Apply for funding under the Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability – Financial security for persons with disabilities

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Application period

May 29 to October 31 2019, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Pacific Time.

We anticipate that projects could start as early as spring 2020.

Application process

We recommend that you read the instructions carefully before you start completing your application. Not doing so could result in an incomplete application and its rejection from this process. This applicant guide includes the following information:

  • The eligibility criteria, the assessment process and the steps to apply
  • A glossary with definitions for terms used in this CFP
  • Instructions on how to best provide the required information in the application

Description of the funding

The Social Development Partnership Program – disability (SDPP-D) component supports projects intended to improve the participation and integration of persons with disabilities in all aspects of their life.

We are accepting applications from organizations interested in receiving up to $150,000 per year in contribution funding from the SDPP-D for projects that are up to 36 months in duration.

This process is intended to encourage experimentation of innovative approaches to improving the financial security of working-age Canadians with disabilities living in or near poverty. Funding will be provided to organizations to test new approaches, to assess what works and what does not and to share those findings with others who may be able to learn.

Read the extra step for organization located and operating in Québec.

Eligible organizations may submit only one application for funding in this process.

You may also be eligible for other Social Development Partnership Program – disability (SDPP-D) funding.

Objective

We are funding projects that will identify and test innovative approaches aiming to improve the financial security of working-age Canadians with disabilities living in or near poverty. Specifically, the projects should work towards achieving, at minimum, one of the following objectives:

  • improving access to existing supports and services aimed at improving the financial security of persons with disabilities
  • addressing gaps in supports and services aimed at improving the financial security of persons with disabilities
  • reducing high disability-related out-of-pocket expenses

Eligibility

This section describes what is required to determine your application’s eligibility. Your organization must meet the eligibility criteria listed below to apply for this program. Otherwise, your application will not be considered further.

  • Your organization is:
    • a not-for-profit organization
    • a not-for-profit post-secondary institutions (public universities and colleges); or
    • an Indigenous organization (including band councils, tribal councils, self-government entities and not-for-profits)
  • Your project does not exceed 36 months in duration.
  • The funding amount you are requesting from ESDC does not exceed $450,000.
  • Your application clearly demonstrates how the proposed project will identify and test innovative approaches to improve the financial security of working-age Canadians with disabilities living in or near poverty. The proposed approach cannot just be a continuation of an existing service of program.

Other requirements

  • Your application clearly demonstrates how it will work towards achieving, at minimum, one of the following objectives through an innovative approach:
    • improving access to existing supports and services aimed at improving the financial security of persons with disabilities
    • addressing gaps in supports and services aimed at improving the financial security of persons with disabilities; and
    • reducing high disability-related out-of-pocket expenses
  • Your application clearly demonstrates how persons with lived experiences are involved in the design and implementation of the project.

Note to organizations located and operating in Québec:

Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif, The Québec National Assembly adopted an Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (RLRQ, chapter M-30). This Act provides, in particular, that all Québec public bodies must obtain the authorization of the Québec government before entering into any agreement with the federal government, one of its departments or government agencies, or with a federal public agency. Any entity that is subject to the Act is responsible for obtaining the necessary authorization prior to the conclusion of such an agreement. If your proposed project is successful, ESDC will allow a reasonable amount of time for you to obtain the authorization from the Government of Québec. If you are unable to obtain the required authorization in a reasonable amount of time, your application could be withdrawn.

How we assess your application

This section describes how we will assess your application to determine its overall quality and merit.

  1. Project objectives (refer to Question 43 in the Applicant guide)
    • Your application clearly describes how your proposed approach is innovative. That is, it tests a new approach with the objective of improving the financial security of persons with disabilities.
    • Your application clearly describes how persons with lived experiences are involved in the design and implementation of your proposed project.
  2. Project activities, timelines and feasibility (refer to Question 44 in the Applicant guide)
    • Your application clearly describes your approach for disseminating the findings and results of your project by providing a description of the target audience and the various communications vehicles.
    • Your application provides a clear description of each activity.
    • Your project activities are specific, measurable and realistic.
    • Your project activities are relevant to the project objectives and demonstrate how they support the achievement of the project outcomes.
    • Your project timelines are clear and feasible.
  3. Project impact and measurement (refer to Question 45 and 46 in the Applicant guide)
    • Your application describes the expected outcomes and outputs of your project and how they are linked to your project objectives.
    • Your application clearly describes the impact of your proposed project on the financial security of project participants and other potential measures of the effectiveness of the intervention.
    • Your application includes potential results measurement indicators.
    • You application includes a high-level plan that outlines how you intend to measure the results of your project.
  4. Project Budget (refer to Section B, Part 3)
    • Your project costs are reasonable, detailed and support the project activities.
  5. Priority may be given to projects that:
    • Involve partnerships between organizations.
    • Take an intersectional approach by looking at other factors such as gender, sexual orientation, indigeneity, visible minority status, etc.

