Call for Proposals - Inter-Action (Projects)

Inter-Action, Canada’s new Multiculturalism Grants and Contributions Program, is administered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The Program supports CIC’s mandate and the Canadian Multiculturalism Act by assisting the socio-economic integration of individuals and communities and their contributions to building an integrated and socially cohesive society.

Under the Inter-Action Projects stream, we called for proposals that supported one or more of the following Program objectives:

  1. Building an integrated, socially cohesive society by:
    • building bridges to promote intercultural understanding;
    • fostering citizenship, civic memory, civic pride, and/or respect for core democratic values grounded in our history; and
    • promoting equal opportunity for individuals of all origins.
  2. Improving the responsiveness of institutions to the needs of a diverse population by:
    • assisting federal and public institutions to become more responsive to diversity by integrating multiculturalism into their policy and program development and service delivery.
  3. Actively engaging in discussions on multiculturalism and diversity at the international level by:
    • promoting Canadian approaches to diversity as a successful model while contributing to an international policy dialogue on issues related to multiculturalism. (Funding for this objective will primarily be for activities that take place in Canada.)

For this particular Call for Proposals, priority was given to project proposals which involved one or more of the following groups as primary beneficiaries:

  • youth
  • youth-at-risk
  • faith communities/organizations
  • immigrants

and/or which focussed on one or both of the following themes:

  • citizenship rights and responsibilities
  • facilitating positive interaction among different cultural, ethnic and religious communities in Canada.

Future Calls for Proposals may identify new priorities in response to specific national, regional or local emerging issues.

Proposals could be either national or regional in scope. National projects are those that are national in their reach or involve two or more Citizenship and Immigration Canada regions (Atlantic (N.S., N.B., N.L., P.E.I.), Quebec, Ontario, Prairies/N.W.T./Nunavut and B.C./Yukon).

Proposals are assessed using the assessment criteria included in the Inter-Action Projects stream Funding Guidelines:

Funding Guidelines – Inter-Action (Projects) (PDF, 1.5 MB)

In addition to responding to the aforementioned assessment criteria, we encouraged proposals which:

  • were written in plain and inclusive language with a balanced and positive perspective;
  • directly involved (and facilitated interaction among) a wide range of members of the community, rather than a select group of individuals;
  • were not research-only projects;
  • had clear and concrete proposed outcomes (e.g. “the number of mentees who have found meaningful employment” or “project participants who have become board members of community organizations”), rather than general assertions (e.g., the activity “will lead to enhanced cooperation among …” or “promote greater awareness of …”);
  • demonstrated value for money;
  • had project costs that were reasonable and aligned with the number of direct beneficiaries;
  • had proposed activities not normally planned or undertaken by organizations as part of their regular operations;
  • had reasonable salary and consultant expenses, normally not to exceed 50% of the total funding request; and
  • focussed on positive and action-oriented rather than exclusively workshop- or classroom- based activities.

The Call for Proposals closed on Friday, October 15, 2010. All hard copy applications postmarked by this date and electronic copies received at the appropriate regional or national office by October 15, 2010, 11:59 PM EST wll be considered.

Please check this website for information on future Calls for Proposals under the Inter-Action Projects stream!

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