Apply for funding for Social Development Partnerships Program – Children and Families – Financial Empowerment of Low-Income People

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

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Application period

You can apply from May 25, 2021 at 12:00 pm (noon), to July 6, 2021 at 12:00 pm (noon) Eastern daylight time.

We expect to make funding decisions in fall 2021.

Description of the funding

Eligible organizations can apply for up to $3,000,000. We will fund projects that increase the financial wellbeing of low-income adults.

Projects cannot extend past March 31, 2026.

You may also be eligible for the Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Children and Youth Call for Proposal. You can only submit an application for 1 of the 2 Calls for Proposals. If you submit more than 1 application, we will only review the first one.

Objective

This funding supports projects that focus on the following objective:

Projects must address more than 1 aspect of financial wellbeing, and must offer more than 1 type of service.

Find more information about the Social Development Partnerships Program.

Eligibility

To apply, you must meet all the following eligibility criteria.

Eligible applicants

Your organization must:

Note to organizations located and operating in Quebec

If we accept your application for funding, you may need to get approval from the Quebec government before you can accept our funding.

Consult the Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif.

Eligible projects

Your project must meet all of the following criteria:

Note: Activities can be local, regional, or national in scope.

For your application to be considered complete, you must meet all of the eligibility requirements above and provide the necessary documentation:

Note: It is important to submit a complete application. Make sure you have all the documents you need before you apply.

How we assess your application

Read and follow the applicant guide Financial Empowerment of Low Income People to complete your application form. This guide includes details for each question of the form.

If your project is eligible, we will assess it as follows:

1. Project objectives – (refer to question 55 of the applicant guide)

Show how your project will achieve the program objectives.

2. Organization’s capacity (refer to question 49 of the applicant guide)

Demonstrate your recent, significant, and relevant experience in delivering programs and services, which could include (not limited to):

Recent experience: delivering programs and services at any time within the past 5 years.

Significant experience: delivering programs and services for 2 years.

Relevant experience: delivering programs and services that target:

3. Project activities, timelines and feasibility (refer to question 56 of the applicant guide)

Your application must:

4. Project results and impact (refer to questions 57 and 58 of the applicant guide)

Your application must describe your project’s expected results, outputs and outcomes:

Note: It is important to set measurable results, qualitative (descriptive) or quantitative (numeric), so that you can track the success of your project.

5. Project budget (refer to part 3, Section B – questions 70 to 76 of the applicant guide and the budget detail template)

6. Considerations (refer to question 55 of the applicant guide)

Steps to apply

Gather your supporting documents and information

Before submitting your Application for funding, make sure that you have included all of the required documents in your application package. A complete application package includes the following 4 items:

    We will only consider complete application packages.
  1. completed application form
  2. completed attestation (part 4 of the application form)
  3. completed budget detail template
  4. document that confirms your Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) business or registration number or proof of provincial incorporation or registration (document must include the address of your organization)

Note: We will only consider complete application packages.

Decide how to apply

Apply online using GCOS

  1. Create your GCOS account. It may take up to 10 business days to create your account
  2. Read the applicant guide to complete your application form. This guide includes details for each question of the form
  3. Complete the budget detail template (EMP5570)
  4. Apply online using GCOS

Apply by email

  1. Read the applicant guide to complete your application form. This guide includes details for each question of the form
  2. Complete the application for funding (EMP5523) and budget detail template (EMP5570) on your computer or by hand
  3. Print, sign and scan the appropriate sections of the application for funding
  4. Send your complete application package by email to EDSC.DGOP.PPDSEF.AF-FE.SDPPCF.POB.ESDC@servicecanada.gc.ca

Note: If you are unable to scan the signature pages, you can mail them to us.

