Cooperation with the Non-Governmental Sector

Cooperation with the Non-Governmental Sector for Second-Language Learning aims to increase the production and dissemination of knowledge, methods and tools to support teaching of a second language through projects or initiatives designed to have an impact on many communities, preferably in more than one province or territory or nationwide.

  1. Cooperation framework
  2. Eligible recipients
  3. Eligible expenditures
  4. Calendar
  5. Content of application
  6. Evaluation criteria
  7. Funding terms
  8. Acknowledgment of the Government of Canada's contribution
  9. How to apply

I. Cooperation framework

Funds may be provided directly to organizations in the following two categories.

Programming

Programming funds may be provided to organizations to carry out ongoing regular activities that address issues in the area being supported. The funds aim to support the ongoing commitment and actions of organizations. They cover expenditures related to the activities and organizations' operating costs.

The Department will give priority to activities that have a lasting effect, strengthening relations between stakeholders and helping build the area being supported.

Project

Project funds may be paid to organizations to carry out one-time activities that do not require ongoing funding.

The Department will give priority to activities that are innovative or address current issues specific to the area being supported.

II. Eligible recipients

Canadian not-for-profit organizations and professional associations.

The following are not eligible:

  • individuals;
  • government bodies, schools, school boards and foreign organizations.

III. Eligible expenditures

Eligible expenditures include:

  • costs related to research and the dissemination of knowledge, methods and tools to support the teaching of English or French as a second language that are to facilitate learning;
  • administrative overhead related to the funded activities.

The following expenditures are not eligible:

  • capital expenditures;
  • course development expenditures;
  • expenditures related to activities with an international dimension.

IV. Calendar

Each year, the Program will set deadlines for submitting applications and post them on its website: www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1358890687846/1358890731962.

V. Content of application

  • Assessment of the situation in the area being applied for (with a description of the facts that led to the application being developed and the rationale for selecting the proposed approach).
  • Description of the proposed programs, activities or projects.
  • Clear statement of expected outcomes, with performance indicators for the entire project.
  • Linkages with the objectives of the Cooperation with the Non-Governmental Sector sub-component.
  • Linkages with issues related to second-language learning.
  • Implementation schedule.
  • Budget with a breakdown of the projected expenditures and financial contribution of each party for the proposed programs or activities.

VI. Evaluation criteria

  • Demonstration of the organization's commitment to issues related to second‑language learning.
  • Linkages with the objectives of the Cooperation with the Non-Governmental Sector sub-component.
  • Linkages with issues related to second-language learning.
  • Relevance of the stated needs and proposed activities to the situation described in the application.
  • Scope of the project or initiative.
  • Projected outcomes and impact on the area being supported.
  • Relevance of proposed performance measurements.
  • Ability of the organization to carry out the activities.
  • Diversification of partnerships and quality of cooperation with other partners.
  • Diversification of funding sources.
  • Balance between budget and projected activities.

Funding decisions are based on the above criteria and available funds.  All funding decisions are made by the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

VII. Funding terms

The Department provides funding to successful applicants in the form of grants or contributions and establishes the reporting requirements as well as the terms and conditions of payment. Multi-year funding may be provided in some cases.

The Department will assume no responsibility for any contractual commitments entered into by the Applicant prior to confirmation of financial support from the Department.

VIII. Acknowledgment of the Government of Canada's contribution

Public acknowledgment is a condition when receiving financial assistance from the Government of Canada. Recipients are required to acknowledge the contribution from the Department in accordance with the Guidelines for acknowledging funding from Canadian Heritage.

IX. How to apply

Applicants for funding under the Cooperation with the Non-Governmental Sector must use the Application Guide and Application Form, which can be found in the section on Official Languages Support Programs application forms and guides on the website at  www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1358262722545.