve climate models and weather predictions.

    The following organizations and individuals are eligible to receive funding through the program:

    • Indigenous communities and organizations (Métis Governing Member, Métis community, Inuit community, self-governing community, Land Claim Organizations)
    • First Nation band or tribal councils
    • Indigenous Individuals

    Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2018.  Project funding of $150,000+ is available.

  • findfundsblogger 4:17 pm on March 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    $15K-$20K for Building Social Connectedness in BC Communities 

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    The Healthy Communities Capacity Building fund (HCCBF) supports partnership development and innovative collaborative action between local BC governments, health authorities, and other community partners.

    For 2017/18, the HCCBF has a special focus on social connectedness. Socially connected communities support strong citizen engagement and increase the health and well-being of residents. Local governments can play a role in improving social connectedness and helping communities thrive by creating strong social environments and resilient neighbourhoods.

    Two streams of funding are available to local governments who are working in partnership with other sectors to improve social connectedness in communities or regions; Stream One: Cultivating Connections and Stream Two: Resilient Streets Demonstration Communities.

    Important Dates

    Stream 1: Cultivating Connections – Grants of up to $15,000 are available for up to six local governments working with other partners to understand and take action to improve social connectedness in their community or region.

    Stream 2: Resilient Streets Demonstration Communities – Grants of up to $20,000 are available for up to four local governments and their partners to adapt and implement the Resilient Streets program, an approach to building social connections between immediate neighbours on residential streets and in residential buildings.

    The following organizations are eligible to apply:

    • Regional Districts
    • Municipalities
    • First Nations Bands
    • First Nations Tribal Councils
    • Métis Chartered Communities
  • findfundsblogger 9:22 am on October 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Health Funding: NP4BC Program open again! 

    Nurses are Boss!Hey Funds Fans!  The NP4BC program has opened a second round for applications.  Deadline: 12:00pm noon on Friday, December 20th, 2013.

    The Nurse Practitioners for British Columbia (NP4BC) program supports the optimized use of Nurse Practitioner (NP) skills and competencies for primary health care by providing opportunities for NPs to be utilized as independent health practitioners, in collaborative inter-professional relationships with physicians and other health care providers.

    To support the further integration of NPs into the system, funding for up to 45 new NP positions per year over the next three years will be made available (2012/13 – 2014/15). Supporting the integration of NP roles will support increased access to primary health care services for high need priority populations and local gaps in care – frail elderly, chronic co-morbid, mental health and substance use, maternity, and unattached patients.

    All submissions must be supported and approved by the Health Authority with signatures from the Chief Nursing Officer and Primary Health Care Lead and by health care provider(s) collaborating with the NP. Submissions that do not have signed Health Authority approval will not be considered.

    NOTE: Funding under this initiative will not be used to fund NP positions in acute care practice settings.

    Make it happen!  Apply today 🙂

  • findfundsblogger 10:38 am on August 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    New funding for First Nation education 

    First Nation education funding

    Good day Funds Fans!  For educators, administrators and managers in First Nation education, this post is for you.

    The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that First Nation learners enjoy the same opportunities as other Canadians. To help meet this goal, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) is continually seeking new ways to enable First Nation educators to deliver the best possible programs for First Nation children and youth.

    This 2013-2014 Interim Call for Proposals is solely for proposals that address the Structural Readiness component found in both the Education Partnerships Program (EPP) and the First Nation Student Success Program (FNSSP) National Program Guidelines. This will allow First Nation education organizations to strengthen their organizational capacity for the delivery of educational services to First Nation Schools.  Grants range up to $25,000+ (estimate).  Deadline: September 16th, 2013.

