Sample GrantStation Canadian Insider – May 2012

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National Funding Opportunities

Pet Spay/Neuter Programs Funded
Pet Smart Charities of Canada Grants
PetSmart Charities of Canada creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raises awareness of companion animal welfare issues, and promotes healthy relationships between people and pets. Grants are made for spay/neuter programs throughout Canada in the following categories: targeted spay/neuter programs for the public, targeted spay/neuter for free-roaming cats, and equipment grants for spay/neuter clinics or in-shelter surgery suites. Registered charities, city or county animal control agencies, and tribal authorities are eligible to apply. Applications for targeted spay/neuter programs for the public and targeted spay/neuter programs for free-roaming cats will be accepted from March 15 to April 15, 2012 via the PetSmart Charities online application system. Clinic equipment grant applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Pet Smart Charities of Canada website for more information on the different types of grants and to access the online application system.

Grants Enhance Campus and Community Radio Programming
Community Radio Fund of Canada
The mandate of the Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) is to provide support to campus and community radio stations in Canada and foster a well-resourced, dynamic, and accessible sector that delivers strong local community radio broadcasting. CRFC is currently offering grants through two programs to develop innovative local interest programming while providing mentorship, education, and training for broadcasters. The Radio Talent Development Program provides support for the production of local interest content in the area of spoken word, and for the provision of training, mentoring, or education to those producing the content. The Youth Internship Program supports the mentorship, education, or training of youth interns, and the music or spoken word programming produced by the interns. Nonprofit campus and community-based licensed broadcasters in Canada are eligible to apply. The application deadline for both programs is April 11, 2012. Visit the CRFC website for application guidelines and forms.

Funds Target Health and Welfare of Children and Youth
Mackenzie Financial Charitable Foundation
The Mackenzie Financial Charitable Foundation invests in organizations and programs aimed at helping communities across Canada. The Foundation supports charities with a focus on social well-being and welfare in Canada, particularly for the benefit of underprivileged, challenged, and sick children, youth, and young adults, with a special focus on children and youth at high risk. The Foundation primarily supports small-to-medium sized charities that receive the majority of their funding from private sources. Registered Canadian charities are eligible to apply. The application deadline is June 30, 2012. Visit the Mackenzie Financial website to download the Charitable Donations Request Form.

Support for Mental Health Services
Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health
The Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health provides grants of up to $65,000 for projects throughout Canada that provide direct support to those affected by mental illness, including addiction. Examples of supported services and activities include support groups, home visits, help bureaus and phone lines, or financial assistance for such things as the cost of meals or transportation of those affected by mental illness. Supported projects must involve capacity building (i.e. the creation or expansion of services) and must be community-based or rely on community resources. Registered Canadian charities are eligible to apply. The application deadline is April 2, 2012. Visit the Foundation’s website to access the eligibility questionnaire and download the application form.

Regional and Provincial Funding Opportunities

Funding for Community Organizations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northwestern Ontario
Paterson Foundation
The Paterson Foundation supports community organizations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northwestern Ontario. Major emphasis is given to projects and programs in the areas of education, health care, religion, social welfare, and the arts. Registered Canadian charities are eligible to apply. There are no deadlines for applications; however, the Foundation meets twice a year, typically in June and December, to review applications. Visit the Foundation’s website for guidelines on submitting a letter of inquiry.

Nova Scotia Environmental Initiatives Funded
Sage Environmental Program
The mission of the Sage Environmental Program is to protect, preserve, and improve the ecological integrity of Nova Scotia's natural systems. The goals of the granting program are the conservation of biodiversity through preserving habitat in Nova Scotia, maintaining healthy ecosystems, and strengthening the capacity and effectiveness of environmental groups. The program primarily focuses on the following areas of interest: efforts to protect, preserve, and sustain ecosystems in areas with significant opportunities for conservation, with an emphasis on relatively intact forests, wetlands, waterways, coastal, and marine areas; activities to maintain biodiversity in areas of Nova Scotia that are already developed to varying degrees by industrial or residential interests; and initiatives that respond to emerging issues which represent unique opportunities to protect and enhance the environment. The next submission deadline for project summaries is May 1, 2012. Visit the program’s website to access instructions for submitting project summaries.

Support for Company Communities throughout Canada
Stantec Community Investment Program
The Stantec Community Investment Program provides support to charitable and nonprofit organizations primarily in communities where the company has a significant employee presence. Priority is given to programs in the following areas: arts, including visual and performing arts organizations, museums, art education programs, symphonies, community art festivals, arts funds/councils, and public television/radio; education, including school/business partnerships and programs that help encourage students to pursue higher education or training with an emphasis on design disciplines; environment, including sustainable development, environmental responsibility, energy efficiency, air quality, and climate change; and health and wellness, including national, provincial, or state charitable health organizations, and regional hospitals and health centers. Company communities include locations in most Canadian provinces, as well as locations in the U.S. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit the company’s website to access the online application process.

Grants Support Legal Efforts to Protect the Environment in British Columbia
West Coast Environmental Law: Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund
West Coast Environmental Law’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF) makes grants to community groups and individuals in British Columbia to hire lawyers to explore legal solutions to protect the environment, represent environmental interests in the courts or before government tribunals, and engage in mediation or negotiation with other stakeholders to develop win-win solutions that protect the environment. Support is also provided for scientific experts assisting lawyers. The grants, which average $5,000, provide support for legal work and associated costs only. Individuals, community groups, and nonprofit organizations throughout British Columbia that have an environmental dispute and financial need are eligible to apply. Interested applicants should contact the EDRF staff before applying. Applications are reviewed twelve times per year; the next deadline is April 16, 2012. Visit the West Coast Environmental Law website to read more about the program and the application guidelines.

Canadian Government Funding Opportunities

Initiatives Addressing Youth Violence Funded
Public Safety Canada
The Youth Gang Prevention Fund supports targeted initiatives to address youth violence and involvement in youth gangs in Canadian communities where these issues currently exist or are emerging threats. In addition, the Fund’s objectives include promoting the implementation of evidence-based interventions to provide young people with alternatives to joining gangs and developing and disseminating knowledge in order to encourage other communities to adopt effective methods to prevent youth violence and youth gang activity in Canada. The application deadline is April 9, 2012.

Support for Canadian Organizations Implementing Climate Change Programs in Africa
Canadian International Development Agency
The Canada Fund for African Climate Resilience supports projects to improve and increase food security or economic growth within an African country by reducing the impacts of climate change through protection of investments or adaptation measures. Each proposal should be for a project implemented in only one country among the following eligible countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Zambia. Canadian organizations or coalitions are eligible to apply. The deadline for submission is April 19, 2012.

Travel Grants for Aboriginal Artist Exchanges
Canada Council for the Arts
The Aboriginal Peoples Collaborative Exchange program provides support for Aboriginal artists to travel to other Aboriginal communities to collaborate in a traditional or contemporary artistic practice. The program aims to foster unique artistic relationships and networks through inter-nation collaborative exchanges among Aboriginal artists, across all disciplines. Canadian Aboriginal individual artists, arts groups, artists’ collectives, and arts organizations are eligible to apply. The next application deadline is May 15, 2012.

Pilot Projects to Improve Response to Family Violence Supported
Department of Justice
The Family Violence Initiative’s funding for pilot projects supports the development, implementation, testing, and assessment of models, strategies, and tools to improve the justice system's response to family violence. Support is also provided for projects that raise public awareness of the issue and encourage public involvement in responding to family violence. Projects may be submitted at any time during the year.


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Editor: Ashlyn Simmons
Contributing Writer: Joel Terwilliger

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