Steps to apply

Application period

May 29 2019 to October 31 2019, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Pacific Time.

Create a Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS) account to apply online

To apply online, you will need to create a Grants and Contributions Online Services account. We encourage you to create your GCOS account as soon as possible as it may take a minimum of two weeks to finalize it.

GCOS allows you to:

  • apply for funding opportunities
  • submit claims and supporting documents
  • track the status of your applications
  • manage all your ESDC funding applications and approved active projects in one single GCOS account

Gather your supporting documents and information:

Before submitting your Application for Funding, ensure that you have included all of the required documents in your application package. Not doing so could result in the rejection of your application from this process.

  • Application for Funding filled out in its entirety
  • Budget Detail Template: (Excel format, 85.5 KB, or PDF format, 1.72 MB)
  • Proof of partnerships (if applicable)

Apply, submit and track the status of your application online using GCOS

  1. Read the Applicant guide for this funding process to complete your application as it describes specific information you need to provide for each question of the form.
  2. Complete the Budget detail template (Excel format, 85.5 KB, or PDF format, 1.72 MB).
  3. Apply online using GCOS

Apply by email

  1. Read the Applicant guide for this funding process to complete your application form as it describes specific information you need to provide for each question of the application form.
  2. Complete the Application for Funding and the Budget detail template (Excel format, 85.5 KB, or PDF format, 1.72 MB) online or by hand.
  3. Sign the appropriate section (s).
  4. Print the signed page (s) only, scan and email them, as well as the Application for funding and the Budget detail template to: EDSC.INNOVATIONPPDSPH-SDPPDINNOVATION.ESDC@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca. If you are unable to scan them, you can mail them to the address below. Clearly indicate in your email if further documentation will be forthcoming by mail.

Apply by mail

  1. Read the Applicant guide for this funding process to complete your application form as it describes specific information you need to provide for each question of the application form.
  2. Complete the Application for Funding and the Budget detail template (Excel format, 85.5 KB, or PDF format, 1.72 MB) online or by hand.
  3. Print, sign, and mail the documents to the address below:

    Mailing address
    Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability – Financial Security submissions
    Coordination Unit, Mailstop: 402
    National Grants & Contributions Delivery Centre (ESDC)
    140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV, 4th Floor
    Gatineau, Québec  K1A 0J9

After you have applied

You will receive an acknowledgment of receipt of your application.

  • If you submitted your application through Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS), you will receive an acknowledgment immediately.
  • If you submitted your application by email, you will receive an automatic email acknowledgment to the email address you used to submit the application.
  • If you submitted your application by mail, you will receive an acknowledgment by email within 21 days of its receipt. The acknowledgment will be sent to the email address you provided in your application.

Information sessions

An information session will be held during the first 4 weeks of the intake period. Another information session will be held in mid-September, 2019. Interested applicants can participate by teleconference. If you are interested, send an email to EDSC.INNOVATIONPPDSPH-SDPPDINNOVATION.ESDC@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca. In your email, specify your preferred language (English or French) and if you require accessibility accommodations.

Contact us

If you have questions about this application process, send an email to EDSC.INNOVATIONPPDSPH-SDPPDINNOVATION.ESDC@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca. Enquiries sent before October 31, 9:00 a.m., Pacific Time will be answered.

Glossary

Financial security

An individual’s income level, the amount of debt or assets they hold and their typical expenses. Improving an individual’s financial security, therefore, refers to an approach that increases their income level (for example, employment or business earnings, benefits, etc), helps them reduce their debt, enables them to save more or to accumulate other assets (for example, small business equity) and/or reduces or eliminates one or more the expenses they regularly face.

Poverty

Condition of a person who is deprived of the resources, means, choices and power necessary to acquire and maintain a basic level of living standards and to facilitate integration and participation in society.

Partners

Individuals or organizations, including private and not-for-profit organizations, other levels of government (provincial, territorial, municipal and Indigenous). Partners must be detached from the applicant’s organization and cannot be a subsidiary or a satellite.

Innovative approach

Adoption of a new approach or changes to an existing approach aimed at improving the financial security of persons with disabilities living in or near poverty. Innovation can take various forms, including, but not limited to:

  • Changes to current supports and services to improve outcomes
  • Addressing gaps by developing new supports or services;
  • Creation of new tools and resources to enhance the reach and/or effectiveness of current approaches; and,
  • Collaboration between community organizations and non-traditional partners to enhance the reach and/or effectiveness of current approaches.

Lived experience

Person with a disability and/or person with a family member with a disability and/or person who are providing caregiving to a person with a disability.

Caregiving

Refers to all care that is required for a person's disability, other than the care provided by a healthcare professional.

Family members

May include any family relative, whether or not related by marriage, common-law partnership, or any legal parent-child relationship.

Working-age

Anyone who is no longer in school (secondary or post-secondary) and who is not yet retired (in other words, still part of the labour force and/or not receiving a pension or old age security).

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