Spring 2018 Leading and Learning Grants Awarded

Metcalf is pleased to announce that three initiatives were awarded grants from our Leading and Learning granting program.

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation in partnership with Équiterre and Regeneration Canada received a Network Learning Fund grant for $12,000. In the Fall of 2018, representatives from the three organizations will travel to California to study carbon sequestration on agricultural lands. The Golden State is a leader in this field, due to the efforts of coalitions of scientists, environmental organizations, and farmers who have come together to use applied research to develop and disseminate farm plans for carbon sequestration. They plan to meet with key leaders and organizations as well as state officials and policy makers in the hopes of ultimately establishing a similar coalition in Canada.

Both Wendy Cooper and Emily Van Halem were awarded Individual Leadership Fund grants. Wendy Cooper, Senior Solutions Advisor at Tides Canada, received $5,000 to participate in RSF Social Finance’s Integrated Capital Institute. During the nine-month program, Wendy will have an opportunity to look beyond philanthropy and traditional fundraising to better understand how various forms of financing and investment can be mobilized to achieve social and environmental outcomes. Emily Van Halem, Knowledge Exchange Senior Manager of Community Food Centres Canada, received a grant of $7,600. She will use it to attend two separate initiatives: Hollyhock’s 5-day Art of Leadership program and Training for Change’s 3-day Creative Workshop Design. These two professional development programs will allow Emily to develop her capacity as an educator and leader in CFCC’s national network.

Metcalf’s Leading and Learning Program contains two funding streams: the Network Learning Fund and the Individual Leadership Fund. Applicants to either stream must work in one of Metcalf’s three program areas, the Performing Arts, Inclusive Local Economies, or Environment and be connected to a charitable organization.

The Network Learning Fund provides support to a group of organizations that would like to explore a shared concern, challenge, or area of common interest. 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, strengthen sector relationships, and create informal communities of peers who are motivated to pursue collaborative work.

The Individual Leadership Fund is designed for senior non-profit management individuals who wish to pursue professional leadership development by participating in a recognized leadership program with a clear training curriculum. Past participants have taken courses offered at places like the Banff Centre and the Rockwood Leadership Institute.

The next deadline to apply to both funds is November 6, 2018. More details and application information can be found here.