Who can apply – Enhancing Access to Professional Sign Language Interpretation
Who can apply
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All applicants must be located and work in Canada to be eligible.
Eligible applicants must be:
Not-for-profit organizations, for example: Option 1
- educational institutions (such as, colleges and universities)
- sign language interpreter associations, and
- organizations representing sign language users
For-profit organizations, for example: Option 2
- sign language service providers that will not financially profit from the project
For-profit organizations are eligible if the nature and intent of the activity:
- is non-commercial
- is not intended to generate profit, and
- supports program priorities and objectives
Note to organizations located and operating in Quebec
The Quebec National Assembly adopted the Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (M-30). The provision of this Act imposes certain conditions on Quebec government bodies and certain other entities wanting to contract with the federal government.
Any entity that is subject to the Act must receive approval from M-30 before signing any agreement with the Government of Canada.
Your concept must meet all the following criteria:
- maximum duration cannot be more than 36 months and must end by March 31, 2027
- milestones and timelines are clear and feasible
Concept application form
Note: The deadline to apply has been extended to September 15, 2023, instead of September 8, 2023.
Your concept application form must meet all the following criteria:
- is sent to the department by September 15, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
- provides overall budget details, and other funding sources (if applicable)
- does not exceed the maximum of $2,000,000 per concept
- shows how it meets at least 1 of the 3 call for concept objectives (what, how and who)
- shows how it corresponds with at least 1 of the eligible activities
- includes information on one or more partnerships within the sign language interpretation community such as those between:
- educational institutions
- user organizations
- service providers, or
- the Deaf community
Your concept must show how it meets at least one of these eligible activities, not limited to activities that:
- foster the development of sign language interpretation as a professional career pathway
- contribute to increasing the number of sign language instructors and interpreters across Canada
- support Deaf people in training for and gaining work experience as interpreters or sign language instructors
- develop continuous learning and development opportunities to support interpreters throughout their careers
How we assess your application
The application and review process consists of 2 steps.
Step 1: Screening for eligibility and initial assessment
During Step 1, we will screen your concept application form to see:
- if you are eligible, and
- conduct an initial assessment against the criteria listed under the "Eligibility" section
Step 2: Invitation to submit full proposal
During Step 2, we will only invite a portion of applicants from Step 1 to submit a full proposal. The invitation to submit a full proposal does not guarantee funding.
The invited organizations will have 6 weeks to submit a full proposal. Further instructions will be provided to the invited organizations.
The Proactive disclosure page discloses details on funded projects.
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