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METCALF
FOUNDATION

Leading and Learning Program

Network Learning Fund

Overview +

The Network Learning Fund is one of two funding streams of the Leading and Learning Program. It provides support to a group of organizations, led by a charitable partner, who wish to explore a shared concern, challenge, or area of common interest.

Partner organizations submit a group application that details their proposed initiative. Initiatives could include a curated study tour, peer shadowing at a specific organization engaging in innovative practices and initiatives, or attending a conference, festival, or symposium, coupled with pre- and post-event meetings.

The fund is designed to encourage shared learning and provide opportunities to develop professional leadership, strengthening sector relationships, and create informal communities of peers who are motivated to pursue collaborative work.

Eligibility +

Applicants to the program must work in one of Metcalf’s three program areas:

  • Environment – Organizations must be working to build a low-carbon, resource efficient, and resilient Canada. The lead charitable organization must be based in the City of Toronto.
  • Performing Arts – Professional theatre, dance, music, or opera companies working to leverage opportunities for new approaches and shared learning in the performing arts. All organizations must be based in the City of Toronto.
  • Inclusive Local Economies – Organizations must be working to improve the economic livelihoods of low-income people in Toronto. All organizations must be based in the City of Toronto.

Organizations must have a current, valid charitable registration from the Canada Revenue Agency.

Applications can be submitted from a group consisting of representatives from a minimum of three non-profits, one of which must be identified as the lead charitable organization. Each non-profit may have more than one leader participate in the program.

Deadlines +

For 2017 awards, applications for the Network Learning Fund will be accepted on or before:

2:00pm, May 29, 2017
2:00pm, November 13, 2017 

Application Guidelines +

Click here to view the full application guidelines.

FAQs +

  • What is the first step to obtaining support from the Foundation?

    Please review all the information on the website and download and read the relevant application guidelines. While Leading & Learning is a Foundation-wide initiative, individuals and organizations are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate Program Director (Performing Arts, Inclusive Local Economies, or Environment) to discuss their ideas in advance of submitting an application.

  • Does my work fit in one of Metcalf’s three program areas?

    To be eligible to apply to the Foundation’s Leading & Learning program, applicants must work in one of Metcalf’s three program areas. There must be a clear connection between an applicant’s work and Metcalf program goals and areas of focus. For example, Metcalf’s Environment Program is currently focused on advancing low-carbon solutions in Canada. Applications associated with this program area must have a low-carbon focus.

  • Can current Metcalf Foundation grantees apply to the Leading & Learning program?

    Yes, as long as the proposed activity does not duplicate existing work funded by the Foundation. Please consult with the appropriate Program Director to determine eligibility if any member of the network is a current grantee.

  • What is the maximum/minimum size of a grant under the Network Learning Fund?

    For the Network Learning Fund, applicants can apply for grants up to $16,000. Please see the relevant application guidelines for additional information regarding eligible costs and budget requirements.

  • Would Foundation staff be willing to review my proposal in advance of the deadline?

    Foundation staff are happy to discuss potential proposals, but they do not read full drafts of proposals prior to their submission.

  • How are Leading & Learning program applications assessed?

    Applications are reviewed by the Foundation’s Board and staff, and assessed according to an established set of funding criteria. Please see the relevant application guidelines for additional information regarding assessment criteria.

  • How does the Foundation make funding decisions?

    Funding decisions are made by the Foundation’s Board of Directors and decisions are final.

  • How long will it take to receive a decision about my application?

    Application deadlines along with a timeline for when you can expect to hear back from the Foundation are detailed in the program guidelines.

Individual Leadership Fund

Overview +

The Individual Leadership Fund is one of two funding streams of the Leading and Learning Program. It provides supports to senior non-profit management individuals who wish to pursue professional leadership development with a recognized institution.

The fund is designed specifically for leaders who work for a charitable organization and who have made notable contributions to the sector. It provides individuals an opportunity to develop and refine their leadership capacity by participating in a recognized leadership program with a clear training curriculum. Examples of programs would be those offered at the Banff Centre and the Rockwood Leadership Institute.

Eligibility +

Applicants to the program must work in one of Metcalf’s three program areas:

  • Environment – The applicant and their organization’s work must have a focus on building a low-carbon, resource efficient, and resilient Canada.
  • Performing Arts – The applicant’s organization must be a professional theatre, dance, music, or opera company working in the City of Toronto to leverage opportunities for new approaches and shared learning in the performing arts.
  • Inclusive Local Economies – The applicant’s organization must be based in the City of Toronto and be working to increase the economic livelihoods of low-income people in Toronto.

This fund has been designed for individuals who work for a charitable organization in a leadership position with decision-making authority, and who have made notable contributions to the non-profit sector.

Applications must be submitted by the charitable organization that employs the leader. The organization must have a current, valid charitable registration from the Canada Revenue Agency.

Deadlines +

For 2017 awards, applications for the Individual Leadership Fund will be accepted on or before:

2:00pm, May 29, 2017
2:00pm, November 13, 2017 

Application Guidelines +

Click here to view the full application guidelines.

FAQs +

  • What is the first step to obtaining support from the Foundation?

    Please review all the information on the website and download and read the relevant application guidelines. While Leading & Learning is a Foundation-wide initiative, individuals and organizations are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate Program Director (Performing Arts, Inclusive Local Economies, or Environment) to discuss their ideas in advance of submitting an application.

  • Does my work fit in one of Metcalf’s three program areas?

    To be eligible to apply to the Foundation’s Leading & Learning program, applicants must work in one of Metcalf’s three program areas. There must be a clear connection between an applicant’s work and Metcalf program goals and areas of focus. For example, Metcalf’s Environment Program is currently focused on advancing low-carbon solutions in Canada. Applications associated with this program area must have a low-carbon focus.

  • Can current Metcalf Foundation grantees apply to the Leading & Learning program?

    Yes, as long as the proposed activity does not duplicate existing work funded by the Foundation. Please consult with the appropriate Program Director to determine eligibility if any member of the network is a current grantee.

  • What is the maximum/minimum size of a grant under the Individual Leadership Fund Program?

    For the Individual Leadership Fund, applicants can apply for grants up to $10,000. Please see the relevant application guidelines for additional information regarding eligible costs and budget requirements.

  • Would Foundation staff be willing to review my proposal in advance of the deadline?

    Foundation staff are happy to discuss potential proposals, but they do not read full drafts of proposals prior to their submission.

  • Can you suggest recognized training institutions?

    Banff Centre, Rockwood Leadership Institute, Hollyhock Lifelong Learning Centre, Vantage Point. Additional institutions will be added on an ongoing basis.

  • How are Leading & Learning program applications assessed?

    Applications are reviewed by the Foundation’s Board and staff, and assessed according to an established set of funding criteria. Please see the relevant application guidelines for additional information regarding assessment criteria.

  • How does the Foundation make funding decisions?

    Funding decisions are made by the Foundation’s Board of Directors and decisions are final.

  • How long will it take to receive a decision about my application?

    Application deadlines along with a timeline for when you can expect to hear back from the Foundation are detailed in the program guidelines.

The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation
38 Madison Avenue, Toronto, ON  M5R 2S1