- To increase the capacity of private sponsors to successfully participate in the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program by filling gaps in existing pre- and post-arrival supports for sponsors and in refugee awareness of the supports and services available to them.
- Sponsor capacity building projects seek to meet the needs of the sponsors and associated stakeholders who work to resettle privately sponsored refugees and blended-visa office referred refugees. Projects must be informed by a clear understanding of the needs of both the immediate stakeholder (individual sponsors, SAHs, G5s, and Constituent Groups) and the ultimate client, the refugee.
- IRCC has identified the following priority areas and will prioritize projects that address these specific needs:
- Mentorship and knowledge exchange platforms for sponsors, including Groups of Five;
- Rural and remote sponsorship community outreach and training;
- Strengthened Service Provider Organization (SPO)/sponsor connections and coordination;
- Promotion and development of resources related to the private sponsorship of refugees program developed and delivered in partnership with Francophone Minority Communities; and
- Research projects that can be leveraged to improve the support, training and outreach provided to sponsors and/or refugees (e.g. different learning styles, etc).
- Applicants may submit proposals that address one or more of the stated priority areas. Applicants may also submit proposals that do not address any of the priority areas.
- The total available funding for all projects under this initiative is $3M spread across two years.
- Funding for recommended projects will be available for a duration of up to two (2) years, ending no later than March 31, 2023.
- Sponsors understand their roles and responsibilities and are equipped with tools to support refugee newcomers to successfully settle and integrate.
- Refugees are aware of the supports available to them and have the tools to live independently in Canadian society.
- Organizations that deliver sponsor supports are coordinated in their development and delivery of training, resources and tools.
- Project relevance
- Activities are linked to expected/identified outcomes and are relevant to the successful completion of the project.
- Project outcomes are measurable and there are plans to achieve them.
- Project outcomes align with the outcomes identified for this funding.
- Project demonstrates the sustainability of impact beyond the funding period.
- Potential for success
- Project clearly outlines how target clients (i.e. refugees, sponsors) will be engaged in development.
- Strategy to engage target clients for delivery of services is sufficient and appropriate, if applicable.
- Applicant has the capacity, experience, contextual knowledge and appropriate partners (if applicable) to carry out the project.
- Project timelines are reasonable and achievable.
- There are feasible project goal(s) with clear link(s) to one or more of the priority areas.
- The need for the project is clear and supported by evidence.
- Project cost-effectiveness
- Proposed budget is balanced. All costs as well as revenues related to the project have been itemized and explained.
- Project costs are in line with average costs for similar activities. The applicant demonstrates proper and responsible use of funds related to both administration and program delivery.
- Project demonstrates value for money.
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