IESO Education and Capacity Building (ECB) Program

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Grant amount: Up to US $125,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 18, 2020 8:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Conference, Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Canada

Location of residency: Canada

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Overview:

The Education and Capacity Building (ECB) Program provides funding to support awareness, education, skills, and capacity building initiatives. The program helps prepare First Nation and Metis communities and organizations to take advantage of opportunities to contribute to cleaner, more reliable and more affordable energy systems.

Program Objective

The objective of the ECB Program is to support awareness, education, skills, and capacity building initiatives that help prepare communities to fully leverage energy opportunities and contribute to cleaner, more reliable and more affordable energy systems for First Nations and Métis, by providing funding support for: 

  • community capacity-building initiatives;
  • education, community data collection and knowledge mobilization initiatives;
  • skill building and project-readiness training; and
  •  innovative projects and initiatives relating to the ECB Program objective.

Focus Areas

This program includes four areas of focus:

  • community capacity-building initiatives; 
  • understanding the collection and use of community data;
  • skill building and project-readiness training; and
  • innovative projects and initiatives relating to the ECB Program objective.

 ECB Program Streams

All applications to the ECB Program must fit within one of the following ECB Program Streams:

Capacity Building

Projects that enhance awareness of, and knowledge about, energy-related issues in First Nation or Métis Communities, or First Nation or Métis Organizations. This may include community workshops and meetings, projects to engage youth and Elders in energy-related initiatives and issues, and other activities that educate and enhance energy-related capacity.

Skills, Training, and Job Readiness

Projects that build job-ready capacity and develop tangible skills within First Nation or Métis Communities, or First Nation or Métis Organizations to prepare these communities or organizations to participate in, develop, manage and own energy projects. This may include training related to energy management, technical skills, operation and maintenance, financial modeling and project management with respect to energy projects.

Innovation

Projects that demonstrate and deploy novel initiatives, approaches, and delivery models  related to energy issues in First Nation or Métis Communities, or First Nation or Métis Organizations. The Innovation Stream also supports the cultivation and collection of energy-related research, data, and Traditional Knowledge, and the engagement of youth and Elders. The application must clearly demonstrate how the project approach or delivery method is unique or innovative within the context of the community or organization, and how the unique or innovative approach will contribute to the success of the project.

The ECB Program may also accept proposals based on priorities identified through strategic research and program evaluations, from time-to-time. Through a request for proposals process, these “targeted calls” help to address specific and emerging needs. Details of these calls will be published on the ESP website as they arise. To maintain the ECB Program’s flexibility to respond to emerging needs and opportunities, the investment priorities of the ECB Program are subject to change.

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Eligibility:

  • The following Proponent types are eligible for funding under the ECB Program (each an “Eligible Proponent”):
    • First Nation and Métis Communities;
    • Co-ops;
    • Municipalities;
    • Public Sector Entities;
    • Registered Charities; and
    • Not-for-Profit Organizations.
  • The following types of entities may be eligible to apply to the ECB Program:
    • a Legal Entity wholly-owned and Controlled only by a Person or Persons that constitute the same Proponent Type;
    • a Legal Entity that is jointly owned and Controlled only by Persons:
      • that are at Arm’s Length from each other;
      • that are different Proponent Types; and
      • each of which is a Proponent Type; and
    • an organization that represents, in the sole and absolute discretion of the IESO, the interests of more than one First Nation and Métis Community (a “First Nation and Métis Organization”)
  • Two or more eligible Proponents that are at Arm’s Length and each meet the Mandatory Eligibility Requirements (“Joint Proponents”, and each individually a “Joint Proponent”) may take a collaborative approach and submit a Proposal together (a “Joint Proposal”).
    • Joint Proposals are encouraged where collaboration between two or more Proponents will strengthen the Initiative and enhance access or delivery to the Target Audience(s).
  • An Initiative proposed by one or more of the Eligible Proponents must be designed to target one or more of the following groups that are located in Ontario (each, a “Target Audience”): 
    • First Nation and Métis Communities;
    • Co-ops;
    • Municipalities; or
    • Public Sector Entities.
  • Eligible Expenses
    • Funding is provided under the ECB Program for Eligible Expenses that are directly related and reasonably necessary to complete the project.
    • Eligible Expenses can include costs associated with activities carried out by duly qualified internal resources, and with the services of duly qualified external service providers.
    • Any contract with an external service provider in excess of $50,000 must follow a competitive procurement process prior to being awarded.

Ineligibility:

  • Funding is not provided to individuals.
  • Ineligible Expenses - Funding is not provided under the ECB Program for Ineligible Expenses, which include: 
    • Costs that are not directly related to the project;
    • Costs related to the provision of legal advice or the development or distribution of legal templates, precedent agreements, or materials that are considered or could be considered legal or financial advice; 
    • Costs related to activities for which funding was received in relation to the project from another source; 
    • Costs that the applicant or joint applicant(s) did not directly incur;
    • Costs incurred, or relating to any activity, matter or thing carried out before the start of the Funding Agreement; 
    • Costs associated with meeting the administrative obligations of the application or Funding Agreement under the ECB Program or any other IESO program, including preparing status and other reports as may be required under the Funding Agreement; 
    • Costs associated with submitting the application, or applications or proposals under any of the IESO programs, or entering into a funding agreement under any of the IESO programs; 
    • Costs related to meetings with or the lobbying of any governmental authority or the IESO;
    • Costs associated with the use of personal devices (e.g. personal mobile or landline phones, laptops or internet service provider fees, etc.); 
    • Costs related to administrative operating expenses such as real estate expenses, insurance, utilities, memberships, dues, subscriptions, accounting, or maintenance of equipment; 
    • Costs incurred that are not evidenced by deliverables, including the supporting documentation required by the Funding Agreement, or other evidence of payment satisfactory to the IESO, in its sole and absolute discretion; 
    • Costs not approved by the IESO as part of the application and budget, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the IESO, in its sole and absolute discretion; 
    • Costs incurred by means of services in-kind, bonds, promissory notes or barter;
    • Costs for travel, hospitality or meals that do not comply with the Ontario Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive; 
    • Costs that, in the IESO’s view, in its sole and absolute discretion, materially deviate from the approved application in relation to the work plan, budget, project team, timelines or project description; 
    • Costs in respect of HST; and
    • Costs in respect of any deductions and withholdings, including any taxes, union dues, Canada Pension Plan contributions, employment insurance contributions and employer contributions.