Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Bay of Fundy Communities Take Note! Got an idea for an innovative Co-operative development for your community?

If you have a great idea for an innovative Co-operative project in your community or, perhaps, between Quoddy communities, you should consider this substantial funding source.


Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI)
Call for proposals: “Innovative Co-operative Projects
The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil Canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM) are very pleased to announce the renewal of a 4 year partnership agreement, the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI), with the federal government’s Co-operatives Secretariat.  One major part of the CDI is the “Innovative Co-operative Projects” component. Through a selection process, we will support individuals or communities as they test new ways of using the co‑operative model, including creating co‑operatives to respond to identified needs.
The deadline for proposals will be July 31, 2009 and an application form and full details will soon be posted on the CCA and CCCM websites. We can already provide you with some information:
  • The project proposal can be for one or up to 4 years funding but each year of funding must be spent by March 31st  of the year in  question. For 2009-2010, because of the July 31st deadline date for proposals, we estimate you will have only 6-7 months in which to complete your project.
  • The maximum amount will be $75,000 per year per project.
  • The major policy priorities are:
    • Agriculture including farmer-driven projects for value added agriculture and biofuels
    • Rural/northern community development
    • Innovative goods and services, including innovative uses of technology
    • Capacity building and sustainability
Please check the CCA  ( and CCCM ( websites later this month for full details and the application form or contact: John Anderson at or Dominique Guénette at
Philippe Dumont
Gestionnaire IDC/CDI Manager
275. rue Bank, 4ème étage
Ottawa ON K2P 2L6
Tél.: 613.789.5492poste21
Téléc.: 613.789.0743

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