Exciting Changes Coming to the Gazette – NOW
I’m making a couple of exciting changes to the Alberta Grant Gazette.
First, it’s now called Governmentese. The dictionary defines “governmentese” as “jargon held to be characteristic of government officials.” Grants are government money. You need speak and write that language to win that money. I teach you about “governmentese” in my newsletters.
Second, I’m expanding the content across Canada. Many of you do business in other provinces, so I can show you grants that can be won there. For example, I just won an employee grant for an Alberta company that is incorporated in Nova Scotia as well. How cool is that? Plus, I want you to have a national audience to connect with. If you’re applying for a big grant, you may want to partner with a university in a different province. You’re now one step closer to finding and building that relationship.
Third, I’m moving all my content in the paid newsletter to the SubStack platform. It’s specifically designed for paid newsletters. It’s way easier for you to mange your subscription, see past articles, and – for the fist time – comment on each issue! Because only paid subscribers can comment, I’m hoping to form a serious grant community. Wouldn’t it be great if you were applying to a certain fund and could easily connect to someone who already has a relationship with that grant agency?
I win businesses government grants – just this morning I had a client win an IRAP grant for 100% of a person’s wage. The client didn’t even know the grant existed until I showed them. The new employee was on our call this morning. Pretty cool.
If you want to win grants, you can sign up here. I’ll teach you all I know – all the time!
David Kincade, MA
p.s. Below is a complementary first issue of Governmentese. I want you to see what’s inside. Enjoy!
The Surplus Food Rescue Program is part of the government of Canada’s emergency response to the current COVID-19 crisis. Applicants under this program may be eligible to receive a maximum of $20 million. Deadline: July 31, 2020. https://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/surplus-food-rescue-program/?id=1591298974329
Government of Canada launches second call for proposals under the Local Food Infrastructure Fund valued at $43.4 million. Projects valued at up to $250,000 will be accepted. Applications are now open. https://www.canada.ca/en/agriculture-agri-food/news/2020/06/government-of-canada-launches-second-call-for-proposals-under-the-local-food-infrastructure-fund.html
A call for proposals process will be undertaken for projects under the AgriCompetitiveness Program from July 1, 2020 until September 15, 2020. https://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/agricompetitiveness-program/?id=1517335776475
Emissions Reduction Alberta’s (ERA) new $40 million budget for Food, Farming, and Forestry Challenge will fund up to $5 million per project and up to 50 per cent of total project costs. Deadline: August 27, 2020. https://www.eralberta.ca/food-farming-and-forestry-challenge/
Creating a $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund to help food producers access more personal protective equipment (PPE), adapt to health protocols, automate or modernize their facilities, processes, and operations, and respond to emerging pressures from COVID-19. All eligible activities must be completed by September 30, 2020. https://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/emergency-processing-fund/?id=1591291974693
Launching national AgriRecovery initiatives of up to $125 million in funding to help producers faced with additional costs incurred by COVID-19. This includes set-asides for cattle and hog management programs to manage livestock backed-up on farms, due to the temporary closure of food processing plants. https://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/agrirecovery/?id=1387480598562
Agriculture and Forestry is introducing a new Canadian Agricultural Partnership program that will include up to $1 million to help beekeepers. Stay tune for details. https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=725383B2FE69C-A7F7-BC15-2FB919E8C0A4911E
The program is intended to offset costs for COVID-19 safety and training, including the costs for personal protective equipment and to remove any barriers to get Albertans safely working. https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=71300983A43C2-052C-9669-7A9B903D1A9CFD39
2. Arts and Culture
Calgary Arts Development through Project Grant Program – Individuals and Collectives aims to provide one-time project funding to individual artists and artistic collectives in Calgary working in any artistic discipline who pursue a professional practice. Deadline: July 27, 2020. https://calgaryartsdevelopment.com/programs/project-grant-program-individuals-collectives/
The Digital Literacy and Intelligence component supports the Canadian artists, groups and arts organizations in building digital knowledge, skills and capacity. Applicants can until July 31, 2020 for requests up to $50,000 for single-phase initiatives. https://canadacouncil.ca/funding/strategic-funds/digital-strategy-fund/digital-literacy-and-intelligence
Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals component provides funding, up to 100 percent of eligible expenses to a maximum of $200,000, to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans or heritage performers. Deadline: September 30 – for festivals starting between July 1 and August 31. https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/building-communities/festivals.html
