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School Councils may submit one request for support up to $1,500 to support innovative (the development of new ideas) projects/activities that engages parents/caregivers (in-person, virtual and hybrid) and builds School Councils’ parents/caregivers/guardians capability around:
- Anti-Black racism
- Anti-Indigenous racism
- Food sovereignty
- Human Rights
- Mental health and well-being
- Creating safe spaces of belonging (tackling bullying and violence)
- Engaging parents/caregivers in early literacy and numeracy
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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)
- Funds awarded will be deposited in the lead School Council's Cc #xxxx0565 and GL #41500 account.
- Responsibility of all collaborating School Councils to submit all invoices for reimbursement to the lead School Council no later than May 31, 2024
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
- Demonstrating a clear and measurable impact on improving mental health outcomes
- Engaging parents and caregivers in early literacy and numeracy
- Establishing safe and inclusive environments where individuals feel a sense of belonging and are empowered to prevent and address bullying and violence
- Projects must be completed between November 20, 2023 – May 31, 2024
Activities may include but are not limited to:
- 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.
- Mentorship programs
- Educational programs
- Student initiatives
- Staffing initiatives (appreciation, payment for presentations, etc.)
- Equipment purchases (ie., gardening tools, computers, speakers, pots and pans)
- Previous year expenditures
- The purchase of perishable and/or non-perishable food for distribution (does not include ingredients for a project)
- The purchase of gift cards or vouchers
- Hotel, transportation, and speaker meals
- 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
- Enhance the mental well-being of individuals and communities, reduce stigma, and build a supportive and understanding community.
- Have a positive impact on the safety environment of schools: incidents of bullying and violence within the community and encourage individuals to recognize and report instances of bullying and violence.
- Foster a supportive and enriching home environment that enhances children’s early learning experiences and sets a strong foundation for their educational success.
NOTE: Any unused funds will be returned to the Board.