Funding: Literacy and Essential Skills – Overview

1. Overview

Funding channels

Most requests for funding, by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES), are through Call for Concepts (CFCs) and Call for Proposals (CFPs). However, we may periodically solicit proposals outside a Call process and occasionally accept unsolicited proposals.

Call for concept papers and call for proposals

Eligible organizations and their partners are invited to submit concept papers and proposals that address specific criteria and priorities. It is important to note that a variety of factors can affect the number and timing of CFCs and CFPs.

Solicited submissions

Occasionally, we solicit proposals outside the CFC process in order to take on a very targeted project to address a gap in a priority area. This gives us the flexibility to develop more complex projects to increase expertise in particular areas based on specific knowledge gaps and needs. To invest funds in an effective and timely manner, we work directly with organizations that have particular expertise and a track-record of success in the area identified.

Unsolicited submissions

Occasionally, we accept unsolicited submissions that address a labour market issue linked to a literacy and essential skills problem, need or gap. Only projects that are national in scope are considered.

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