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  • findfundsblogger 2:24 pm on March 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Agriculture funding for BC growers & entrepreneurs 


    The Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC has several funding streams available.

    BC Government Buy Local Program: Businesses and organizations can apply for matching funding (i.e., applicants are required to contribute 50% in cash of the total cost of the project budget) for projects that promote local foods that are grown, raised, harvested, or processed in BC. Grants from $5,000 to $30,000 available.  Deadlines: May 6, July 8, September 9, November 10, 2017.  Projects must meet the following objectives:

    • Increase use of British Columbia’s agriculture, food and seafood sectors in the domestic marketplace
    • Build consumer preference, demand and sales for BC agrifoods sold within the province

    Growing Forward 2, BC Agrifood and Seafood Export Program: Eligible projects should enable BC’s agriculture, food and seafood sectors to increase export sales and expand international market access through participation in international market development activities. A maximum of $50,000 in funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds have been fully allocated. Participants must contribute 50% in cash of the total project cost.  Deadlines: May 4, July 5, October 4, December 4, 2017.

    Growing Forward 2, Canada-BC Agri Innovation Program: Funding is available to support industry, academia, retailers and others in late stage research and pilot projects that lead to the commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products, technologies and practices.  Funding is expected to be cost-shared, with significant potential for net benefit to the industry or agri-food region of the province. Eligible projects may be funded up to 100% in cases where the potential benefit to industry is demonstrated to be substantial.  Applications being accepted on an on-going basis until March 31, 2018.

    Agriculture and Agrifood Adaptation Programs: Sometimes referred to as ‘General Funding’, IAF’s Agriculture and Agri-food Adaptation program funding is available for projects that assist the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector’s ability to seize opportunities, to respond to new and emerging issues, and to  pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues in order to help it to adapt and remain competitive. Deadlines: April 13, July 7, 2017. Funding is available for projects that match one or more of the following strategic priorities:

    • Seize new opportunities
    • Respond to new and emerging issues
    • Pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues to help the sector adapt and remain competitive

    Other funding programs require that you first send an inquiry.  Please check out the full list of programs here.



  • findfundsblogger 7:13 am on June 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Attn: B.C. Researchers, Grads and Innovative Industries 

    Climate Change GHG reductionOpen Call for Expressions of Interest: Shovel-Ready Projects

    The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) is inviting EOIs for shovel-ready projects that can deliver significant and sustainable near-term greenhouse gas reductions in Alberta. Only projects that can reduce GHG emissions by greater than 50,000 tonnes CO2e annually and be fully implemented before 2020 will be considered. GHG reductions must be quantifiable, and verifiable.  Submission due: July 2, 2015 at 16:30 MT

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  • findfundsblogger 10:21 am on April 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Up to $20,000 for classroom technology 

    Future Shop grants

    Funds a-hoy, Funds Fans!  Check this out while I get the May Deadline Alert ready 🙂

    The Future Generation Tech Lab Grant program offers monetary grants for secondary schools looking to upgrade or introduce new technology into a specific program or classroom primarily used by students in grades 9-12 to inspire and empower students to achieve their highest potential.  Maximum grant: $20,000.  Deadline: May 23rd, 2014.

    Tips for writing a successful application: Illustrate how the technology purchased will inspire, motivate and empower students in their studies; Outline how the technology will bring innovation to the classroom; Illustrate the impact this new technology will have on the student experience and potential for learning; Ensure that the list of new technology purchased with the grant is reflective of the case made for a grant.

    There it is, folks!  Go and get it!!

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  • findfundsblogger 9:20 am on March 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Water, Environment and Health: Funding is here!! 

    Water, health and environment fundingGood day, Funds Fans!  Three new funds for you to have a look at today.  Enjoy!

    The 2014 Drinking Water Week Community Event Program will provide funding to communities / organizations in BC & Yukon to host educational events and activities. Each community / organization is eligible to receive $1,000 in funding for their event or activity.  Deadline: March 17th, 2014 (Monday).

    The SD Tech Fund Canadian business grants program is now accepting applications until April 16th, 2014.  The application process is a two-step process that includes the submission of a statement of interest followed by a full application.  For those of you not familiar with the SD Tech Fund Grants for Canadian businesses program, SD Tech Fund supports Canadian businesses engaged in projects that deliver both environmental and economic benefits to Canadian citizens.  More specifically, SD Tech Fund helps Canadian businesses demonstrate new technologies in the areas of:

    • Clean water
    • Clean air
    • Climate change
    • Clean land

    Note: This funding program is suited for companies with projects in the range of $600,000 and $10 million in size.

