Friday, 30 May 2014

New Horizons program deadline is in July

New Horizons program deadline is in July

Organizations that want to help seniors make a difference in the lives of others, and in their communities can apply to carry out projects led or inspired by seniors.   The deadline for New Horizons community-based project applications is July 4, 2014.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Tree planting program funding

Tree planting program funding

Canon and Evergreen offer the Take Root Grant Program, which provides funding of $5,000 and a Canon PowerShot camera for stewardship and restoration activities across Canada. To be eligible, projects must include at least one tree planting event during fall 2014. The deadline for Applications is June 6, 2014.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

OLA Special Libraries Committee Super Conference 2015: Call For Proposals

OLA Special Libraries Committee Super Conference 2015: Call For Proposals

The theme of the 2015 Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference is "Think It. Do It!" The OLA Special Libraries Committee invites session proposals from librarians, information professionals, and knowledge workers from the special libraries community.

"This year's theme focuses on creativity, the creative process, and the hard work that that implies!  It's not enough to have creative ideas – we need to have the gumption to realize those ideas in practical terms. We need to be able to transform our ideas into solutions."

Special libraries, corporate information centres, and other unique information settings have a distinctive understanding of what is required to transform ideas into working solutions. Productivity and the action steps we make towards realizing an innovative solution are what this theme is all about.

OLA Super Conference: Think it. Do it!
January 28-30, 2015
Submit your proposal here
Submission deadline is Friday, May 16th.

We encourage you to submit session proposals that outline inventive projects, highlight outside-the-box thinking, creative processes, and ways that we can be more effective in our workplaces. Suggestions and ideas for session topics include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Future of information services in corporate libraries
  • Budgeting with limited resources
  • Reaching non-users
  • Collaboration with non-library staff within your organization
  • Grants 101
  • Working well with IT
  • Tracking performance metrics
  • Policy writing and approval
  • Purchasing models and negotiation
  • Matching technology to user communities
  • Weeding: beyond books
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Influencing in position of no authority
  • Why should the boss listen to me?
  • Advocacy for non-librarians
  • Collaborative service delivery in virtual work environments
  • Dealing with contracts
  • How to get into management
  • Shoestring professional development
  • Promoting volunteering opportunities
  • Evaluating technology
  • Library startup 101

Submit your proposal here. Submission deadline is Friday, May 16th. If you have any questions, or would like more information, please don't hesitate to contact your OLA-SLC Planner: Zack Osborne (

Library Systems Report

Marshall Breeding's popular Library Systems Report—an essential, comprehensive guide to the latest library systems trends and news, from company consolidations and sales numbers to technical advances and industry commentary—is available in the May 2014 issue of American Libraries.

The report includes:
• Details on products from more than 30 companies
• Information on system placements by library type
• News on company consolidations, promotions, and advancements
• Vendor profiles
• Updates from international libraries
• Complementary charts on multiyear sales trends, personnel details,
ILS statistics, sales statistics, installed base of library automation systems and more (online version of the report only)

Access the report at .

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Green Renaissance

We are a film production and media agency, specialising in helping environmentally conscious businesses and non-profit organisations to develop creative content that promotes green and conservation initiatives.

We are professionals in environmental media content creation, striving to produce emotive content that can affect change, bring about awareness and inspire action. We endeavor to help companies communicate a transparent agenda for environmental change, helping to share their vision with the world.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Aboriginal Audio Digitization Program

Program Background

The Aboriginal Audio Digitization Program is a grant funding opportunity sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia1, Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and the First Nations Technology Council. The goal of the Program is to provide financial support to British Columbia Aboriginal communities and organizations for the conversion of audio materials on cassette to uncompressed digital file formats, such as broadcast wave. Another goal is to promote enhanced and appropriate access to these recordings for communities and where possible the broader public.

