Deadline : 10 October 2019
Public Safety Canada is seeking applications for its Emergency Management Public Awareness Contribution Program to support a sustainable approach to strengthening emergency management and building resilient communities across the country, Public Safety Canada (PS) developed the Emergency Management Strategy for Canada (EM Strategy) in partnership with provincial and territorial governments.
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One of the main priorities under the EM Strategy is to improve the understanding of disaster risks in all sectors of society. As part of the broader strategy, funding has been made available under the PDCP to help Canadians understand the risks associated with natural disasters and what they can do to prepare for weather-related emergencies.
PS is looking for national partners with proven experience and knowledge in communicating with vulnerable populations to strengthen emergency readiness in Canada. By funding public awareness projects, PS will support Emergency Management stakeholders in reaching vulnerable, at-risk populations with critical emergency preparedness information that contributes to capacity building and education objectives at the national level.
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The objectives of the program are to:
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- Increase the awareness level of the risk vulnerable populations face relative to natural hazards in their region;
- Promote actions at the individual and community level to help reduce the impact of natural disasters and improve resiliency;
- Educate vulnerable populations about how to better prepare for natural disasters; and
- Encourage vulnerable communities to take preventative measures that are realistic for their circumstance.
Open Call Funding Stream
The Department is looking to increase the level of awareness and preparedness of Canadians most vulnerable to all-hazards. As such, the mandatory priorities of this targeted solicitation are projects that:
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- Include the development and national distribution of public awareness products tailored to the specific needs, risks, and barriers of vulnerable populations;
- Incorporate multiple methods of delivering public awareness products, such as through web products, social media, and printed materials (i.e., pamphlets);
- Establish a metrics mechanism, monitor the impact, and evaluate the effectiveness of tailored public awareness products;
- Target three or more of the following vulnerable groups of Canadians:
- Low-income Canadians;
- New Canadians; and
- Indigenous communities.
- To be eligible for funding, funding recipients must also have at least five years of experience working with at least three of the vulnerable groups listed above.
- The Emergency Management Public Awareness Contribution Program has an allotment of $5 million available to eligible recipients over five years and for multi-year projects under the communications/information exchange stream of the Policy Development Contribution Program (PDCP).
- Maximum funding shall not exceed $1 million per year per recipient for a maximum of five years. Total government funding for approved projects will not exceed 95%. Public Safety Canada’s contribution will be based on the total government funding received for the project. Applicants must demonstrate that they are able to provide at least 5% of the total project cost.
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- Funds may only be used for eligible expenditures that have been identified in a budget approved by the Department. Eligible expenditures will be those that are incurred by the Recipient, are reasonable, incremental, directly related to, and required to carry out the project activities.
- Eligible expenses include:
- Salaries and wages for permanent or temporary professional, clerical, technical and administrative services, including contributions to the Canada Employment Insurance Commission, the Canada Pension Plan, the Workers’ Compensation Board, the Provincial Pension Plan or other Employee Benefit Plans;
- Professional fees for subject matter experts;
- Program supplies and materials (less than $5000 per acquisition);
- Travel and living expenses related to the delivery of the project, including transportation rental fees;
- Honoraria, defined as time-limited remuneration for a volunteer service or participation in project delivery that is consistent with, and essential to the attainment of, the project’s objectives. This can include but is not limited to guest speakers and Elder honoraria.
- Honoraria cannot be provided as an incentive for participation in a project.
- Public awareness and educational activities consistent with the project’s objectives;
- Translation and simultaneous interpretation activities;
- Shipping charges, postage, licences, and other fees;
- Printing and distribution activities;
- Hospitality in Aboriginal contexts,
- National organizations, societies and associations which have voluntarily associated themselves for a not-for-profit purpose, and which have a mandate to represent their membership or community.
- Canadian universities and educational institutions.
- Aboriginal and non-status governments, organizations and communities.
- Not-for-profit organizations and associations serving the private sector.
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- Eligible applications will undergo a criteria-based assessment process to ensure that all project applications are assessed objectively against the same criteria, the modified PDCP Terms and Conditions, and the availability of funding.
- Initial review to verify that mandatory information has been provided, and basic eligibility criteria are met.
- Detailed review to assess the project against merit criteria.
- Review by a Selection Committee, made up of officials from Public Safety Canada responsible for emergency management.
Communication of Results
- Results of the open call process will be communicated to applicants by no later than December 30, 2019.
- Selected projects could start as early as January 2020.
How to Apply
Applicants can apply online via given website.
For more information, please visit https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/mrgnc-mngmnt/mrgnc-prprdnss/pblc-wrnss/pplcnt-gd-en.aspx
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