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Cooperation with the Non-Governmental Sector – Second Language Learning

Grants to Canada Nonprofits to Promote the Teaching
of English and French as Second Languages

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Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage

Deadline Date:

01/14/19 11:59 PM Local Time


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Grants to Canada nonprofits to support the teaching of English and French as second languages. Funding is intended to improve language skills and dissemination of knowledge. Eligible projects will serve more than one province or territory and have an impact on all or a significant portion of the community being served.

To be eligible for funding under the Cooperation with the Non-Governmental Sector sub-component, your programming must include regular and ongoing activities that address issues in the area being supported. The priority will be given to activities that have a lasting effect, and help strengthening relations between stakeholders. The funds support the ongoing commitment and actions of organizations. They cover expenditures related to the activities and organizations’ operating costs.

Eligible expenditures include:

- Costs related to research and the dissemination of knowledge, methods, and tools to support minority-language education that are likely to facilitate learning
- Administrative overhead related to the funded activities

The Second-Language Learning component aims to supports the supply of programs and activities for the instruction of English and French as second official languages at all levels of learning. The purpose for this component is also to increase the production and dissemination of knowledge, innovative methods and tools to support second-language instruction.

The objectives of the Second-Language Learning component are:

- To assist provincial and territorial governments, directly or through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), in providing instruction in English and French as second official languages;
- To help increase the number of teachers of English and French as second official languages and to contribute to their professional development;
- To allow a greater number of Canadians at the post-secondary level to become full-time or part-time monitors of English or French as second official languages in the school system or at post-secondary institutions;
- To provide Canadians with the opportunity to use their knowledge of Canada’s two official languages while working as much as possible in their field of study;
- To allow a greater number of Canadians to learn English or French as a second official language and to improve their language skills;
- To make learning English and French as second official languages a culturally and socially rewarding experience;
- To contribute to the research and dissemination of the knowledge, methods and tools pertaining to the teaching of English and French as second official languages.

The expected results of the Second-Language Learning component include the following:

- Offer of provincial and territorial programs and activities related to learning English and French as a second official languages.
- Offer of innovative methods and tool for the teaching of English and French, as a second official languages, and knowledge dissemination.
- Offer of official-language assistant positions and of summer language bursaries.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160837

Estimated Size of Grant:

The program will fund up to 100% of eligible expenses or $300,000 per fiscal year.

Term of Contract:

You may request funding for a projects spanning more than 12 months. You must show that there is a need for a multi-year commitment and that you have the capacity to complete the project. This is demonstrated with a realistic project timeline and budget projections as well as sound governance and continued financial viability.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for programing or project funding, your organization must be:

- A Canadian non-profit organization, duly registered;
- A Canadian non-profit professional association.

Individuals and government bodies, schools, school boards and foreign organizations are not eligible.

The following expenditures are not eligible:

- Capital expenditures;
- Course development; and
- Activities with an international dimension.

Pre-Application Information:

There is no established deadline date to submit a funding application under the Cooperation with the Non-Governmental Sector sub-component, as applications are accepted on a continuous basis. However, you should submit your application at least 20 weeks prior to the proposed start date. Please take this into account when planning your activities.

Letters of intent are due January 14, 2019. When an application deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or statutory holiday, it is extended to the following working day.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please submit your application package electronically by email to the following address:

Department of Canadian Heritage
Official Languages Branch
Cooperation with the Non-Governmental Sector sub-component
15 Eddy Street, 7th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0M5

1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)

TTY: 1-888-997-3123 (for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired)

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Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon