Funding: Literacy and Essential Skills – Overview


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1. Overview

Funding channels

Most requests for funding by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES), are through Call for Concepts (CFCs) and Call for Proposals (CFPs). However, OLES may solicit proposals outside a Call process and accept unsolicited proposals.

Call for concept papers and call for proposals

Eligible organizations and their partners are invited to submit concept papers and proposals that address specific criteria and priorities. It is important to note that a variety of factors can affect the number and timing of CFCs and CFPs.

Solicited submissions

Occasionally, OLES solicits proposals outside the CFC process in order to take on a very targeted project to address a gap in a priority area. This allows the program the flexibility to develop projects that can increase expertise in particular areas, based on specific knowledge gaps and needs. To invest funds in an effective and timely manner, OLES works directly with organizations that have particular expertise and a track record of success in the area identified.

Unsolicited submissions

OLES will occasionally accept unsolicited submissions that address a particular labour market issue linked to a Skills for Success problem, need, or gap. Only projects that are national in scope are considered.

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