Education Partnerships Program

This proposal-based program is designed to advance First Nations student achievement in First Nations and provincial and territorial schools.

The call for proposals for 2020-2021 is now open. Proposals will be accepted until Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

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About the program

The Education Partnerships Program (EPP) aims to advance First Nations elementary and secondary student achievement in First Nation, provincial and territorial schools. It:

It has 3 distinct components:

  1. Partnership: This component supports establishing and advancing partnership arrangements that:
    • share expertise and resources
    • assist in the development of practical working relationships between First Nations and provincial or territorial officials and educators, to ensure supports are in place for all First Nation students
    • open the way to better coordination and transitions between First Nations and provincial or territorial systems
    • require mutual accountability by all parties to support the success of First Nation students

The result will be concrete benefits for the students, teachers and administrators involved, which should lead to improved educational outcomes for First Nation students.

  1. Structural Readiness: This component supports capacity and governance development through activities that build the capacity of First Nation organizations to:
    • strengthen their organization
    • cover start-up costs for First Nations school models
    • support the conclusion of service delivery agreements with partners such as provincial or territorial schools and school boards, as well as other organizations, to ensure the education system is responsive to First Nations community needs and student outcomes.
  2. Regional Education Agreement: This component is an element of the new policy framework. It has earmarked $14 million per year, starting in 2018-2019 and continuing until 2022-2023, to support First Nations in developing regional education agreements that respond to the education goals and priorities set by First Nations. This new component will provide support for:
    • delivering information sessions
    • establishing regional technical tables
    • developing regional education agreements

The Regional Education Agreement component is not, however, part of the current EPP call for proposals. Information on how to apply for support under this component will be available in spring 2020 on this website when the 2020-2021 Regional Education Agreement Component National Program Guidelines are posted. They will, include details on the application process, eligibility criteria and guidelines. Until then, for more information about opportunities to participate in information sessions, technical tables or other activities supporting regional implementation of the new policy framework, please contact your ISC regional office.

While the Partnership and the Structural Readiness components of EPP use the same proposal template, each component has different eligibility criteria and guidelines. You can apply for the Structural Readiness component without having a tripartite agreement.

Partnership

Partnership proposals must address one or more of the following priority areas:

Structural Readiness

Structural readiness proposals must address one or more of the following priority areas:

Consult the 2020-2021 Partnership Establishment and Partnership Advancement components guidelines, or the 2020-2021 Structural Readiness component guidelines for more details.

Who can apply?

Applicants may only submit a one-year proposal for 2020-2021, using the 2020-2021 Data Collection Instrument found through the ISC Services Portal. If you do not have access to the Portal, or want to submit your application using a compatible format, contact your regional office.

Partnership

Recipients who may be eligible to receive funding through the Partnership Establishment and Partnership Advancement component of the EPP are:

  • First Nations organizations, such as education authorities, tribal councils, or political organization mandated by a group of First Nations

Eligible regional First Nations organizations must:

  • have support from First Nations communities or schools
  • undertake, as a key function, elementary and secondary education support for groups of First Nations communities or schools
  • agree to produce publicly available annual reports on education partnership projects and expenditures

Structural Readiness

First Nation organizations include:

  • band councils
  • organizations designated by a band council
  • First Nation regional management organizations who currently undertake, as a key function, elementary and secondary support for a defined group of band-operated schools

Organizations designated by a band council and First Nations regional management organizations must:

  • have support from First Nations communities or schools
  • undertake (as a key function) elementary and secondary education support for groups of First Nations communities or schools
  • agree to produce publicly available annual reports on structural readiness projects and expenditures

Entities such as bands, or First Nation organizations, that are delivering education services under a self-government agreement are not eligible to apply to the Structural Readiness component.

Organizations do not need to have a tripartite agreement to apply for the Structural Readiness component of the EPP.

Deadline

The deadline to submit a proposal is Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

How to apply

For the purpose of this call for proposals, the existing terms and conditions apply.

Submit your proposal using the 2020-21 Data Collection Instrument available through the ISC Services Portal, or by supplying the same information using a compatible format, such as Microsoft Word or Excel. The Data Collection Instrument form shows what information is required as part of a proposal. If you want to prepare your proposal using a compatible format, include all the elements described in the guidance template. If you do not have access to the portal, contact your regional office for the template.

More details on the application process, eligible activities, eligible recipients and the monitoring process can be found in:

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Education by provincial governments

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