    Grand Challenges Explorations Round 13 is now open. Applications will be accepted until May 6th, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.  Awards of $100,000 USD are made in Phase I. Phase I awardees have one opportunity to apply for a follow-on Phase II award of up to $1,000,000 USD.

    Explorations Round 13 Topics include:

    New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions – new!

    Explore New Ways to Measure Fetal and Infant Brain Development – new!

    Inciting Healthy Behaviors: nudge, disrupt, leapfrog, reach

    Novel Enabling Tools and Models Supporting Development of Interventions for Enteric Dysfunction

    Innovations in Feedback & Accountability Systems for Agricultural Development

    Grand Challenges Explorations is open to both foreign and domestic non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, international organizations, government agencies and academic institutions. Individuals are not eligible to receive an award as part of the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative from the foundation. Additionally, organizations that are classified as individuals for U.S. tax purposes (including sole proprietorships and some single member limited liability companies) are similarly not eligible to receive an award from the foundation.

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  • findfundsblogger 9:27 am on February 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    NOW OPEN: Communities At Risk funding 


    The Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness has recently announced the next call for proposals for the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program (SIP).  This program is designed to help communities at risk of hate-motivated crime improve their security infrastructure, which will help make Canada safer for all Canadians.

    Funding is available to eligible not-for-profit organizations linked to a community at risk of being victimized by hate-motivated crime. The funds are to help with the costs of security infrastructure improvements for places of worship, provincially recognized educational institutions, and community centers in communities at risk of hate-motivated crime.  Applicants not eligible for funding include Crown Corporations, public institutions, for-profit organizations and individuals.

    Approved projects may receive up to 50% of total project costs to a maximum of $100,000 per project.  Applicants must demonstrate that they are able to provide cash and/or in-kind contributions amounting to at least 50% of the total project costs. These contributions must be from non-governmental sources and must be confirmed at the time the application is submitted.

    Examples of eligible costs include:

    • Security assessments.
    • Minor construction costs related to the project, including fees for contractors, labour and equipment rental required to install security infrastructure.
    • Security equipment and hardware costs, including alarm systems, fences, gates, lighting, security film for windows, closed circuit television systems, exterior cameras, relocation of existing exterior cameras, anti-graffiti sealant, motion detectors, signage and landscaping.

    In 2014, applications will be accepted on an on-going basis, there is no deadline date for submissions. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications well in advance of the anticipated start date of their project.

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  • findfundsblogger 10:15 am on December 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NOW OPEN: Enabling Accessibility in Workplaces 

    Funding for disability supportsGood day to you, Funds Fans!  Some breaking news this morning 🙂

    Employment and Social Development Canada has opened up a Call for Proposals under the Enabling Accessibility in Workplaces funding stream.  For the purpose of this Call for Proposals (CFP), funding will be provided to successful applicants to facilitate and support employment opportunities for people with disabilities through construction and renovation projects that will improve accessibility in the workplace. This CFP is open to small businesses and social enterprises only.  Maximum Grant: $50,000.  Deadline: January 20, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST

    Applicants must submit proposals which include either construction, renovation and/or retrofit activities for:

    • facilities where people with disabilities work or in which job opportunities could be maintained or created specifically for people with disabilities;
    • motor vehicles for work use; and
    • information and communications technologies for work use.

    Eligible Applicants include:

    • Small businesses: a for-profit organization with fewer than 50 employees and less than $5 million in gross revenue per year. For the purpose of this CFP, a small business applicant must demonstrate the existence of an employer-employee relationship in its organization to be eligible for funding. An applicant organization would demonstrate the employer-employee relationship based on the answers in the Application for Funding/Agreement (see Question 35). Self-employed individuals are not eligible for funding.
    • Social enterprises: an ongoing business or venture of any size owned by a not-for-profit organization (including charities and co-operatives) that is directly involved in the production and/or selling of goods and/or services for the blended purpose of generating income and achieving value in social, cultural and/or environmental aims.

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  • findfundsblogger 9:07 am on July 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    R&D funding for Canadian researchers and commercialization projects 

    Research and commercialization funding

    Hey Funds Fans, here’s a post for the R&D super-star in your life!  The following grants cover thematic areas in the social science and humanities realm to the environment, natural resources and energy, health and life sciences as well as information and communications technologies.

