CAP: Business Analysis: Leadership for Organizations and Collaborations

Purpose of Project Category:

Projects will focus on assisting new, developing, and voluntary boards to increase their organizational capacity to strategically move their sector forward and maximize growth opportunities. This project category is focused on leadership skills development for Ontario organizations in high growth and/or emerging markets but which currently lack organizational and leadership capacity. 

Target Audience – Who should apply?

Organizations and/or collaborations in sectors with significant growth potential and along the value chain; New, developing (with little to no experience) and/or voluntary boards seeking support to move forward (increase their capacity) in order help their sector strategically move forward and maximize its growth opportunity

Eligible Projects

Projects aimed at improving organizational and leadership capacity, with each organization to determine their individual needs based on four eligible types of activities:

  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 develop a plan to improve capacity of organization to enable growth of the organization’s sector
  • Project to support organization with hiring costs for new position to increase capacity of organization to enable growth of the organization’s sector

Project Category Priorities

  • Applicant organization groups with few resources but high growth potential within their sector, where these groups 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 new positions, but with flexibility for alternative considerations in specific circumstances (i.e. vacant for over a year or other situations)
  • Preference will be given for those projects focused on professional coaching/mentoring
  • Projects supporting sectors with significant growth potential, with emphasis on new and developing sectors and smaller organizations with demonstrated opportunities to achieve sector growth through implementation of the project
  • Projects from organizations or collaborations with specific needs relative to governance and leadership
  • Multi-year projects that can demonstrate long term sustainability will be viewed more positively

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