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Monday, October 31, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Artist in Residence grant for schools.

Information on the Artists and Education Program can be found at

For assistance and additional information on the Artists and Education grant stream please contact Paul Reich, Arts Development Consultant with the Arts Branch, at (780) 415-0287 (toll-free in Alberta by first dialing 310-0000).

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Apply for the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Grant

If your school identifies as high-needs, if you are passionate about literacy and if you believe your students and the greater community would benefit from a Love of Reading grant then continue reading.

Love of Reading schools receive funding over a three-year period. For each of the three years, the school receives 10 per cent of the funds in the form of cash to spend on any special projects they believe will promote literacy: after-school activity groups; visits by special guest speakers and artists; anything that promotes a love of reading. They receive the remaining 90 per cent of the grant in the form of a credit redeemable for new books and learning materials at Indigo, Chapters and Coles book stores.

The 2012 Literacy Fund grant application is available in October.  Download the application from

Excellence in Literacy Foundation (ELF) grant in the areas of training and materials

The ELF offers small grants (typically $1000 - $2000) in order to assist schools and community organizations with program support for literacy activities. Funds may be used for salary, classroom materials or books. Applications are judged on a competitive basis. The ELF can grant only to Canadian schools and organizations. Granting priority is given to schools and organizations working with the ELF in the areas of training and/or materials.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Call for Proposals for the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) Pan Canadian funding deadline to apply is November 25

This is to advise you that the Call for Proposals for the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) Pan Canadian funding has now been posted on the Internet.  The deadline to apply is November 25, 2011.
Funding for larger pan-Canadian grant or contribution projects can provide support for networking, developing and delivering education and awareness activities, and creating tools and resources to help seniors protect themselves from elder abuse including fraud and financial abuse. The funding can also enable community members to better recognize elder abuse in all its forms and to improve the quality of life, safety and security of seniors.
Pan-Canadian projects identify and share promising practices across the country on what has worked well to address seniors' issues and can be replicated.
Eligible Pan-Canadian projects must have broad reach and impact, and can be funded for up to three years.
*       may address a provincial/territorial or regional need or address needs shared by communities across Canada;
*       recognize and address challenges faced by different communities in different regions;
*       produce products that can be used, adapted and or replicated across Canada; and
*       involve participation from partners/stakeholders from different regions across Canada/or from within the project region.
For more information about this Call for Proposals please see the attached link.
*Please note that this is a nationally-administered program so questions and inquiries should be directed to the general inquiry line listed on the site.

Deadline for the Grants to Aboriginal Dance Professionals is November 1, 2011

AFA Newswire
October 20, 2011

Canada Council for the Arts - Dance Section

Enclosed is a reminder of the upcoming deadline for the Grants to Aboriginal Dance Professionals on November 1, 2011.

Applications and support material must be postmarked no later than the deadline.
If the date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next
business day. Please note that no extension of the deadline will be granted.

Guidelines and application forms are currently available from the section
or on our website. Please review the program guidelines carefully before completing the application, even if you are already familiar with the program. Some modifications to the program have been made.
It is very important to receive a complete application postmarked no later than November 1, 2011.The Dance Section will not accept incomplete applications -- including all required support material, e.g. video.  Support letters must be included with your completed application and postmarked by November 1st as noted in the guidelines or the application will be considered incomplete.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure Support letters are sent with the application.  We will not call for missing material.  Incomplete applications are ineligible and will not be reviewed by the committee.

The Canada Council for the Arts would like to remind you of the Final Report Policy.

Applicants will not be eligible to apply to the Canada Council for further assistance until all final reports on all completed projects have been submitted to the Canada Council and approved by the program officer. This also applies to any other final reports due to programs in other Sections of the Council. This means that any new applications to the Canada Council will not be accepted if you have any overdue reports.

If you are planning to apply to one of our upcoming deadlines, please ensure that all previous reports have been received in all Sections concerned.

It is important to note we will not accept final reports that are sent with a new application. All reports are to be mailed separately and in advance of the deadline. The policy states that all final reports are to be received and approved before we receive a new application.  We will not accept final reports by email or by fax.

If you need to make an extension to your project end date, please fill out the Final Report Due Date Extension Form, which can be found on our website:

Geraldine Manossa
Dance Program Officer
Canada Council for the Arts
1 800 263-5588, or (613) 566-4414 (ext. 5501)

Canadian Public Art Funders presents Equity within the Arts Ecology: Traditions and Trends

Canadian Public Art Funders (CPAF) brings you a new research report Equity within the Arts Ecology: Traditions and Trends. The objectives of the research report were intended to provide an overview, through a literature review and environmental scan, of current knowledge and surrounding context on the theme of “equity within the arts ecology” in order to better understand how equity is defined, understood, implemented and measured within the Canadian arts ecology, as well as within a broader international arts context; and Identify key gaps or questions for future research. This report was prepared by Ashok Mathur and the Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada (CICAC) for the CPAF Strategic Development Meeting on Equity on June 13-14, 2011.

Establish a public library on reserve land

What is your opinion about establishing a community library offering literacy programs, computer training, puppet shows and a cultural art cafe?   The proposal is posted on the following page.

I would like to invite your input.

780 352 1633

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Join us at our provincial literacy symposium

Literacy Alberta, the Community Learning Network and the Centre for Family Literacy are pleased to invite you to attended the 2011 Literacy & Learning Symposium.

This province-wide professional development symposium focuses on literacy and lifelong learning as a tool for positive change. The symposium will take place in Calgary at the Radisson Hotel Calgary Airport October 19-21, 2011.

To learn more, visit

Friday, October 14, 2011

PALS training on October 13-14

I attended the PALS training in British Columbia from October 13 to 14.  PALS stands for Parents as Literacy Supporters. Fiona Morrison is a fantastic facilitator. The different modules of the training and the actual pilot program session were hosted in different places in the community; thus demonstrating a fantastic  Team in Action and plus showcase their 'working style' in a rhythm. I attended the PALS general training session at the daycare and early childhood development centre. The aPALS (aboriginal cultural component) at the Aborignal Headstart program delivery centre. The iPALS (immigrant component) pilot program delivery organized by the college for the Vietnamese community at the library. I liked the dual language learning approach. I also found creating literacy artifacts a very interesting process and finally the take home books and literacy kits by families.

I observed that the literacy sector is so active in promoting reading and encouraging people to visit the libraries. Also, explaining the library procedures such as fines, how to get a library cards and actually taking groups of people for libray tours.

Each of these organizations were kind enough to give me a tour of their facilities, share their projects plus programs, and challenges. I enjoyed listening to their success stories. I liked the 'Safe Program' in place. I was amazed at the BC Immigration Integration team and their support towards promoting family and adult literacy. Thank you Brisitsh Columbia Literacy Team for welcoming me and for being a perfect host.