    The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) provides Insight Grants to support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for long-term research initiatives. Insight Grants research initiatives may be undertaken by an individual researcher or a team of researchers working in collaboration.  The objectives of the Insight program are to: build knowledge and understanding from disciplinary, interdisciplinary and/or cross-sector perspectives through support for the best researchers; support new approaches to research on complex and important topics, including those that transcend the capacity of any one scholar, institution or discipline; provide a high-quality research training experience for students; fund research expertise that relates to societal challenges and opportunities; and mobilize research knowledge, to and from academic and non-academic audiences, with the potential to lead to intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact.  The maximum value of an Insight Grant is $500,000 over three to five years. A minimum request of $7,000 is required in at least one of the years. A maximum of $200,000 is available in a single yearDeadline: NOI due August 15th, 2013.

    The Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) encourages Canada’s global economic competitiveness by supporting new discoveries and transforming them into products, services and processes that improve the lives of Canadians.  Centres  advance research and facilitate commercialization within four priority areas:  the environment; natural resources and energy; health and life sciences; and  information and communications technologies. NCE offers a suite of programs that mobilize Canada’s best research, development and entrepreneurial expertise and focus it on specific issues and strategic areas.  One such program is the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR)Funding range $100,000+.  LOI Deadline: August 23rd, 2013.

    The CECR program will provide support for the following eligible expenditures:

    • Operating Costs: maintenance and operation of the Centre; materials and supplies; liability insurance for members of the Board of Directors and centre administrators; legal fees and other related incorporation costs;
    • Salary Costs: salaries for management, technical and professional staff employed to provide support to users or to maintain and operate the Centre;
    • Knowledge Mobilization Costs: expenses relating to communications activities, networking, promotion of the Centre, knowledge dissemination and engagement of stakeholders to put available knowledge into active service;
    • Commercialization Costs: expenses related to commercialization activities (e.g. intellectual property protection, market studies, business plan development, counselling and mentoring, technology evaluation, development, and investments).

    The CECR program requires matching contributions in the form of cash or in-kind and must come from non-federal sources. CECR grant funds used for eligible commercialization costs must be matched over the duration of the grant agreement by a ratio of 1:1. Every one CECR grant dollar spent on eligible commercialization costs must be matched by one dollar of non-federal cash or in-kind. CECR grant funds for other eligible costs must be matched over the duration of the grant agreement by a ratio of 3:1. Every three CECR grant dollars spent on other eligible costs must be matched by one dollar of non-federal cash or in-kind.

    Organizations eligible to receive funds are not-for-profit corporations created by universities, colleges, not-for-profit research organizations, firms and other interested non-government parties. As a condition of eligibility, organizations applying for CECR funds must have an established Board of Directors responsible for the approval of its annual financial reports and audits.

    There it is, folks.  Go and get it!  You can also view other funding opportunities coming up in August here.

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  • findfundsblogger 9:55 am on July 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Funding for genomics based technologies 

    Funding for genomics projects

    Hello Funds Fans!  Share this post with the genome scientist, researcher or entrepreneur in your life.  If my arthritis continues to develop, I am going to need a whole new set of joints in twenty years time and these are the folks that will make it happen.

    The Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) represents a key element in Genome Canada’s strategic plan towards funding downstream research and development (R&D) projects that are driven by challenges and opportunities facing users of genomics based technologies.  For the purpose of this program, “Users” include the various stakeholders that have an interest in “pulling” technologies and other results of genomics research from academia to market and application, including industry, government, not-for-profits, and other organizations.

    The GAPP aims to:

    • Promote the application of genomics-derived solutions to address key sector challenges or opportunities facing Users – User “pull”;
    • Promote commercialization of genomics technologies by enabling the transfer of genomics-derived solutions from Academia to Users as well as de-risking and incentivizing follow-on investment from public and private partners;
    • Increase the socio-economic impact of genomics research by accelerating its translation to application or market; and,
    • Create and foster a more productive interface between Academia and Users.

    There is a two-stage application process for this program:

    • Expression of Interest (EOI)
    • Full Proposal

    EOI submissions to the program will be accepted on or after July 29, 2013.

    The main categories of eligible costs are: i) salaries and benefits, ii) consumables, iii) equipment, iv) administrative costs and iv) services from others. Genome Canada funds may be used to cover eligible costs incurred by the Project, with the exception of costs incurred outside Canada or within organizations that are not eligible to receive Genome Canada funding, i.e., companies or federal government departments and agencies.

