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Opportunity watch: Economic Development funding

Welcome to another edition of Ajah’s opportunity watch. This week we are looking at a few funders who promote economic development – specifically two government programs and a credit union to see how they can encourage economic opportunities in the communities they serve.

In Quebec the government put in place the ClimatSol program. Projects admissible for this program are meant to not only stimulate the economy but also to ameliorate the environment and reduce carbon gas emissions. Both organizations and individuals can apply for funding to the provincial government who has set 60 million dollars aside until March 2015. This program not only seeks to create jobs but the jobs created will help foster sustainable practices.

In Newfoundland and Labrador you can find the Cultural Economic Development Program which helps professional arts organizations stimulate sustainable economic development of the Province’s cultural resources. The program helps promote self-sustaining art activities, mainly in the cultural tourism industry and by doing so provides financial assistance to individual artists. The deadline for sector-based organizations is coming up on April 18, although small performance series can apply year round.

Finally, Affinity Credit Union, which has has over 40 branches in Saskatchewab, sponsors community groups, charities and organizations that require funding for various events, projects, and programs. Their aim is to contribute to community sustainability and stronger local economies by supporting initiatives that promote self-reliant approaches to community economic development. They fund a variety of projects including those related to health, social services, education, the arts and the environment.  The deadline for Community Development Funding is September 30, while sponsorships are available year round.

That is it for this week. We can help you find many more funders in your region with Fundtracker Pro if you need funding for economic development projects. To find out more you can contact us for a demo.

Opportunity Watch: Aboriginal and Metis funding

Ajah’s opportunity watch is taking a quick look at funders that support Aboriginal and Metis peoples around the country this week. All of these founders emphasise the importance of preserving and transmitting the culture and knowledge of native peoples.

In the east we have the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Program supported by the government of Newfoundland and Labrador.  This government program invites both cultural organizations and professionals to apply for funding and the deadline is approaching fast, on April 15. The advisory committee is made up of various native community representatives including Innu, Inuit, Mi’kmaq and Metis.

In Saskatchewan we found two programs offered by the SaskCulture, a non-profit, community based organization. The first is The Aboriginal Arts & Culture Leadership Grant  and it supports arts and cultural leaders within the Aboriginal communities.  The grant is available for First Nations bands or for schools that have a cultural mandate. The deadline to apply is April 15 as well.

As for the Metis communities in Saskatchewan, we found the Métis Cultural DevelopmentFund another program of SaskCulture. This fund encourages sharing, learning and celebrating the Metis culture of community groups in the province. It provides support to cultural organizations in areas not typically funded by conventional systems mainly looking to benefit children through skill development and mentorship. The next semi-annual deadline to apply is April 30!

That’s it for this week folks! There are many more governmental programs and organizations to be found on Fundtracker.  Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Opportunity Watch: Funding Local Communities

Ajah’s opportunity watch is back.  This week we are looking at community foundations.We have narrowed down a few foundations across Canada that empower charities and organizations located in their areas and improve the quality of life of their citizens.

We begin with the Kenora & Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation which has donated over 150 000$ in 2012 to various community centers and organizations that support health, environment and the arts among other services in that region. This foundation enables efficient use of community resources and addresses root causes of issues in order to maximise the social benefits of its grants. The first semi-annual deadline is February 28.

If you are living in the North Caribou region in British Colombia, the Quesnel Community Foundation should be of interest to you. It began its operations in 2001 and it has provided funding for a wide range of community needs, such as education, the arts and social programs. There is an application deadline coming up on  February 19. Visit their website  for more information.

The Interlake Community Foundation in Manitoba also provides funding for a wide range of community needs in its region. This foundation, like the others above, is helping improve and strengthen the community in question as a whole, instead of focusing on a specific sector. Their annual application deadline is approaching on February 28.

If you call Calgary your home, take a look at the mighty Calgary Foundation. It supports a wide range of organizations from those that are well-established to grassroots resident led-projects in all parts of the charitable sector.  Since the devastating Southern Alberta Floods of June 2013, The Calgary Foundation created the Flood Rebuilding Fund, which supports qualified organizations in long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts. For more details and for a list of project grants, visit them online . The deadline for community grants is February 15.

The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation covers three hundred communities and seven cities. Three different grant streams from the foundation focus on different social needs like education and social services. Over the years the foundation has awarded grants equally among the organizations and charities that focus in different sectors. The deadline for the Moffat Family Fund  is February 28.

Community foundations work as catalysts of positive changes in a community. We hope you liked this brief glimpse into some amazing opportunities offered by them.  No matter where your charity is based, you can contact us at info@ajah.ca  or at 1. 888.406.2524 and we will provide you with a free demo of Fundtracker Pro to help your charity to find  the best funding opportunities.