Hong Kong – Proposals invited for “Residence Programme and Work Presentation@Suomenlinna”

Proposals invited for “Residence Programme and Work Presentation@Suomenlinna”

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     The Art Promotion Office (APO) under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the HIAP-Helsinki International Artist Programme jointly call for residence proposals for the “Residence Programme and Work Presentation@Suomenlinna” from today (August 5). One participant will be ultimately selected to undertake the residence programme and work presentation at Suomenlinna in Finland tentatively scheduled from April 15 to July 15 next year.

 

     Suomenlinna is a cluster of islands situated off the coast of Helsinki, the capital city of Finland. It was inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage List in 1991. The islands’ natural landscapes and well-preserved historical relics have enhanced Suomenlinna’s status as a cultural destination in Europe. It offers a rich resource of inspiration for creative activities with its stunning coastal scenery and rich historical and cultural ambience. The HIAP, co-organiser of this programme, is an art organisation in Suomenlinna. Founded in 1998, it has been organising art exhibitions and cultural events in the local community. It invites and supports artists from all over the world to take part in its residence programme on the islands, bringing together global and local creativity, and enabling artistic dialogue among multiple perspectives.

 

     The programme is now inviting creative residence proposals in visual art or cross-disciplinary media, offering Hong Kong artists and cross-disciplinary talents the chance to engage in creative activities, and conduct artistic exchanges in a locality very different from their own, so as to bring together unique ideas, and let viewers around the world see the appeal of Hong Kong art. Interested persons should submit a proposal from now until 8pm on September 18 (Sunday) to the Exchange and Extension Unit of the APO of the LCSD (Oil Street Art Space, 12 Oil Street, North Point, Hong Kong) by post or by hand. The APO will announce the result in November on the APO’s website.

 

     This programme is presented by the LCSD, co-organised by the APO and the HIAP. For details of the programme, please visit the website at www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/APO/en_US/web/apo/residence_suomenlinna.html, or call 2512 3018, 2512 3019 or 2512 3020.

Hong Kong – SIE Fund invites proposals for provision of intermediary services to design and administer innovative programmes

SIE Fund invites proposals for provision of intermediary services to design and administer innovative programmes

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     The Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) Task Force announced today (June 2) the invitation of proposals from interested parties to serve as the new batch of intermediaries to design and administer innovative programmes under the Fund.



     The SIE Fund has engaged intermediaries as strategic partners to design and deliver funding and incubation programmes to meet the needs of the social innovation space. Services of the batch of intermediaries engaged by the Fund in 2020 are due to expire and the Fund is planning to engage a new batch of intermediaries to further take forward the Fund’s work. Interested parties are invited to submit proposals for innovative programmes by 6pm on August 4. Multiple intermediaries will be engaged to nurture and incubate social innovators or ventures of different forms and at different stages of development with innovation, diversity and impact.



     An invitation brief setting out the scope of services, the eligibility and submission requirements, the assessment process and selection criteria, as well as key engagement terms are available for download at the SIE Fund website (www.sie.gov.hk/en/intermediaries/invitation2022.page). For further information and inquiries, please visit the SIE Fund website or contact the SIE Fund Task Force Secretariat at 2165 7261.



     The SIE Fund was inaugurated in 2013 and is overseen by the SIE Fund Task Force under the Commission on Poverty. By facilitating social innovation and cultivating social entrepreneurship, the SIE Fund aims to make an impact in alleviating poverty and social exclusion, promote social integration as well as enhance the well-being and cohesion of society. Two batches of intermediaries were engaged in 2015 and 2020 to design and deliver innovative programmes.

Canada – Call for proposals launched to improve the participation and social inclusion of persons with disabilities across Canada  

Canada’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic must leave no one behind, including the one in five Canadians who identify as having a disability. That is why the Government of Canada is working with partners from the disability community to address barriers to accessibility and inclusion, so that every Canadian can fully participate in all aspects of society.

March 28, 2022             Gatineau, Quebec             Employment and Social Development Canada

Canada’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic must leave no one behind, including the one in five Canadians who identify as having a disability.  That is why the Government of Canada is working with partners from the disability community to address barriers to accessibility and inclusion, so that every Canadian can fully participate in all aspects of society.

Today, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, launched a competitive call for proposals for national operating funding through the Social Development Partnership Program – Disability (SDPP-D) component.

National disability organizations can receive funding to increase the social inclusion of persons with disabilities in learning, work and community life.  Eligible organizations must build capacity in four key areas:

Governance and accountability
Effective leadership and operations
Developing and maintaining partnerships
Measurable impact

Funding provided through the SDPP-D aims to strengthen national disability organizations by supporting such things as: better strategic planning, enhanced recruitment and retention and improved analysis of policies, programs and services. 

This is the second competitive call for proposals for SDPP-D national operating funding, following the renewal of the program in 2017.  At that time, a new Performance and Accountability Framework was developed in collaboration with the disability community to help guide decisions on funding allocations under the component. The Framework addresses four main objectives identified by the disability community as important: fairness, transparency, predictability and accountability.

Not-for-profit organizations have until May 13, 2022 at 5:00 pm EST to apply by visiting: canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/social-development-national-operating-disabilities

“In the spirit of ‘Nothing Without Us’, we are continuing to invest in organizations across Canada who are working to make their communities more disability inclusive. By supporting those who are leading this work on the ground, we will continue to build the barrier-free country that all Canadians deserve.” 

–        Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough 

Jane Deeks

Director of Communications

Office of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough

jane.deeks@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Canada – Calls for proposals launched to create lasting impact and greater opportunities for persons with disabilities  

Building accessible and inclusive communities, where persons with disabilities have equal opportunities to thrive and succeed, will be an essential part of Canada’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why the Government of Canada is supporting community projects to provide greater access and opportunities for persons with disabilities.

February 4, 2022              Gatineau, Quebec              Employment and Social Development CanadaBuilding accessible and inclusive communities, where persons with disabilities have equal opportunities to thrive and succeed, will be an essential part of Canada’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why the Government of Canada is supporting community projects to provide greater access and opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Today, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough launched two calls for proposals totalling up to $5.6 million over two years through the Social Development Partnerships Program (SDPP), Disability component.

Funding will be provided through two distinct streams:

The National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) stream will provide up to $1.6M in grants over two years to support projects that will help to: improve Canadians understanding of accessibility and inclusion; reduce stigma and attitudinal barriers towards persons with disabilities; and, enable the sharing of best practices and lessons learned across the disability community. Special focus will be given to awareness-raising projects within under-represented communities, including official language minority communities, LGBTQ2+, Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) and other minority communities, including Black Canadians and other visible minority groups.

The Accessible Canada Partnerships stream will provide up to $4M in contributions over two years to support projects involving multi-sectoral partnerships that contribute to the development of accessible and inclusively designed environments, spaces, programs and services. The Government of Canada is providing funding in two phases to focus funding support for projects that have lasting impacts. Only projects that demonstrate the potential for reaching more persons, communities and settings, and have a plan for sustainability will progress to Phase 2.

In addition to these new calls for proposals, the Government is continuing to work on its first-ever Disability Inclusion Action Plan, which will include a new Canada Disability Benefit, improved processes for eligibility for Government disability programs and benefits, and a robust employment strategy for Canadians with disabilities. 

“Building a barrier-free Canada happens one project, one community at a time. That’s why our government is partnering with organizations who are leading this work on the ground. In the spirit of ‘Nothing Without Us,’ we’ll continue to create a more equal, inclusive country by supporting those who are advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities and taking concrete action to make our communities more accessible.”

– Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough

Jane Deeks

Director of Communications

Office of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough

jane.deeks@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca