THE ECEF

IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS !

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, 2022.
    • 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, 2022.
    • 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, 2022.
    • 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, 2022.
    • 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

    Deadlines

    • Learning Opportunity Applications: January 1st, 2022
    • Reasearch Community Applications: J January 1st, 2022
    • 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 January 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.

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    FAQ

    I would like to request funding for multiple individuals. Can these applications be grouped?

    Yes, group applications are possible. To make a group application request, please contact us at the following email address: ecef.ferc@gmail.com. In order for us to better assist you in this process we request that you contact us at least 15 days prior to any submission deadline.

    In this email please provide us with the following information:

    1. A description of the project
    2. A link to additional information regarding the project (website, brochure, etc.)
    3. How many participants of 35 years or less are subject to this funding request
    4. The name and contact information for the organisation that is making this funding request
    5. An overview of the projects’ funding

    I would like to get funding for some technical training related to my role as a co-operator. Can it be covered by the fund?

    The Emerging Co-operator Education Fund only funds co-op specific training. If the technical training is related to co-op or co-op specific realities it can be funded.

    As an example, the Fund could finance:

    • training on the specificity of accounting in cooperatives;
    • training on participatory management for a worker-coop employee.

    But, the Fund will not finance :

    • merchandising training for a retail coop worker;
    • training on new massage technique for a massage therapist working for a co-op

    Am I eligible for funding if I plan to study in a program like a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a doctoral degree that doesn’t exclusively focus on co-ops?

    Yes, you could be eligible for funding. To be eligible, you must complete one or multiple projects on one or multiple co-ops and/or mutuals during your studies. These projects can be a diagnostic, an end of study project or any other project that is equivalent to the workload of 2 university credits (90+ hours).

    During your submission you should also provide the following documents:

    1. a brief description of your project(s);
    2. proof that a coop or mutual will allow you to complete the project.

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