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Grant pamphlet

Local Equity and Inclusion Grant

The Federation will provide up to 10 Equity and Inclusion Grants each year, intended to support locals in conducting an audit of local processes and practices, and developing plans for greater equity and inclusion in the engagement, leadership, and work of the local. Some of the key components of the grant are:

  • The audit plan and activities should be led by and include members from a range of equity-seeking groups wherever possible.
  • Applications received after November 1 will be considered subject to available funds.
  • The grant is for up to $6,000.

Please find the application package for your reference here.

Regional Social Justice Conference Fund

These grants are designed to provide funding for social justice conferences to be held throughout the province. The intent behind these grants are to build capacity and support the growth of social justice in a given region. Funding occurs on a biennial basis. Information and application form for BCTF locals and sublocals are online. See examples of past regional social justice conferences. Applications are now available to support members in their initial planning. However, the final decision on whether the BCTF will provide funds for 2020–21 Regional Social Justice Conferences Grants will be made through the spring budget setting process. Download the 2019–20 final report form here.

Local Social Justice Grants

Social justice grants provide seed money for activities or projects that will bring about systemic change for social justice in schools, districts and/or communities in British Columbia. Grants to eligible applicants are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Our information package and application form for BCTF locals and sublocals are online. Submission dates for the grants for the school year 2020–21 is July 1, 2020–October 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. To ensure you have time to carry out your project by the end of the year, please apply as early as possible. See examples of past projects funded by local social justice grants: projects from 2000–2012, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, and 2020-2021. Download a final report form here.

Ed May Social Responsibility Fund

The Ed May Social Responsibility Education Fund was established by the 1994 Annual General Meeting of the BCTF. The fund promotes socially responsible teaching in inclusive, safe, and healthy schools by providing money to assist teachers in developing and implementing violence-prevention, antiracist, multicultural, gender-equity, global, environmental, or peace resources. The deadline for applying for grants for the 2020–21 school year is November 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Any grants not dispersed at this time will be available up to April 9, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. See the list of Ed May grant recipients for 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–132013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–172017–18, and 2018–19.
Final reports are due on December 1, 2021. Download a final report form here.

Bob Rosen Social Justice Award  

The Bob Rosen Social Justice Award was established in 2012 to honour the memory of Bob Rosen, a BCTF social justice activist. The award may be made at the Annual General Meeting to a person who has made a significant, sustained contribution toward social justice leadership within our union. Please follow up with a phone call to ensure the nomination was received. See these examples of past Bob Rosen Social Justice award winners. The deadline for applying for the 2020–21 school year is January 29, 2021.

Social Justice Initiatives Grant

The Provincial Social Justice Initiatives Grant is administered by the Professional and Social Issues Division (PSID). Information and an application may be found online. Grants are awarded on a yearly basis to support social justice projects that have an ongoing and systemic impact on teachers and students across the province and in their community. Projects may involve local community groups but should not be donations to these groups.The total amount of grant funds awarded in each school year is a maximum of $5,000. This amount may be awarded to one applicant, or divided between two or more applicants. The deadline is December 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Download a final report form here.

Imagineaction—a social justice program of the Canadian Teachers' Federation

Imagineaction offers funding for school-community social action projects.

Tips for teachers applying for the grants

Check out the criteria, timelines, priorities, and tips to help you apply for the Ed May Social Responsibility Fund or social justice grants. See also the Social Justice Lens (available in French).

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