The OCASI Support Fund: Members Supporting Members

Organization name: 
OCASI - Ontario Council for Agencies Serving Immigrants
Deadline date: 
Tuesday, September 6, 2022 - 9:45am
Deadline: 
Fixed date
RFP status: 
Active

The OCASI Support Fund:
Members Supporting Members
OCASI is pleased to announce the return of the Members Support Fund for a second year.

The OCASI Support Fund is a $50,000 member-driven grant that will provide funds of up to $5,000 to small OCASI member agencies to increase organizational capacity. For the purpose of the OCASI Members Fund, "smaller agencies" is defined as agencies with yearly budgets below $350,000.

We have exciting news to share: This year, the Support Fund will include access to one (1) OCASI Client Management System (OCMS) free license for up to five (5) years and will include access to a maximum of five users.

About OCMS
OCMS is a cloud-based system that gives agencies control of their data. We invite you to take advantage of the key features of our service:
  • Detailed real-time reports on individual and group activities that can be easily exported in a variety of formats for direct submission to iCARE or for further analysis.
  • Online videos including professional care by our support staff that included monthly Q & A webinars. 
  • Everything is on-line, no need to download or install any program.
Agencies will need to apply separately for the OCMS free license (See application link below)

For more information on the OCMS platform please contact Elena Trapeznikova at ocmssupport@ocasi.org

 
Eligibility Criteria
Open to any OCASI Member agency that:
  • Is an agency in good standing
  • Has been in operation in Ontario for at least two years
  • Has a yearly budget below $350,000
  • Has financial statements approved by the Board
  • Demonstrate a financial need for accessing this fund.
  • Address a need not already funded by external sources
  • Has not been the recipient of the membership fund for the past year.

Please note: The awarded agency of the OCMS free license will need to confirm that their annual funding budget is under 350K every year. If funding increases to more than 350K a year, the agency will lose the option to use the system at no charge and will need to pay OCMS regular fees or lose access. 
 
Examples of eligible one-time expenses include:

  • Costs to attend capacity building group training programs (agencies not eligible for OCASI Professional Education & Training Program, PET).
  • One-on-one services and supports created for or tailored to the specific needs of the agency. (e.g., hiring of consultants, auditors, etc.).
  • Furniture or equipment to support adjustments in delivery of ongoing services, meeting additional demand and costs for supporting new or adapted communication and outreach (e.g., technology/software/virtual platforms, equipment for remote working arrangements, new server, laptops, dedicated headsets, etc.)
  • Additional costs related to managing increased pressures associated with the delivery of ongoing services, or to meet additional demand

This fund will NOT support:

  • Ongoing operating costs like rent, staffing, mandatory employment-related cost, employee benefits. etc.
  • Request to fund previously/currently offered program or project
  • Activities completed or costs incurred prior to the approval of the OCASI Support Fund application

Click here to apply for Funds : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WB6L35S

Click here to apply for the OCMS license : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QYL8S28

Deadline:
 
Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Organizations that were successful in accessing the funds in 2021-22 are not eligible to apply for 2022-23.
 
What you need to know before you apply:
  • Qualifying agencies can apply for both the OCMS license and the funds, but will only be granted one or the other.
  • Funding allocation for the 2022-2023 funding year has been set at $50,000. Eligible organizations can apply for up to $5,000.
  • Agencies will be required to attach to their application form, a financial statement for one (1) year, the list of current serving board members and a signed board acknowledgment form. 
  • An email acknowledging receipt of the application will be sent to all applicants.
  • No extensions will be granted. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered by OCASI.
  • Eligible member agencies can apply for up to $5,000. Limited to one (1) application per agency.
  • Member agencies cannot receive funding in consecutive years (i.e. member agencies cannot be funded two-years in a row)
  • Applicants must submit proposals via the Application Form online. If this method poses any issues or challenges, agencies must notify OCASI as soon as possible.
  • Submit early: It is strongly recommended that you submit your application early.

Review & Decisions
The OCASI Fund Review Panel, comprised of OCASI board directors and member agencies, will review applications and will make funding decisions.
 
Allocation of Funds:
Once the funding decisions have been made, OCASI will notify all applicant agencies of the results and arrangements will be made with successful applicants.
 
To obtain additional information about this funding opportunity, please contact Marta Orellana at morellana@ocasi.org