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School Council Innovation Grant

School Councils may submit one request for support up to $1,500 to support innovative (the development of new ideas or the improvement of existing ideas) projects/activities that engages parents/caregivers (in-person, virtual and hybrid) and builds School Councils’ parents/caregiver/guardian capability around:

  • Anti-Black racism
  • Anti-Indigenous racism
  • Anti-racism
  • Equity/anti-oppression
  • Food sovereignty
  • Human Rights

To learn more about the grant thematic areas, please visit the Resources tab. 

School Councils may collaborate and submit one application; however, allocation will remain at a maximum of $1,500 per school.

NOTE: Collaborative projects must submit one application, however, please ensure the following criteria are provided:

  • The contact information provided in the application is the lead School Council of the project
  • The roles and responsibilities of each School Council in the collaborative project must be provided in the project description
  • The amount requested by each school for their part in the collaborative project must be provided in the project description (maximum $1500)

Eligibility 

Projects/Initiatives will be required to:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to respecting the role of all parents/caregivers in students’ educational experiences by addressing, racism anti-Black racism and anti-indigenous racism and centering the voices of racialized parents/caregivers, and elders
  • Provide spaces for the voices of racialized parents/caregivers, to address issues of equity anti-oppression, and human rights
  • Create a sense of belonging within the school environment by acknowledging and valuing parents/caregivers' identities and assets, ensuring their representation and reflection in all spaces, activities, and the building
  • Respect parents/caregivers as co-collaborators with teachers by ensuring their identities are embedded in the curriculum
  • Contribute to raising awareness around local food production, and building skills around planting, growing, harvesting, budgeting and distribution in a way that is sustainable in the long term
  • Increase affordable local food system control, including access to fresh and healthy food
  • Projects must be completed between January 9, 2023 - June 16, 2023

Eligible Activities/Initiatives 

Activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Workshops
  • Training session
  • Book Clubs
  • Information sessions with guest speakers
  • Parent Resource Creation
  • Conversation Circles
  • Artistic evening expressions(music, dance, food, painting etc.)
  • Roundtable sessions on improving the production or access to locally produced or harvested foods
  • Workshops on starting parents’/caregivers' gardens, economical cooking, budgeting, harvesting, etc.
  • Provide information and access to food and land teachings in the digital space. This can include online social media campaigns, videos, digital workshops, etc.

Ineligible Initiatives 

  • Student initiatives
  • Staffing initiatives (appreciation, payment for presentations, etc.)
  • Equipment purchases
  • Previous year expenditures
  • The purchase of perishable and/or non-perishable food for distribution
  • The purchase of food gift cards or vouchers

Outcomes

  • Black, Indigenous, and racialized parents/caregivers feel a sense of belonging and agency
  • Parents/caregivers have enhanced awareness and understanding of racism, hate, and bias and put in place actions to disrupt and shift individual and Council practice
  • Parents/caregivers understand how to address local needs and systemic barriers in the school community
  • Improved knowledge of food security and self-sufficiency
  • Increased knowledge on how to access (local growing capacity) nutritious, affordable, local, culturally appropriate food

Key Timeline 

Stages   2022-2023 Application Period 
Application Opens  November 21, 2022 
Application Deadline  December 16, 2022, 5:00 p.m
Decisions Released  January 6, 2023
Midterm Report Due   March 10, 2023 
Goods Receipt Due  June 2, 2023 
Unspent Funds Withdrawn   June 9, 2023 
Final Report Due  June 16, 2023 


NOTE: Any unused funds will be returned to the Board.

For a list of frequently asked questions, please visit the FAQ tab.

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