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Grants to Quebec Public and Private Schools for Professional Development Activities

Professional Development and Innovation Grants (PDIG)


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Leadership Committee for English Education in Quebec (LCEEQ)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 04/25/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Quebec public and private schools and centers to improve the quality of education in a wide range of sectors. Funding is intended for professional development for individual educators and for team pilot projects to promote student learning and success through changes within the organization of the school, or for a particular group of students in public and private schools in the youth, adult, and vocational training sectors.


Both categories of grants strive to improve student achievement in the English Educational Community. Although there is a distinction in the purpose of the funds, the application process is common to both.

  1. Professional Development Grants focus on improving pedagogical practice. The project should focus on the development of the teachers’ expertise resulting in improved pedagogical practices or improved curriculum tools. Projects may be initiated by teachers, library personnel, school/center administrators and/or Consultants. This category is intended to provide release time necessary for a minimum of 2 teachers to collaborate on and participate in professional development activities relating to the Québec Education Program (QEP).
  2. Innovation Grants focus on collaborative team efforts to create systemic change within the school/center. This category is intended to provide release time necessary to pilot an innovative project designed to bring changes to the organization of the school, or to the learning environment. Examples of this type of project could include changes to the school timetable that would free up time for teacher PD, or the creation of new learning spaces for students with special needs, or parent outreach programs. The results should be sustainable after the initial year. This category is intended to provide release time necessary for a minimum of 2 school team members, including at least 1 teacher to pilot an innovative project relating to school/center success. Other team members may include school administrators and other non-teaching personnel. 

Eligible PDIG Expenses:

  • Teacher substitution costs equal to time spent in meeting the requirements of the project.
  • Transportation, lodging or meal expenses for team members who are working on a collaborative project and whose home school/center is more than 50 km apart.
  • Honoraria, transportation, lodging, and meal expenses for a consultant from outside the School Board/Institution. Only consultants who are NOT in the employ of public or non-profit private education will be permitted to claim a fee.

Project eligibility criteria can be found at


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Professional Development and Innovation Grants (PDIG) are available to public and private schools and centres in the youth, adult and vocational training sectors.

Ineligible PDIG Expenses:
Computer hardware and/or software, software licensing fees, Internet access fees, printing and/or photocopying, rental and/or purchase of equipment (including instruments), resource materials, art materials, registration fees for conferences and/or on-line courses, salary for additional personnel, travel expenses outside of Québec, and any other unlisted eligible expenses.

PDIG funds are not available for the production of assessment instruments (e.g. formative or summative examinations, Evaluation Situations, etc.).

Pre-Application Information
PDIG 2023-2024 Application: Now Open (deadline April 25, 2023)

Awarding of Funds:
The awarding of funds for expenses to the School Board/Private Institution is done in two installments:
1. The first installment (50%) is payable upon project acceptance. The process to make the claim will be included in the letter of acceptance.
2. The second installment is payable upon the approval of the project report, by both the school administrator(s) involved and the LCEEQ. Payment will be based on actual costs, not the total originally approved. The process to make the final claim will be provided once the final report is approved.

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Estimated Size of Grant
Reimbursement Rates:
Substitution subsidy: $ 262.00/day; $131.00/half day
Maximum per diem (12-18 hours with overnight): $157.00 (hotel, meals, taxes)
Maximum (no overnight):
Breakfast $10.40
Lunch $14.30
Dinner $21.55
Travel: $0.55 / km
Consultant honoraria (not employed in the public or private education sector): $325 / day

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