How to apply

You can apply from April 11, 2024, to June 20, 2024, at 1:00 pm EDT. Closed

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Use your Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS) account to apply.

If you don’t have a GCOS account, create one as soon as possible.

  • Once your GCOS user and organisation profiles are completed, you can immediately submit your application
  • Once your application is submitted, you must finalize your GCOS account as soon as possible to ensure you are fully registered and benefit from all the advantages
  • What are the Grants and Contributions Online Service (GCOS)?

    The Grants and Contributions Online Services is an online platform where users can create an account for their organization. This allows users to submit funding applications online to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Once you create your account it allows you to:

    • track the status of your application
    • sign an agreement if your application is approved for funding
    • manage active projects
    • submit documents, and
    • review past projects submitted through your GCOS account

Sign in or register for GCOS

Confirmation of receipt

If you submit your application through GCOS, you will receive an acknowledgment immediately and a tracking number.

Other ways to apply

While we recommend GCOS, you can also apply using one of the following options:

  • By email or mail

    To apply by email or mail, download and complete the application form.

    Standard Application for Funding (PDF, 554 KB)

    How to submit your application

    By email

    Email your application to the email address below by 1:00 pm EDT on June 20, 2024.

    By mail

    Your application must be postmarked on or before 1:00 pm EDT on June 20, 2024. Your application should be mailed to the address below. Note additional administrative delays might apply.

    Changes to mailing address for submissions

    The mailing address has been updated, including adding a mailstop number.

    Enabling Fund for Official Language Minority Communities – Employment Assistance Services (EF-OLMC - EAS) submissions

    Coordination Unit Mailstop 402

    National Grants & Contributions Delivery Centre (ESDC)

    140 Promenade du Portage Phase IV 4th Floor
    Gatineau QC
    K1A 0J9

    If you submit your application by mail, you will receive an acknowledgment by email within 14 days of its receipt. The acknowledgment will be sent to the email address provided in your application.

    About PDFs

    Our application form uses PDF form technology. You must have a PDF reader installed to use the form correctly. There are several readers available on the Internet for free that support our form

    • Adobe Reader (you must use a version of Adobe Reader 8 or higher, for example Adobe Acrobat DC Reader)
    • Foxit Reader
    Alert: Warning

    If you do not use the recommended readers (Adobe Acrobat 8 or higher or Foxit Reader), the Department may receive a blank application from you.

    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:
      1. select the "Open with" option
      2. 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:
      • ESDC-EMP XXXX.pdf (SECURED) - Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
      • ESDC-EMP XXXX.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 has saved properly
    Moving within a form

    To move from one field to the next on the form, hit “Tab”. This ensures that you do not accidently skip over any fields.

    Forms that perform calculations

    Some sections of the form perform calculations based on the amounts you enter and will automatically calculate totals in the appropriate fields. You are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of any information submitted. Please double-check all data you enter.

Submit one application only

Submit only one copy of your application to ESDC. Submitting multiple copies of the same application or submitting the same application by using various methods will cause longer processing times for your application.

When you'll get a funding decision

Funding decisions will begin as early as fall 2024.

You should not start your project until you hear from us. You can’t begin any of the proposed activities or incur any expenses until the approval of your project and a funding Agreement has been signed by both you and the Department. If you incur costs related to the project after the approval but before the signing of the Agreement, you do so at your own risk.

If you apply through GCOS, you will be able to track the status of your application throughout the process.

Not all submitted applications will be selected for funding, as funding is limited. Please note that decisions are final and there is no appeal process.

Learn more about what to expect after you apply for a contribution.

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