Government will support online and small venue events held Sept. 1-30 in commemoration of Alberta Culture Days celebrations. https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=726166CF5C93A-B570-BBB5-D34BCD3518D9D033
3. Employment | Varies
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will provide eligible Canadian businesses affected by COVID-19 up to 75% of employee wages for up to 24 weeks. Deadline: August 29, 2020. https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy.html
Under the Overnight Camps (for Children and Youth) Facility Overhead Funding Program, non-profit organizations that own or operate overnight camps will be able to apply for a one-time grant to help with ongoing facility costs so they can open next year. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 31. https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=72638D98E4F3A-A9A2-C773-25A1C748DEB278EC
The Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP) provides a wage subsidy to employers who hire youth for agricultural jobs. The program offers support for 50% of wages to a maximum of $14,000. Application is ongoing. https://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/youth-employment-and-skills-program/?id=1557778999519
The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program provides up to a maximum of $15,000 in wage subsidies to help recent graduates eligible to work in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields. Application is now open. https://www.biotalent.ca/programs/science-horizons-youth-internship-program/
OGCI Climate Investments is committed to driving significant reductions in methane emissions across the oil and gas value chain. Deadline September 14, 2020: https://oilandgasclimateinitiative.com/investment-call/
Through the Agricultural Clean Technology (ACT) Program, applicants may apply for funding for up to 50% of total eligible projects costs, to a maximum of $5 million per project. Applications must be received and deemed complete before September 30, 2020.https://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/agricultural-clean-technology-program/?id=1521202868490
The SDTC Seed Fund accepts nominations four times per year from partner accelerators. The Seed Fund provides up to $100,000 in funding to early-stage cleantech entrepreneurs. https://sdtc.ca/apply/
The province has committed $9.4 million in additional funding for flood mitigation in Bragg Creek as part of the province’s pledge to provide adequate flood protection for communities upstream of the Springbank Reservoir. https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=72515D4772503-FAA9-492C-D62F91C9E6634CDA
CanExport will provide up to $50 million over five years in direct financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada seeking to develop new export opportunities, particularly in high-growth priority markets and sectors. Application is ongoing. https://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/tcs-sdc/funding-financement/canexport/sme-pme/applicant-guide-requerant.aspx?lang=eng
Creative Export Canada offers funding for projects that generate export revenues and help Canadian creative industries reach more people around the world. New applications will be accepted in the Fall/Winter of 2020-2021 for projects starting in 2021-2022. https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/creative-export-canada/application-guidelines.html#a2
The Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program – Events Component provides funding to community-based events that promote intercultural or interfaith understanding, civic memory and pride or respect for a healthy democracy, celebrations of a community’s history and culture. Application is ongoing.
Up to a maximum of $10 million combined financing, Green Municipal Fund’s (GMF) Sustainable Affordable Housing supports municipal, non-profit and cooperative housing providers in improving the energy efficiency and affordability of existing and new affordable housing units. Applications is now ongoing. https://fcm.ca/en/funding/gmf/capital-project-new-construction-sustainable-affordable-housing
FortisAlberta launched its Save Energy Grant program to support municipalities, including schools and businesses within its service territory. The company will disburse grants to assist with a variety of energy efficiency initiatives range in the amount of $1,000 to $5,000. Application is year-round. https://www.fortisalberta.com/about-us/in-your-community/grants
Neighbour Grants helps people implement their own small acts of community right in the neighbourhoods and communities they live by offering up to $7,500 for project expenses. https://calgaryfoundation.org/grantsawards-loans/types-of-grants/grassroots-grants/neighbour-grants-2/
Stepping Stones encourages active citizenship by helping grassroots community groups undertake small creative projects to build a sense of belongingness in local communities. This program funds for up to $1,000 for project expenses. Application is ongoing. https://calgaryfoundation.org/grantsawards-loans/types-of-grants/grassroots-grants/stepping-stones-2/
9. Post Secondary | Varies
Venture for Canada’s Fellowship Program offers post-secondary grads the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial leadership skills through full-time employment and training. Applications reopen in the Fall for 2021. https://www.ventureforcanada.ca/programs/fellowship
Alberta Innovates funds scholarships for graduate students conducting full-time research in key emerging technology area of information and communications technology (ICT), nanotechnology, and omics (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, regulomics, and glycomics).