    Eligible activities under the Structural Readiness component:

    • Governance and Leadership: May include developing and/or formalizing policies, processes and mechanisms to improve leadership attraction, selection, and professional development; recognize First Nation membership and establishing codes of conduct; formalizing relationships to local provincial bodies (e.g. school boards, ministries and colleges of teachers); ensuring transparent and well-respected practices for convening meetings, decision-making, conflict-resolution, conflict of interest, communication, ethics, and fairness.
    • External Relations: May include developing networks with federal and provincial departments, non-government organizations, professional associations, and corporations; participating in intergovernmental forums, committees, working groups pertaining to education issues; developing a process and procedures for communications with the public and other governments and mechanisms for participating in policy and program development.
    • Parental/Community Involvement: May include developing or formalizing community engagement processes that allow First Nation schools and communities to participate in decision-making, and that keep the community informed of decisions and changes to programs or policies; and dispute resolution measures and appeal mechanisms for First Nation members.
    • Planning, Performance Measurement and Risk Management: May include defining and acquiring stakeholder input and support for your organization’s mission, objectives, and vision; conducting long term strategic planning and ongoing policy development; developing and implementing a risk management framework and reporting mechanisms to foster continuous improvement, accountability and results; and establishing processes to administer, monitor, and report on delivery of second-level services.
    • Financial Management: May include developing and/or implementing a financial management plan; developing processes to track financial transactions and monitor assets, liabilities, revenues and expenditures; developing policies, procedures and processes for the collection of revenues, development and distribution of audited financial statements, and tendering/awarding of contracts; and developing formal processes and procedures for allocation of funding to individual First Nations in a fair and transparent manner.
    •  Human Resources Management: May include developing a human resource management plan; and establishing or formalizing human resource policies and processes for recruiting, screening (including volunteers), hiring, retaining, terminating, professional development and/or compensating personnel required to deliver education services.
    • Information Management and Information Technology: May include developing an Information Management and Information Technology management plan and policies; and developing or improving business practices related to collecting, storing and distributing information (e.g. data security, access to information and privacy policies, document management, and computer hardware and software).

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  • findfundsblogger 8:05 am on May 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NOW OPEN: Literacy and Essential Skills Funding 

    OLES Funding now availableHello again, Funds Fans!  It’s too early to tell if I’ve turned over a new leaf from my blue funk induced procrastinating ways but two posts in two days is a good sign, right?

    I will be working on a May Deadline Alert for tomorrow’s post but for today, I wanted to let you know that the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) is inviting eligible organizations to submit proposals to indicate their interest in being part of a pan-Canadian network (PCN) focused on improving the labour market outcomes of Canadians through strengthened literacy and essential skills (LES).  Grants range up to $100,000 (estimate) Deadline: May 24th, 2013.

    Projects must support at least one of the following basic objectives:

    • address employability issues by developing LES knowledge and/or resources that help adults get jobs or improve their employment prospects;
    • address workplace issues, including digital skills challenges, by developing LES knowledge and/or resources that help adults perform better in their jobs and advance in the workplace; and/or
    • fill knowledge gaps by developing LES knowledge and/or resources for adults that improve our understanding of what works for adult LES.

    Eligible recipients include:

    • Not-for-profit organizations;
    • For-profit organizations – (For-profit organizations may be eligible for funding provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial, not intended to generate profit, and supports program priorities and objectives);
    • Municipal governments;
    • Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities); and
    • Provincial and territorial governments, institutions, agencies and Crown Corporations.

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    • Alma Louis 9:09 am on May 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      HI there I just wanted to thank you for doing your update posts on funding available it’s been very helpful.

      Kudos and thanks once again.

  • findfundsblogger 4:08 pm on May 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Let’s hear it for our Elders & Seniors :) 

    Now accepting applications!

    NOW OPEN!!  New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.  Grants are available for projects that encourage seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others and help communities increase their capacity to address local issues.Maximum Grant: $25,000.  Deadline: June 29th, 2012

    Eligibility includes a wide range of organizations such as: not-for-profit organizations, coalitions and networks, municipal governments, research organizations and institutes, educational institutions (i.e. universities, colleges, CEGEPs), public health and social service institutions, band/tribal councils and other Aboriginal organizations, for-profit enterprises and school boards/school districts.

