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Call for Proposals: Demonstration Project to Improve Social Inclusion Outcomes of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Clients

Summary: 
The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD), CMHA-BC Division, Inclusion BC and SPARC BC are working with the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation to facilitate the development of community based demonstration projects.
 
The Disability Without Poverty network (DWP) formed in 2011 to work towards seeing the implementation of positive initiatives for British Columbians with disabilities. DWP is comprised of the following five organizations:
  • BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD)
  • Canadian Mental Health Association-BC Division (CMHA BC)
  • Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)
  • Inclusion BC
  • Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC)
The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD), CMHA-BC Division, Inclusion BC and SPARC BC are working with the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation to facilitate the development of community based demonstration projects that result in improved social inclusion outcomes for people with disabilities who have the Ministry’s Persons with Disabilities (PWD) designation and are in receipt of disability assistance (PWD recipients).
 
This Call for Proposals is an invitation for BC-based community organizations to apply for funding for projects that result in the increased participation and social inclusion of PWD recipients. We encourage you to share this Call with other organizations in your networks who may be interested in applying.
 
 
Key Outcomes
 
The following are some of the key outcomes for PWD recipients to be achieved through this program and the projects it funds.
 
Short Term Outcomes
• Increased participation in organized community activities
• Increased participation in employment opportunities and increased earnings
• Increased levels of community involvement when employment is not feasible
• Increased participation in social groups and/or volunteering
• Access to new opportunities and new skills
• Strengthened individual personal supports and social networks
 
Longer Term Outcomes
• Improved social and economic outcomes
• Improved health and sense of well-being from increased inclusion and participation
• Increased access to earning and opportunities for participation
• Increase in the number of PWD recipients benefitting from program changes
introduced by the Ministry in 2012 relating to earnings exemptions
• Increased asset accumulation

Important Note About the Application

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Proposed Strategies and Actions
 
Proposals submitted must identify the types of strategies and activities to be implemented including:
 
• The types of inputs (resources, dollars, time, staffing)
• The types of strategies and actions proposed
• The types of outputs (number of individuals assisted)
• The types of outcomes expected (short-term)
• The types of outcomes expected (longer-term)
 
Potential Measures and Indicators
 
Proposals must identify different possible measures of success and include potential measures and indicators (outputs and outcomes) that tell us if your initiative succeeded in terms of achieving the types of outcomes envisioned, including:
 
• Increasing participation in organized community activities
• Increasing participation in employment opportunities and earnings
• Increasing participation in social groups and/or volunteering opportunities
• Access to new opportunities and new skills
• Strengthening individual personal supports and social networks
• Increasing levels of community involvement when employment is not feasible
• Contributing to improved social and economic outcomes for PWD recipients
• Contributing to an improved sense of health and well-being
• Increasing access to earning and opportunities for participation
• Increase in the number of PWD recipients benefitting from program changes introduced by the Ministry in 2012 relating to earnings exemptions
 
Eligible projects
 
• Projects must have tangible, measurable outputs and outcomes for PWD recipients.
• Convening or start-up projects are eligible, but must include reportable, measurable outcomes.
 
Ineligible projects
 
• Projects such as research studies or policy briefs that do not provide direct services to PWD recipients.
• Projects that provide funds directly to PWD recipients.
 
Eligibility: Who Can Apply?
 
BC-based not-for-profit organizations that operate primarily for community benefit and whose services are open to the public and not restricted to the organization’s membership. The organization does not have to be a registered charity, but must have a democratically elected volunteer Board chosen from its membership.
 
Can Organizations Partner on the Project?
 
Partnerships are encouraged; however, only one organization may apply for funding for each project. The applicant will be considered the project’s lead organization and responsible for the project’s deliverables. A signed letter of collaboration is required from the secondary partner, explaining their role in the project and contribution to the partnership. This letter must be submitted along with the completed application.
 
How Much Can Applicants Apply for?
 
$5,000 - $50,000 per project.
 
What Project Costs are Eligible for Funding?
 
Allowable Costs:
- Direct project operating and service delivery costs only. For example: salaries, contract fees, meeting and travel costs, printing costs.
 
Ineligible Costs:
- Project administration fees
- Shared costs, including rent, office supplies
- Professional membership fees
- Capital costs
- Any costs not directly related to the project
 
What Is the Timeline of the Projects?
 
Project applications are due on October 25, 2013.
All funding will be dispersed by mid-December 2013.
 
Successful Proponents must report back to DWP by February 28th 2014 on the activities completed to date showing that substantial progress has been made. Reports will be in two parts: a brief narrative and a report back using the outcome logic model submitted with the application.
 
Projects must be completed no later than November 30th 2014. Final project reports are strongly recommended.
 
How Will Proposals be Evaluated?
 
Proposals will be evaluated by BCCPD, CMHA-BC, Inclusion BC, and SPARC BC based on the evaluation criteria and points contained in the application. Projects will be rated out of a maximum of 150 points. Projects will be funded in rank order up to the maximum amount of the funds available.