10. Technology | Varies
The Government of Canada, through the Innovative Solution Canada, is looking for innovators to solve challenges to support the growth of Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs. Current Challenge: Detection of food borne pathogenic bacteria using field deployable instruments. Deadline: July 28, 2020. https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/101.nsf/eng/00001.html
Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) through the Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program supports high-growth businesses that are scaling up and producing innovative goods, services or technologies. Next intake period: September 15 to October 14, 2020. https://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/19762.asp
Alberta-Europe Technology Collaboration Fund help participants become more globally competitive by developing innovative technologies and research-based alliances with the potential to foster economic growth. Application is ongoing. http://www.gccir.ca/alberta-europe-collaboration-fund/
An additional $4 million over four years will help expand access to the Virtual Opioid Dependency Program (VODP). The Alberta Health Services program uses telehealth technology to allow Albertans to access treatment for opioid use disorder. https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=72662A4722BAD-9C6F-CA57-255516F2619B7C34
11. Grant Events
Maximizing Funding Potential – from Emission Reductions Alberta. If you want to know more about the organizations funding innovation and clean technology, please join here.
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is organizing an education webinar on Tuesday, July 7 from 1:00PM till 2:00PM, to provide Alberta craft beer companies an overview of opportunities in the Netherlands, often referred to as a gateway into Europe.
Sustainable Finance in a Post-Pandemic World webinar series. Date: July 7, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Discovery Grant – Submission of a Notification of Intent to apply Live Q&A. Date: July 9, 2020 from 1 to 2 P.M. (ET).
Alternative Protein Virtual Pitch Event (Online). Date: July 16, 2020.
Oil Sands Conference & Trade Show with event’s them “Technology Changes Everything”. Date: September 16 – 17, 2020 at Suncor Community Leisure Centre Fort McMurray, Alberta. https://oilsandstradeshow.com/
12. Business Award Deadlines
The Stevie Awards for Great Employers recognize the world’s best companies to work for, and the HR teams, professionals, achievements, new products, and suppliers that help to create and drive great places to work. Submission of nomination is until July 22, 2020. https://stevies-sage.secure-platform.com/a
Minister’s Seniors Service Awards: Recognize Albertans and organizations that make a difference in the lives of seniors and their communities. Nominations for the 2020 awards are being accepted until Aug. 11, 2020. https://www.alberta.ca/ministers-seniors-service-awards.aspx
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 ASTech Awards are cancelled. https://www.astech.ca/submit-a-nomination
13. Government Update
Look at this post from Premier Kenney’s FaceBook page. You know what that means: $$$ for businesses.
New relaunch program for up to $5,000 will be provided for support and commercial tenancy measures to help Alberta’s small- and medium-sized businesses during economic relaunch. https://www.alberta.ca/sme-relaunch-grant.aspx
The Alberta Labour and Immigration’s Newcomer Integration unit announced their 2020-2021 grant funding for settlement and integration services and initiatives to newcomers in Alberta. Deadline: Section 1:July 10, 2020; Section 2: October 1, 2020. https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/lbr-asip-cfp-application-guidelines.pdf
Government is providing funding to the Heroes in Mind, Advocacy and Research Consortium (HiMARC) to support mental health for military and first responders. https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=726903F5DF8A9-F434-46C2-F3AAF9E13633AFB4
The government has approved a disaster recovery program (DRP) for the cities of Calgary and Airdrie, and Rocky View County following a severe storm in early June. https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=7269140897D2F-F2D5-2C7B-B63FAB06F09D3C90
The Government of Alberta announced the dissolution of Energy Efficiency Alberta, effective September 30, 2020. https://efficiencyalberta.ca/about/blog/transition-of-energy-efficiency-alberta
14. Urgent Grant Deadlines
- Building people as part of the community: Neighbour Grants. Deadline: Mid summer cycle: July 2; Late summer cycle: August 6. https://calgaryfoundation.org/grantsawards-loans/types-of-grants/grassroots-grants/neighbour-grants-2/
- Fund for arts organizations in Calgary: Operating Grant Program. Deadline: July 6, 2020. https://calgaryartsdevelopment.com/programs/operating-grant-program/
- Educational webinar for Alberta craft beer companies looking for opportunities in Netherlands. Organized by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Date: July 7, 2020. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/dwccbeer
- Sustainable Finance in a Post-Pandemic World: Centre for Corporate Sustainability webinar series. Date: July 7, 2020. https://haskayne.ucalgary.ca/sustainable-finance-in-a-post-pandemic-world
- Live Q&A to learn more on how to apply for a research with long-term goals under Discovery Grant program. Date: July 9, 2020. https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/ResearchPortal-PortailDeRecherche/RP-CCV-Webinar_eng.asp