The Aboriginal Audio Digitization Program developed out of the Indigitization project, which began in 2010 collaboratively between the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, the First Nations Technology Council, and three First Nations communities: Heiltsuk, Ktunaxa, and 'Namgis. Other contributors include UBC's Museum of Anthropology, the School for Library, Archival and Information Studies, and the First Nations House of Learning. This pilot project sought to clarify processes and identify issues in the conservation and digitization of Aboriginal community information resources, such as materials to support language revitalization, oral histories, traditional land use interviews, and other materials as identified by participants as having need of digitization and preservation.

The Indigitization pilot project resulted in the creation of the Indigitization toolkit. This resource was created through the joint experience of the partner communities and is also informed by industry standards and sound practices. It serves as a starting point for Aboriginal communities interested in undertaking digitization and preservation projects and is a stepping stone in preserving valuable Aboriginal information, including endangered language resources for future generations.2

IndigitzationOne important outcome of the pilot is the development of a portable audio cassette digitization system designed for implementation in B.C aboriginal communities. This system, developed in partnership with UBC's Museum of Anthropology's Oral History Language Lab, consists of a digitization hardware system, accompanying digitization and project planning manual and practical, in-person training module. These cassette digitization resources were developed as stand-alone portions of the toolkit to address the specific needs of Aboriginal communities to develop capacities for the digitization of vintage audio formats such as audio cassette. These resources serve as an important complement to the Aboriginal Audio Digitization Program.

1The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre serves as an education centre, library and as a conduit of knowledge for British Columbia and beyond. The Learning Centre offers the BC Aboriginal Audio Digitization and Preservation Program as part of its mandate to support education and the sharing of knowledge.

2UBC's Aboriginal Engagement Strategic Plan specifically targets "extending and supporting work to stabilize and recover Indigenous languages" in British Columbia.

Addax and Oryx Foundation

The Addax and Oryx Foundation funds projects that: 

  1. Are conducted by registered non-profit, non-governmental organisations (see also under Limitations and exclusions) with:
    • Proven experience and competence in the proposed area of activity.
    • Demonstrated budget efficiency and transparency in the use of funds.
  2. Contribute to the eradication of the root causes of poverty in Africa and the Middle East.
  3. Focus on the Foundation's four core areas:
    • Health
    • Education
    • Community development
    • The environment.
  4. Create a sustainable and measureable impact for the most underprivileged populations.
  5. Ensure sustainable development by building skills and empowerment for the long-term.

The Foundation gives preference to projects that cover two or more of its core areas, and to small organisations run by highly committed individuals who are directly involved in the projects they propose.


The organisations it supports commit to biannual reporting on the progress of the project and the use of funds. The Foundation is strongly committed to efficient technical and financial management of the projects its finances.

In allocating funds, the Foundation aims to:

  • create a sustainable and measurable impact;
  • develop self-sufficiency within local populations;
  • spark an individual and collective development momentum.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Future Generation Tech Lab program offers technology grants

Better education through better technology.

At Future Shop, we believe that access to technology is a key component to building a student's confidence and creativity, qualities that will open doors to future possibilities. Having the latest in computers and digital devices helps keep students motivated and allows them to stay competitive as they move towards post-secondary education.

The Future Generation Tech Lab program offers technology grants in two categories:

Elementary schools

Grants are available to help schools introduce or improve the technology available to all students in the school.

Learn more.
Secondary schools

Grants are available to upgrade the technology of a specific program or classroom primarily used by students in Grades 9-12.

Learn more.

Applications for Secondary grants (9-12) are currently being accepted from April 25 – May 23, 2014. Apply now.

We believe that these digital tools will spark students' imaginations and creativity so they can do more, learn more, and achieve more.

Epicure Foundation™ created the Community Initiative National Grant Program to support grassroots organizations working to improve food security across Canada

Grant Program

In 2007, the Epicure Foundation™ created the Community Initiative National Grant Program to support grassroots organizations working to improve food security across Canada. Our goal is to ensure that all Canadians have access to resources and education to prepare nourishing meals for themselves and their families.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2014 Epicure Foundation™ Community Initiative National Grant Program on April 22, 2014. The deadline for applications is June 13, 2014 at noon (PT).

