CAP: Business Analysis: Leadership for Organizations and Collaborations

Purpose of Project Category:

Projects will focus on board and staff one-time training or professional coaching/mentorship activities for an Ontario organization or collaboration in a high growth and/or emerging market, which is currently lacking organizational and leadership capacity.

Projects will also focus on supporting new administrative or professional executive director/general manager staff to assist a newly established (within the last three years) Ontario organization or collaboration that operates under the direction of a voluntary board and without paid staff to increase their organizational capacity to strategically move their sector forward, maximize growth opportunities and ensure long-term sustainability for the organization or collaboration.

Target Audience – Who should apply?

Ontario organizations or collaborations that:

  • are in sectors and value chains with growth potential that is significantly above industry average or related to a newly emerging opportunity
  • lack organizational and leadership capacity at the board and staff level
  • are newly established (within the last three years)
  • are currently operating under the direction of a voluntary board and without paid staff
  • are seeking new administrative staff or new professional executive director/general manager staff support (with flexibility for alternative considerations in specific circumstances such as vacancies that have existed for more than one year) to increase their capacity in order help their sector strategically move forward, maximize growth opportunities and ensure sustainability.

Eligible Projects

Projects aimed at improving organizational and leadership capacity with each organization or collaboration to determine their individual needs based on four eligible types of activities (if funding is requested for activities 1, 2 or 3, funding cannot be requested for activity 4 in the same application):

  1. Develop and implement delivery of specific one-time training on leadership skills or board governance related topics, and/or,
  2. Support to undertake professional coaching or mentorship activity focused on the board and staff, and/or,
  3. Support for new administrative staff to help the organization move to a more sustainable model, or,
  4. Support for new professional executive director/general manager staff to help with structuring board governance, processes and mechanisms to increase the organizational capacity and build sustainable operating model

Examples of projects

  • Project to deliver one-time board training related to governance, accountability or parliamentary procedure
  • Project to develop a plan to improve capacity of an organization to enable growth of the organization’s sector
  • Project to support the hiring of a new administrative staff person to implement and manage a membership fee system to support the long-term sustainability of the organization
  • Project to support an organization with hiring costs for a new general manager to increase the capacity of the organization by building a sustainable operating model, which will enable specific growth for the organization’s sector

Project Category Priorities

  • Applicants with few resources but high growth potential within their sector that may not have the resources to match a high percentage cost-share, but may have opportunities to advance projects through in-kind investments
  • Projects supporting newly established and smaller organizations with demonstrated opportunities to achieve sector growth through implementation of the project
  • Applicants that can demonstrate through data, statistics or other analysis that they have a high growth (e.g., growth that is significantly above industry average) or newly emerging market opportunity to address
  • Projects related to hiring new staff must demonstrate long term sustainability for the position

Funding Available

  • Under this Project Category, cost-share funding is based on the demonstrated need of each applicant for their specific project, with a sliding scale for each activity as noted below
  • Innovation funding is not applicable for this project category, and the Innovation Rating Criteria will not form part of the project evaluation
  • Recommended cost-share up to $100,000 per project
  • Cost-share is designed to help new, developing groups, as follows:
  1. Develop and implement one-time training on leadership skills or board governance —sliding cost-share scale from 15 per cent up to 50 per cent; and/or,
  2. Support for professional coaching or mentorship activities —sliding cost-share scale up to 75 per cent; and/or,
  3. Support for new administrative staff—sliding cost-share scale from 15 per cent up to 75 per cent; or,
  4.  Support for new professional executive director/general manager staff —sliding cost-share scale from 15 per cent up to 75 per cent.

Project Length

  • Projects approved from December 2018 onwards, to finish by December 1, 2020
  • Where strong rationale is provided, to support critical components of projects approved from December 2018 onwards, project end dates may be extended to December 1, 2021 and final claims, final reports and project results surveys must be submitted to AAC no later than January 3, 2022

Eligible Costs

  • Costs directly related to the activities noted below that are also consistent with Section F
  • Consulting cost to hire specialized leadership
  • Per diem costs provided by a third party, where the costs are specific and relative to the execution of the project
  • Training and salary costs
  • Hiring costs related to promotions and advertising
  • Communications costs (e.g., computers/laptops, cell phones, etc.) relevant to the execution of the project

Eligible Activities

  • Activities that are consistent with Section H

Ineligible Costs

  • See a list of general ineligible costs in Section G
  • Costs for administrative overhead (including office space)
  • Costs for Commissions or sales benefits

Ineligible Activities

  • See a list of general ineligible activities in Section H
  • Leadership skills development and improving organizational and leadership capacity for national organizations