- Are you a newcomer in Alberta and needed funding for settlement? Apply for Alberta Labour and Immigration’s Newcomer Integration unit Grant funding. Deadline: Section 1: July 10, 2020; Section 2: October 1, 2020. https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/lbr-asip-cfp-application-guidelines.pdf
- Grant event: Alternative Protein Virtual Pitch Event (Online). Date: July 16, 2020. https://investalberta.ca/event-items/approved-events/2020/alternative-protein-virtual-pitch-event/
- Funding individual artists and artistic collectives in Calgary: Calgary Arts Development: Project Grant Program – Individuals and Collectives. Deadline: July 27, 2020. https://calgaryartsdevelopment.com/programs/project-grant-program-individuals-collectives/
- Innovative Solution Canada current Challenge: Detection of food borne pathogenic bacteria using field deployable instruments. Deadline: July 28, 2020. https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/101.nsf/eng/00001.html
- Having significant volumes of food surplus products due to current COVID-19 crisis? Apply for Surplus Food Rescue Program. Deadline: July 31, 2020. https://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/surplus-food-rescue-program/?id=1591298974329
- Funding to create or disseminate art on a digital platform: Digital Strategy Fund. Deadline: until July 31, 2020. https://canadacouncil.ca/funding/strategic-funds/digital-strategy-fund
Support for the arts sector in building digital knowledge, skills and capacity: The Digital Literacy and Intelligence component. Deadline: July 31, 2020. https://canadacouncil.ca/funding/strategic-funds/digital-strategy-fund/digital-literacy-and-intelligence
- Government of Alberta’s financial assistance to recover from flooding in 2020. Deadlines: August 5, 2020 (Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Mackenzie County) https://www.alberta.ca/disaster-recovery-programs.aspx
- Emissions Reduction Alberta’s (ERA) new $40 million budget for Food, Farming, and Forestry Challenge Deadline: August 27, 2020. https://www.eralberta.ca/food-farming-and-forestry-challenge/
- A special off-cycle ongoing call for the Accessible Digital Books Initiative — Support for Organizations under Canada Book Fund. Deadline: August 28, 2020. https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/book-fund/accessible-books-organizations.html
- Wage subsidy for Canadian Employer’s affected by COVID-19: The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). Deadline: August 29, 2020. https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy.html
- Financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations: Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant. Deadline: August 31. https://open.alberta.ca/publications/sme-relaunch-grant-guidelines
Overnight camps wanting to get ready to open in 2021: Overnight Camps (for Children and Youth) Facility Overhead Funding Program. Deadline: Aug. 31. https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=72638D98E4F3A-A9A2-C773-25A1C748DEB278EC
Support for production of books/materials to preserve Alberta’s heritage: Heritage Preservation Partnership Program (HPPP). Deadline: First working day of September 2020: https://www.alberta.ca/publication-grants.aspx#toc-3
Provide matching grants for initiatives that interpret or promote awareness of Alberta’s heritage: Heritage Awareness Grants. Deadline: first working day of September. https://www.alberta.ca/heritage-awareness-grants.aspx
Any innovative ideas for reductions in methane emissions? Apply for OGCI Climate Investments. Deadline September 14, 2020. https://oilandgasclimateinitiative.com/investment-call/
A call for proposals process under AgriCompetitiveness Program. Deadline: September 15, 2020. https://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/agricompetitiveness-program/?id=1517335776475
Grant event: Oil Sands Conference & Trade Show with event’s them “Technology Changes Everything” Date: September 16 – 17, 2020. https://oilsandstradeshow.com/
A $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund to help food producers amidst COVID-19 pressures. Deadline: must be completed by September 30, 2020. https://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/emergency-processing-fund/?id=1591291974693
Assistance for Tourism Operators: The Cooperative Investment Program. Deadline: September 30, 2020. https://industry.travelalberta.com/programs-tools/coop-investment
Need funding for recurring festivals? Apply for Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals component. Deadline: September 30 (for festivals starting between July 1 and August 31). https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/building-communities/festivals.html
Agricultural Clean Technology (ACT) Program. Deadline: Before September 30, 2020. https://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/agricultural-clean-technology-program/?id=1521202868490
Government’s support to online and small venue events held from Sept. 1 to 30 in commemoration of Alberta Culture Days celebrations. https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=726166CF5C93A-B570-BBB5-D34BCD3518D9D033
Increase export profitability for Canada’s creative industries: Creative Export Canada. New applications will be accepted in the Fall/Winter of 2020-2021. https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/creative-export-canada/application-guidelines.html#a2
For recent graduates who want to be entrepreneur: Venture for Canada’s Fellowship Program. Deadline: Applications reopen in the Fall for 2021. https://www.ventureforcanada.ca/programs/fellowship
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