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Canada’s Emerging Co-operators (CEC), a commitee created by Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, is coordinating this project, click here to learn more about CEC.

What are the ECEF objectives?

1. Supporting young co‑operators’ and mutualists' access to learning opportunities such as:

  • A conference or convention related to the co‑operative or mutual sector;
  • A professional development program or learning opportunity that can help develop leadership skills in the co‑operative and mutual sector;
  • A post-secondary program or course related to co‑operative  and mutual studies (undergraduate or graduate studies);

2. Encouraging young researchers (Masters and doctoral candidates as well as other academics) to develop projects that can support the development of the co‑operative and mutual sector in Canada.

Who can apply to the ECEF?

Canadian citizens or permanent residents between the ages of 18 and 35 who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Work for a co‑operative or a mutual;
  • Are member of a co‑operative or mutual Board of Directors;
  • Are volunteer in a co‑operative or mutual;
  • Interest in doing research on co‑operatives and/or on mutuals or
  • Are a member of a co‑operative or a mutual.

How much money can the ECEF allocate?

Learning Opportunities

Professional Leaders (conference, congress, professional development program, learning opportunity)

  • Any amount up to $1,500
  • Amounts up to an additional $1,500 may be applied for if a co‑operative or mutual matches the top‑up funds
  • Next deadline is January 1st, 2021
  • Click here to apply

Academic Leaders: Undergraduate Students (Funding for registration or continuance of a post-secondary program related to co-operative and mutuals  studies)

  • Any amount up to $1,500
  • Amounts up to an additional $1,500 may be applied for if a co‑operative or mutual matches the top‑up funds
  • Next deadline is January 1st, 2021
  • Click here to apply

Academic Leaders: Graduate Students (Funding for registration or continuance of a non-research oriented graduate program)

  • Any amount up to $2,500
  • Graduate Students: An additional amount of up to an additional $2 500 may be applied for, if a co‑operative or mutual provide matching funding
  • Next deadline is January 1st, 2021
  • Click here to apply

Research Community

Researchers (Applications from research-oriented Graduate students and those of other members of the academic community (master's, doctoral or post-doctoral))

  • Any amount up to $2,500
  • Graduate Students: An additional amount of up to an additional $2 500 may be applied for, if a co‑operative or mutual provide matching funding
  • Next deadline is January 1st, 2021
  • Click here to apply

How can I submit my application to the ECEF?

  • To submit your funding request to the ECEF—Learning Opportunities
    • Professional Leaders (conference, congress, professional development program, learning opportunity) please fill out the application by clicking here
    • Academic Leaders (undergraduate post‑secondary program related to co‑operative and mutuals studies or a non-research oriented graduate program) please fill out the application by clicking here
  • To submit your funding request to the ECEF—Development of a Research Project, please fill out the application by clicking here 

DEADLINES:

  • Learning Opportunity Applications: July 15th, 2020 and January 1st, 2021
  • Reasearch Community Applications: July 15th, 2020 and January 1st, 2021
  • Other deadlines will be announced for 2021 and 2022 submissions
  • Announcements of recipients will be made on August 15th (for July applicants) and January 31st (for Januart applicants).

What are the obligations of ECEF recipients? (conditions subject to change for COVID-19 pandemic): 

1. At the end of the project, recipients will have to submit a report (maximum 2 pages, double‑spaced Calibri 12 font) detailing how the grant has benefited his/her personal development and that of your co-op or mutual.

2. To the extent possible: 

  • Participate in the Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) Congress. The Congress in usually held in June. In 2021 it will be in Halifax, in 2022 in Calgary and in 2023 in Ottawa.
  • Provide a report at a virtual or in-person meeting of Canada’s Emerging Co-operators as requested
  • Promote the fact that you have received a grant from the Emerging Co-operators Education Fund (ECEF) on your social media and through the communication tools of your co‑op or mutual
  • Support CMC in developing promotional content such as a blog post, participating in an interview to produce a video or podcast about your project, participate in a webinar or a workshop, etc.
  • Share your research results with CMC.

If you have any questions or extenuating circumstances relating to the the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact us by email.