Excerpt from the CCA’s Co-operative News Briefs, August 27, 2009
The Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI) has received 193 applications for project funding in its first call forsubmissions under CDI’s Innovative Co-operative Projects component.
The deadline for submissions for the first round offunding was July 31.
"We are extremely pleased with the response," said CDI Program Manager Stéphane Audet. "The proposals come from all parts of the co-op sector, from all regions of the country and from both official language groups."
Mr. Audet said applicants will be notified in October as to whether their funding proposals were successful. The second call for submissions – for projects starting on April 1, 2010, will be launched this fall with a deadline of November 30.
Meanwhile, CDI has completed the hiring of its staff team. In addition to Mr. Audet, the CDI team consists of Co-op Development Officers Mark Goldblatt (formerly Co-op DevelopmentManager for the Canadian Co-operative Association), Stéphanie Guico, Andréa Renaud and Marshall Gallardo (formerly a project officer with the previous Ag-CDI program) as well as Administrative Assistant Esther Ouellet. CDI is jointly administered by CCA and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM) with funding from the federal government.