    Also, for any of you who have connections in Ontario, the Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training is accepting applications from individuals and organizations for Employment and Training funding for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

    They are seeking applications for the following priorities:

    •  Community Capacity Building: Management Training

    •  Economic Development:  Self Employment Assistance

    Applications for this call to be reviewed as submitted Applications that lead to employment will be a priority **Proposal applications are accepted year round**

    Woo hoo!  Go get ’em!!

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  • findfundsblogger 8:15 am on March 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Still Mo' Money Out There! 


    Albino Cow Moose - Fort St. James B.C.

    Hello from the Fort, Funds Fans!  We made it and yes – we have wi-fi.  We don’t have a snowbrush for the truck but that’s a minor detail easily remedied by using a regular household broom.  Granted, it’s not as sophisticated as using a proper snowbrush but it works.  I’ll thank you to know that due to careful foresight on other fronts, that being the fact that I have 200 lbs. worth of sandbags in the back, I was able to use my travel mug as a sand scoop this afternoon when I couldn’t quite get back up the hill from our resort.  I’ve been advised to take the hill straight-on next time and to “gun it” in order to get enough momentum to reach the top without spinning out halfway.  I’ll let you know how this tactic works out.  There’s a corner at the top of the hill flanked by twelve foot snowbanks…

    The photo is from Wildlife Group, taken in Fort St. James.  However, since it’s not a travel blog, I’ll get straight to the point.  For those of you just tuning in, what we do here is provide timely updates on open funding calls, Request for Proposal opportunities and other juicy tidbits on where and how to find money for your community, your organization or for your client.  I also shamelessly promote the use of Professional Writers for any proposal writing and reporting requirements for reasons found in previous posts.  I do try to keep things fun and funny around here but for the really funny stuff you should check out and LIKE my FaceBook page. 

    So, where’s the money?

    BMO Financial Group provides donations and sponsorships at both the community and national levels.  Specific projects or programs may be supported if they add value to the scope of services offered by an organization in the following areas:

    • Education
    • Hospitals, Health and Research
    • Civic and Community Services
    • Arts and Culture

    Donation requests are reviewed quarterly by BMO’s Corporate Donations Committee and donations are made to organizations designated as registered charities by Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.  Multi-year funding is available.  It appears that Sponsorship requests are not quite as stringent in their eligibility and may be made at any time provided the proposal is complete as per BMO guidelines.

    Farm Credit Canada provides funding for rural community initiatives through their FCC Agri-Spirit Fund.  Donations from $5,000 to $25,000 are available to supplement other fundraising efforts.  Successful projects in the past have included hospitals and medical centres, childcare facilities, fire and rescue equipment, playgrounds, food banks, libraries, recreation centres and community gardens.  Online applications will be open from May 7 to June 18, 2012.  Eligible applicants include: 

    • a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency
    • a registered non-profit organization
    • a municipal body (a municipal body can include a town, city under 100,000 people, a rural municipality or a First Nations band)
    • a non-profit organization that will partner with a municipal body who agrees to receive the money contributed and issue a receipt in their name

    Eligible projects will:

    • enhance the vitality of rural Canada
    • be completed between December 1,2012 and December 31, 2014
    • be accessible to all members of the community
    • be a capital project (equipment, building funds, etc.)
    • be located in rural Canada
    • benefit a rural community with a population less than 100,000 people
    • recognize FCC’s contribution and allow FCC to put up a permanent sign

    Fundsblogger Note:  I will send out a Deadline Alert closer to the date.  For any keeners out there, it’s never too early to start planning.

    For those of you with a Thrifty Foods in your neighbourhood, Thrifty provides community support grants and community organization sponsorship grants.  Applications for over $500 are reviewed on a monthly basis, requests under $500 are reviewed bi-weekly.  Please submit applications at least six (6) weeks prior to the event or anticipated need.

