The 2019 to 2020 Employment Partnerships Program call for proposals is now open. If you need help with your application, contact the Employment Partnership Program team well before the application deadline.

Important dates

The Employment Partnerships Program (EPP) team is available to answer questions and provide guidance:

  • Monday, November 18 to Wednesday, December 18, 2019
  • Contact EPP

Application submission deadline:

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 4 pm

Note: Following the application deadline, applicants with incomplete applications will be notified and given a new date to provide missing information. Following that date, which will be provided via email, no changes will be made and applications will be evaluated based on the information that was submitted.

Overview

EPP provides funding to Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program agreement holders for Indigenous workforce development.

EPP project priorities are to:

  • provide direct training and employment supports
  • foster industry partnerships to expand the availability, accessibility, and quality of Indigenous employment opportunities
  • inform organizational priorities with labour market information to better meet skills needs and market demand

EPP complements other funding programs and is not intended to replace or duplicate other sources of financing that may be available.

Funding

EPP is funded federally through the Canada-Alberta Labour Market Development Agreement and the Canada-Alberta Workforce Development Agreement.

The maximum application funding amount for a single project is $100,000. The grant amount will be based on:

  • availability of funding
  • alignment to program priorities
  • ability of partners to make financial and/or in kind contributions

An in-kind contribution is a measurable, non-monetary contribution provided by the applicant or its partners that are considered necessary to the project.

The amount of funding requested must be supported by the project activities detailed in the application.

The grant stack funding maximum to a recipient from all funding sources and partners for the initiative or project is 100% of eligible costs.

Eligibility

EPP projects are assessed on how they contribute to one or more of the following priorities:

  • promote employment opportunities to Indigenous people
  • develop strategies to employ and retain Indigenous workers
  • labour market and workforce planning activities

Preference is given to projects that demonstrate partnerships with industry.

Examples of eligible project activities include:

  • direct training for soft skills, technical skills, trades, or general employability skills
  • strategic labour market planning to identify and prepare for current and future industry needs
  • activities to create, develop, and sustain industry partnerships to promote the attraction, hiring, training, and retention of Indigenous employees
  • job fairs and speed hiring events

Eligible applicants

The following Albertan organizations are eligible to apply:

  • Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program agreement holders

Applicants must also be:

  • corporate entities in good standing
  • entities in compliance with the terms and conditions of any previously received funds from Indigenous Relations

How to apply

Step 1. Complete the application package

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Complete the (EPP) grant application form (PDF, 1.3 MB) and include supporting documents and other pertinent information.

Budget

Applicants must outline all project expenses, both eligible and ineligible, in the application budget. Project expense reimbursement is subject to approval of the application, regardless of the general eligibility of the expense. Applicants must also outline all sources of project funding, including non-government sources and in-kind contributions.

The application budget should have enough detail that it can be assessed for eligibility and clearly linked to the project activities.

Eligible expenses can include:

  • direct training costs
  • training supplies and materials
  • venues for training or employment/industry or planning events
  • wages and benefits for dedicated project staff members
  • required travel expenses for project participants
  • project administration costs – must be clearly justified based on the project activities and scope
  • elder honoraria

Ineligible expenses include:

  • living allowances
  • curriculum development
  • ongoing operating costs of an Indigenous government, organization, or corporation, including rent for office space
  • capital costs associated with the acquisition, construction, development, or enhancement of buildings, equipment, and other tangible assets that will be of use or benefit for more than one financial year
  • consultant or board member honoraria, donations, or prize money
  • payments for services that would normally be provided without charge

Supporting documentation

In the application, you will find a list of potential supporting documents.

Relevant supporting documents can strengthen your application and provide more evidence of your organization’s readiness to manage a successful project. For example:

  • Detailed budgets and timelines can be provided if you find that the space provided in the application is insufficient for the level of detail you would like to provide.
  • Letters of support from partners can be especially useful if partners are making contributions in the form of general support, job guarantees, etc. that cannot be reflected in your budget.
  • Quotes from service providers can be included when you are procuring a service, such as training, and have more than one option for providers. This can demonstrate whether the cost is in line with this type of service and, if not, why the cost may be higher than other providers, such as more comprehensive services.

Step 2. Submit the application package

Your application can be submitted by fax or by email to initiate the review process.

Application process

Applications must be submitted before the project start date. Contact us for more information about what to expect for current processing times.

While activities for the project can begin immediately after the application is submitted, there is no guarantee that the project will be approved. If your project is not approved, no costs will be reimbursed.

Once an application is received, the following process is implemented:

  • a confirmation of receipt will be provided, normally within 3 business days
  • a first assessment of the application will be conducted to ensure that each submission contains the required information
  • complete applications will be evaluated based on the criteria below
  • applicant will be notified of final funding decision by letter from the Minister of Indigenous Relations

Application evaluation

Applications will be evaluated based on:

  • EPP alignment:
    • clear alignment of project outcomes and activities with EPP priorities
  • organizational capacity:
    • employment and training in organizational mandate and previously completed similar projects
    • clearly stated outcomes and steps taken to ensure success
  • project feasibility:
    • clear activities and timelines that contribute to stated outcomes
    • clear identification of need for project
    • partner support (community, employer, industry, etc.), preferably demonstrated through budgetary contributions, letters of support or both
    • detailed and complete budget that is clearly linked to project activities

Fund transfers

Approved projects will normally receive initial funding payment via direct deposit 6 to 8 weeks following receipt of your approval letter.

If your organization has not previously received funding from the Ministry of Indigenous Relations, or if your banking information has changed, you will need provide current direct deposit information at the time of application.

Your full payment schedule will be detailed in Appendix B of your grant agreement.

If you have any questions, contact your assigned grant manager.

Delayed projects

If the originally scheduled activities are delayed or are unable to proceed, contact your grant manager as soon as possible before the scheduled end date of your project.

Amendments to the original grant agreement can be requested in writing by the grant recipient. Amendment requests must include the requested change (usually end date) and the rationale for the change. All amendments are subject to approval, and amendments requested after the Agreement end date may not be considered.

Reporting

All projects need to be evaluated upon completion. Following project approval, you will receive the reporting templates as per the grant agreement.

EPP projects, at minimum, require the following deliverables:

  • financial statement
  • narrative report
  • participant report(s) – if applicable, at the end of each employment intervention

The Alberta government may, at any time, evaluate the project or initiative, or request an audit of the recipient's books, accounts, and records related to the project or initiative.

The final reporting due date and requirements will be listed in Appendix C of your grant agreement.

Contact

Connect with staff of the Employment Partnerships Program:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-2711
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-427-4019
Email: ir.employment@gov.ab.ca

Reception / Mail / Courier:

Alberta Indigenous Relations
19th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4G8