    Genome Canada will invest up to 1/3 of the funding required to cover eligible costs; the remaining 2/3 must be secured through co-funding with at least 1/3 provided by the User. The Genome Centres, working with the applicants, are responsible for securing co-funding.

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  • findfundsblogger 8:23 am on July 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NRCan Internship Funding still available! Apply now 

    NRCan Internship Funding still available

    Hi Funds Fans!  I hope you all have a lovely weekend planned.  Here’s a good read to go along with your morning coffee 🙂

    Natural Resources Canada has announced that funding for the 2013/14 Science and Technology Internship Program is still available! Please note that their extended deadline to submit a project proposal is July 31, 2013; however, projects will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on funding availability. Apply now!

    The Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP) provides an opportunity to recent graduates in science or engineering to gain relevant and meaningful work experiences within their field of studies.   Any non-federal government organization (private company, university or college, non-profit organization and provincial or municipal government) can become a partner of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) when it hires an eligible intern to work on research and development projects that are within the mandate of NRCan. Partners can receive a contribution payment for a portion of the intern’s salary. The intern is an employee of the partner.

    The maximum contribution per internship from the Science and Technology Internship Program fund is $13,200 over a maximum of 52 weeks.

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  • findfundsblogger 9:08 am on June 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    BIG funding for health and development challenges! 

    Grand Challenges CanadaHi Funds Fans!  Great, big funding announcements from both Canada and the US for projects and issues related to health and development challenges.  Wowsa 🙂

    Grand Challenges Canada, which is funded by the Government of Canada, has developed the Stars in Global Health program to support Bold Ideas with Big Impact from the best and brightest talent, both in low- and middle-income countries and in Canada, to use scientific/technical, social and business innovation to address some of the most pressing global health challenges.

    In this Round 6 Request for Proposals, Grand Challenges Canada is seeking to support Bold Ideas with Big Impact that improve global health. Projects may encompass the whole spectrum of global health, including drug discovery, vaccine development, diagnostics, health and medical education, maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases (including cancer and mental health), health-related water and sanitation, and health-related agriculture and nutrition.  Applicants MUST apply online through an application website.  Grants range: $50,000 +.  Deadline: Tuesday, July 30th, 2013.

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is accepting proposals under Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) for projects which offer innovative solutions to problems related to development.  USAID/DIV welcomes applications from many types of organizations for activities that take place in countries in which USAID operates. As this opportunity seeks to address different kinds of development challenges, you can submit proposals for any sector, whether it is livelihood development, agriculture, climate change, environment, democracy, human rights, peace and conflict etc.

    USAID/DIV provides funding of up to $100,000 for new project ideas and again $1 million to $15 million for scaling up of innovative ideas for several years. Interestingly, USAID has opened this opportunity to NGOs from all countries around the world. Even if you are a small NGO based in a developing country or a huge organization leading several projects across different parts of the world, you are eligible to apply and win grants under DIV.

    This is a unique grant opportunity because NGOs from all across the world are invited to apply for it. Secondly, you can submit your project ideas in any sector or area of interest. Thirdly, DIV funds new ideas or start-ups (not many donors would do this). Fourthly, there is scope for receiving additional funding from USAID; if your innovative project receives initial success, then you have better chances of getting more funds to replicate the same project in other areas. Lastly, and more importantly, USAID believes that in the coming future, funding for NGOs would be limited and thereby, it is necessary to innovate and implement cost-effective solutions to address development challenges.

    There are three stages of funding:

    STAGE ONE is for projects in the proof of concept phase: DIV will grant these projects up to $100,000 dollars over one year so that grantees can refine prototypes and gather the evidence they need to pull in more investment and grow.

    STAGE TWO is for larger projects, typically to expand across a country. DIV will grant Stage Two projects up to $1 million.  In exchange, Stage Two projects will build in rigorous testing to prove if the project is viable at its larger size.

    STAGE THREE is for much larger projects.  For grants of up to $15 million over several years, solutions that have already proven to work at a large scale will be expanded much further, and often into multiple countries

    The USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) has two stages of its application process. All applicants wishing to apply for funding from DIV have to initially submit a Letter of Interest (LOI). The LOI has to be submitted in the prescribed format only.  In the LOI, you need to submit information related to “the purpose of the project, summarize the project’s goals, and include financial information for the project among other criteria in the LOI.”  The submitted LOI will undergo review and approval process. If your LOI is selected, then your organization will be invited to submit a full application.  The next deadline to submit the LOI is August 15th, 2013.

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