    For those of you who have any sort of memories or experience related to Canadian Forestry, there is an opportunity for you to contribute to the World Forest History Series.  “The volumes are intended to address… the “rise of state and scientific forestry and the evolution of environmental land management practices, with a special focus on colonial forestry and its legacy,” and to “feature a substantial section of primary sources related to the history of humans and forests.” (emphasis added)  Editors would appreciate hearing from anyone interested in contributing at their earliest convenience.

    Fundsblogger note: Please see my FB post “Help write the book on Forestry!”  for contact details on this opportunity.

    That’s all from here, folks.  Your comments and suggestions are always welcome 🙂

  • findfundsblogger 4:03 pm on March 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    A BlotweePo hangover and a ramble on tax credits 

    Good morning Funds Fans!  I think I have a BlotweePo hangover this morning having blogged, tweeted and posted myself into a digital delirium all week.  However, it’s been worth it as I’ve received some wonderful notes of support and appreciation.  Thank you very much!

    For those of you just tuning in, what we do here is provide you with timely updates on open funding calls, Request for Proposal opportunities and other juicy tidbits on where and how to find money for your organization or client.  You are more than welcome to post a topic that you’d like me to have a look at or ask a question about the the proposal process.  As my intelligence is somewhere betwen village idiot and genius, you’re guaranteed at least a funny, if not helpful, response.

    Following up from yesterdays posts on available business opportunities through RFP’s and the side notes dealing with First Nation inclusion, I wanted to ensure that all B.C. business owners and investors are aware that B.C. offers significant tax breaks for new venture capital.  Taylor Kate Brown writes a tidy article on the subject and notes that “British Columbia… offers a significant investment tax break for equity investors backing small businesses in the province, but…recently expanded the program to the tune of $3 million to further jump start angel investing… For investors, eligible annual investments can mean up to a 30% tax credit.” (emphasis added)  For investors who fund eligible companies under the categories of CleanTech, New Media or Community “…the British Columbia government will allow you to take up to $60,000 in tax credits each year as an individual. If 30% of your investment is more than the $60,000 limit, additional credit left over from that year’s investment can be applied for up four additional tax years.”

    This is not like finding 30 cents on the breadbox folks.  This is BIG money and I encourage you to utilize this tool by either forming joint-venture companies with First Nations or investing in First Nation start-ups.

    …and for heaven’s sakes use good grammar in your proposals!!  Bye for now and hope to see you on FB!

    Cheeky but True!

  • findfundsblogger 5:29 am on March 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    WTF??? …as in Where's The Funds? 

    During my funding research today, I came across an article by Theresa McManus (Twitter @TheresaMcManus) indicating the success of  “six New West Minster based organizations” who had received funding from Metro Vancouver’s $11 million dollar piece of the Federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy’s (FHPS) pie.  Then, while reviewing the latest happenings related to the Pickton Inquiry, it appeared that although the Inquiry seems to be yet another huge disappointment and continuing source of frustration for First Nations, the usual political games are being played out by the media.

    This concerned me, so I wrote to a trusted peer Ernie Crey (Twitter @Cheyom1) to inquire if the additional support funding being funneled through agencies such as the “six New West Minster based organizations” from the FHPS is Canada’s way of saying “We know there’s a problem and we are doing our best to solve it.”?

    Although the Inquiry may be bogged down by RCMP ass-covering antics, it does appear that Canada is being pro-active on another front; a front which does not include feeding the huge salaries of lawyers.  Yet, although the RCMP (a federal agency) has ponied up to cover the cost of trying to cover their own ass leaving First Nations without support, does it necessarily mean that Canada is a heartless, misogynistic governing body when, in this particular funding pie, Metro Vancouver is responsible for developing funding priorities?

    … and where is the rest of that $11 million going?


    Stephanie Lasuik

    the blogular fund finder


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