Download the Epicure Foundation™ Community Initiative National Grant Program application form here: PDF MS WORD

Application packages can be submitted via email to or via fax at 1-888-656-7740.



The Community Impact program is now OPEN for applications.

The deadline to submit an application is Thursday, June 26, at 5:00 pm EDT.

Program objective 

The Community Impact grants support projects that bring together young adults (aged 18-30) of different spiritual, religious and secular beliefs to take action to achieve a positive outcome for their community.

Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000.

Click to view the guidelines and FAQs.

To learn more about past Community Impact grantees and their projects, please visit our Supported Projects page.

How to apply

To apply online:

STEP 1: 

STEP 2: 

  • Existing users: Click here if your organization is already registered in our system, or if you have an application in progress.
  • New users: Click here if your organization is not yet registered in our system.

To apply by email:

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Save the Children-Scholastic Canada

Supporting education in Canada

Classrooms care: Reading is Giving


Since 2008, Scholastic Canada has supported First Nations communities by donating 30,000 books annually to Save the Children.

We partner with Indigenous communities and organizations to distribute these books, including North South Partnership for Children, Kenora Chiefs Advisory, and Fort Francis Tribal Health.  To date we have distributed over 90,000 books to over 15 Indigenous communities.

This collaboration has proven so successful that in 2010, one community renovated their library to accommodate the number of new books they received: much to the delight of children in the community.

Librarians Deliver ROI of $5.43 Per Dollar Invested

The Report Identifies The Services Provided by Information Professionals:

·         Fast and thorough searches, presenting the latest, most comprehensive and accurate information to executives and practitioners.

·         Training to enable library users to carry out their own searches of electronic databases more efficiently and effectively.

·         The expertise of the information professionals is what drives the $5.43 ROI per dollar.

·         Filtered, evaluated and packaged search results.

·          Relevant, tailored, current information from national and international sources.

·         Assistance for people who are studying for a tertiary qualification and training to achieve a higher level of competency.

·          Manage a dynamic collection of physical and online resources, so staff can access   up-to-date, authoritative resources, and make well-informed decisions.

·         Negotiate with publishers of books, journals and online resources, to achieve the best value for the department.

·         Ensure the materials and the ways they are used are copyright compliant.

"Putting A Value On Priceless": New Study Reports that Librarians Deliver ROI of $5.43 Per Dollar Invested
Library Week has brought us a gift from "the land downunder." The Australian Law Librarians' Association
(ALLA)  and 3 other Library organzations (The Australian Library and InformationAssociation (ALIA), Health Libraries Inc (HLInc),Health Libraries Australia (HLA)) collaborated on a study to measure the Return on Investment of Australian special libraries.The partners commissioned award-winning firm SGS Economics and Planning  to study special libraries across the nation. This week,  the final report was issued " Putting a Value on Priceless"  which provides an independent assessment of the return on investment provided to organizations which have their own special libraries and information services in Australia.

The Survey was conducted between June and September 2013 and was supplemented by in depth case studies. 5% of Australia's 2200 special libraries participated.

Conservatively, special libraries are estimated to deliver $5.43 in value for every one dollar spent.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Family Services Community Grants: Autism Speaks Canada

Family Services Community Grants


Autism Speaks Canada grants funds to organizations with charitable status in Canada that provide services which enrich the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Recognizing that there are multiple needs in the expansive and varied autism community, the focus of Autism Speaks Canada Family Services Community Grants is on proposals that serve to build the field of services for individuals with autism and expand the capacity to effectively serve this growing community. In particular, we are interested in proposals that address the needs of underserved communities and geographies.
In 2013 Autism Speaks Canada awarded $469,221 to 27 organizations across Canada.  For a list of the the 2013 community grants funded, please click here.

Family Service Community Grants
Autism Speaks Canada grants funds to organizations with charitable status in Canada that provide services which enrich the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.  The deadline for letters of intent is May 7, 2014.

We must narrow the Aboriginal Education gap.

Canada's skills gap: 11 quick facts

Released March 2013
  1. Canada needs more university, college and trades grads
    In order to compete in the new global knowledge economy, we have to equip all Canadians to achieve their potential and contribute to a prosperous Canada.
  2. There is strong demand for university grads.
    According to a recent CIBC report, most jobs in high demand in Canada require a university degree. For example: managers in health, education, social and community services; human resources and business service professionals; and supervisors in manufacturing and processing. CIBC World Markets, The Haves and Have Nots of Canada's Labour Market (December 3, 2012)
  3. University grads have in-demand skills.
    Today's employers are seeking employees with global awareness, critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities and strong communication and interpersonal skills. These are all skills developed and honed through a university education. Harris interactive employment survey, July 2012
  4. Grads have close connection between studies and career.
    University graduates are typically employed in an area connected to their studies soon after graduation. For example, in Ontario two years after graduation (in 2011), 93 percent of university graduates were working and 82 percent of those working full-time considered their work closely or somewhat closely related to their university education. Council of Ontario Universities, Employment Outcomes of 2009 Graduates of Ontario University Undergraduate Programs, November 2012 
  5. University grads adapt to job market changes.
    Many of the most in-demand occupations today did not exist 10 or 20 years ago. University education equips young Canadians with skills to adapt to changing labour market needs. Canadian Chamber of Commerce report on cross-country consultations, Canada's Skills Crisis: What We Heard, 2012
  6. Opportunities are strongest for university grads.
    The demand for university graduates is strong across Canada. For example, even in resource-rich Alberta, more than 40 percent of new jobs since 2000 have been for university graduates, 26 percent for college graduates and 10 percent for skilled tradespeople. Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey
  7. Job growth for university graduates continues in a tough economy.
    Strong job growth for university grads continues, even during difficult times. Between July 2008 and July 2012, 700,000 net new jobs were created for university graduates, compared to 320,000 net new jobs for college and trades graduates, while a total of 640,000 jobs were lost for high school grads. Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey
  8. Canada has room to grow.
    According to the OECD, Canada ranks first in the world in college attainment, while only 15th for university degree attainment. OECD, Education at a Glance 2012
  9. Job projections are favourable for university grads.
    According to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada's estimates, 70 percent of new jobs in the coming decade will require postsecondary education. Between 2011 and 2020, AUCC estimates there will be 2.1 million jobs created for university graduates. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
  10. University students get hands-on career preparation.
    Universities are increasing the programs and services they offer to help graduates transition to careers. Half of all Canadian university students across all disciplines now complete at least one co-op experience, practicum, internship or field placement by the time they graduate. Canadian University Survey Consortium, 2012 Survey of Graduating Undergraduate Students
  11. We must narrow the Aboriginal education gap.
    There are more than 560,000 Aboriginals under the age of 25 across Canada. Only eight percent of Aboriginal people aged 25 to 64 in Canada have a university degree. Comparatively, 23 percent of non-Aboriginals of the same age group have a university degree. Tremendous opportunities exist – for Aboriginals in Canada and for the country – if we increase access to university education for Aboriginals of all ages. Statistics Canada, 2006 Census of Population

HR/Volunteer Management

HR/Volunteer Management

The Volunteer Screening Handbook

Volunteer Canada's handbook helps organizations develop screening policies and practices. Screening is an essential component of sound human resource management. It is broadly defined as an ongoing process that helps better match people and organizations, improves the safety and quality of programs, and reduces risks and liability.

The Gardner-Pinfold report on Nova Scotia's non-profit & voluntary sector labour force
This report identified the characteristics of the non-profit sector workforce in Nova Scotia and compared them to the national picture. The workforce in Nova Scotia is better educated than the national average, but is paid less. Read this and lots of other key findings.