The Government of Alberta has launched the applications for its Alberta Immigrant Mentorship Innovation Grant Program to support the development of career mentorship opportunities for immigrants.
This grant funding provides career mentorship opportunities for new Albertans to support their full economic inclusion and grow the economy.
Apply to have your project funded under one or more of the 4 grant priorities:
- Support employers to provide mentorship opportunities that will enhance the labour market attachment of immigrants.
- Support the development and delivery of mentorship programming in small and rural communities that will attract and retain newcomers to support rural economic growth.
- Develop mentorship programming to meet the needs of under-served immigrant groups.
- Develop and deliver innovative mentorship programming to improve the economic integration of Alberta newcomers.
Expected project budgets range between $200,000 and $300,000.
Projects developed must provide mentorship for eligible mentees. Eligible mentees include:
- Immigrants living in Alberta who have some post-secondary education and/or related work experience in their field or chosen occupation. Eligible immigrants are naturalized Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons under the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act who are legally allowed to work in Canada.
- The project may also indirectly benefit employers, service providers and communities who gain an advantage as a result of the project intervention for mentees, but the main focus must be on providing mentorship to eligible immigrants.
- Outcomes for Mentees:
- increased knowledge of how their profession is practiced in Canada
- better awareness of workplace culture
- increased connections in their field of employment
- increased ability to present themselves and their skills and experience
- increased capacity to find employment in their field or chosen profession
- better understanding of soft skills needed to succeed
- increased mentorship available to under-served groups
- Outcomes for Mentors & Employers:
- increased awareness of immigrant talent pool in their field
- improved their cultural awareness and intercultural communication skills
- provided professional development to employees
- increased understanding of mentorship and how it can benefit the company
- Outcomes for Communities:
- enhanced capacity to facilitate mentorships to newcomers
- increased community confidence to deliver mentorships
- increased understanding of the value of immigrants and the skills they can bring to a community
- Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:
- immigrant-serving organizations
- professional regulatory organizations and professional associations
- non-profit organizations
- industry associations
- post-secondary institutions
- community organizations
- Applicants must:
- be a legal and registered entity in Alberta
- have the ability, including financial management, to implement a grant agreement
- demonstrate, or partner with an organization that demonstrates, relevant experience in related activities to those being proposed in the application
- For projects with partnerships, the principal applicant must be:
- an eligible applicant as listed above
- responsible for the fiscal management of the project
- the lead role in planning the project scope, timeline and outputs
- the lead in the project coordination
- accountable for all project deliverables and reporting requirements
For more information, visit https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-immigrant-mentorship-innovation-grant.aspx