Apply by mail

  1. Read the applicant guide to complete your application form. This guide includes details for each question of the form
  2. Complete the application for funding (EMP5523) and budget detail template (EMP5570)
  3. Print and sign the appropriate sections of the application for funding
  4. Send your complete application package by mail to:

    Mailing address

    Social Development Partnerships Program – Children and Families – Financial Empowerment

    Coordination Unit mailstop 402

    National Grants & Contributions Delivery Centre (ESDC)

    140 Promenade du Portage Phase IV 4th Floor

    Gatineau QC K1A 0J9

Application form tips

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Adobe Reader 8 or higher, for example :

Downloading the application form
  1. Make sure that you have Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 or higher or Foxit Reader installed on your system
  2. Select the application form
  3. When prompted to open or save the form, select the down arrow on the save button, and select Save as
  4. Select your folder location and save (file type must be PDF)
  5. Reopen the form from your computer:
    • A. select the Open with option
    • B. choose option to open with either Adobe Acrobat Reader or Foxit
  6. Make sure that the form opens in one of the Reader Softwares (Adobe or Foxit), by looking at the top of your screen. For example, you should see:
    • C. ESDC-EMP 5523.pdf (secured) – Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, or
    • D. ESDC-EMP 5523.pdf (secured) – Foxit PhantomPDF
  7. Begin inputting and save your information
  8. Before submitting your application make sure that, the Application form is completed and all information saved properly
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Part 4 Attestation (mandatory)

To be considered eligible, an official representative who has the authority to submit proposals on behalf of your organization must attest that they:

To do this, the official representative must:

As this is an attestation, no signature is required.

After you’ve applied

We will review your application and decide if you will receive funding.

We expect to make funding decisions in the fall 2021.

Online

You will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt.

By email

You will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt by email.

By mail

You will receive a confirmation of receipt by email within 14 calendar days. We will use the email address you provided in your application.

Contact us

If you have questions, email us at EDSC.DGOP.PPDSEF.AF-FE.SDPPCF.POB.ESDC@servicecanada.gc.ca.

We will answer questions sent before July 5, 2021, at 4:00 pm Eastern daylight time.

If you need any accessibility-related accommodation, please email us with the details. We strive to accommodate all of your needs in line with accessibility standards. We will accept accessibility requests until July 6, 2021, at 12:00 pm (noon) Eastern daylight time.

Information sessions

We will hold information sessions in June. You can participate online or by teleconference.

If you are interested, send an email to us at EDSC.DGOP.PPDSEF.AF-FE.SDPPCF.POB.ESDC@servicecanada.gc.ca.

In your email, specify your preferred language (English or French) and if you require accommodations. We will provide you with instructions on how and when to attend.

Glossary

Adults

Persons aged 18 and older.

Collective impact

A form of teamwork to solve a large, specific social problem.

Financial empowerment

A way to help low-income people improve their financial wellbeing.

Financial wellbeing

Is the ability to meet one’s financial needs. Financial wellbeing can have an effect on overall quality of life.

Formal Partnership

Is a detailed, formal written agreement, such as a Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement should outline the roles, responsibilities and contributions to the project. For example:

Indigenous Peoples

Individuals experiencing homelessness

Individuals experiencing homelessness are those:

LGBTQ2+

Acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, 2-Spirit, plus additional identities

Low income

For the purpose of this Call for proposals, low income means not enough money to buy specific goods and services, including:

Multi-sectoral partnerships

Refers to partnerships formed between those from private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Newcomers

People who have been living in Canada for less than 5 years.

Official language minority communities

Organizational Capacity

The qualities, which help an organization, meet its goals and carry out its mission.

Partnerships

Groups or people that you collaborate with and that contribute to the project.

Persons with disabilities

A person with a disability is one who self-identifies as having a:

Racialized communities

Racialization is the process of socially constructing groups as races, based on characteristics such as:

Race is a social construct, which means that society forms ideas of race based on:

None of these legitimately classifies groups of people.

Remote

For this Call for proposals, we define a remote community as:

Rural

For this Call for proposals, we define a rural community as:

Seniors

For the purposes of this Call for proposals, seniors are defined as persons 55 years of age or older.

Social inclusion

The ability to take part in, and benefit from, the activities of society.

Sustainability

When the creation and delivery of activities continue after the funding ends with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Value for money

The means to attain high quality results with efficient use of funds.

Vulnerable populations

Individuals or groups who face the greatest social or economic barriers. These would include those living in poverty and diverse marginalized groups who are at risk of social exclusion. Examples for this Call for proposals may include those who are:

Women

Female persons.

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