Are you a language advocate?

Do you have an aptitude for advocacy? Are you passionate and informed about language rights? Do you enjoy educating others about the causes you support? Do you have any ideas about advocacy kits that might create an impact at the municipal, provincial or even federal level?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are might be interested to apply for the MCIS Language Impact grant ($25,000)!  We are inviting Individuals, non-profit/ grassroots organizations and social enterprises to send us innovative and unique proposals for the development of a LANGUAGE ADVOCACY KIT as a tool for both newcomers to advocate on behalf of their communities and decision makers and influencers to advocate within their organizations. The kit should help to influence policy change around language rights and help those interested in improving language accessibility to understand how to create an effective advocacy campaign.

The entries should be submitted between September 1st and October 1st, 2017

How to Apply

The MCIS Language Impact Challenge is a grant intended to address gaps in funding for language advocacy in Ontario. This grant seeks to support innovative proposals that incorporate creative and unique ways through which people of diverse backgrounds can be engaged to advocate for language rights.

It should include at a minimum:

  • – Information about newcomer communities and challenges and barriers to language they face;
  • – General, compelling information about language rights and the importance of overcoming language barriers to improve access to critical information and services;
  • –  Useful information on various methods of advocacy for (language) rights, when to use each, and how to voice concerns most effectively;
  • –  Making a business case for risks associated with not providing access to services in languages of choice;
  • –  A language access plan template to assist organizations that wish to implement such;
  • – A comprehensive outreach plan for making the toolkit available to communities and key decision makers across Ontario. (details here).
Language Impact Grant FINAL


MCIS will shortlist the entries to 3 finalists, and a panel of judges will select a winner who will be announced at our Annual General Meeting on October 18th, 2017.

Judging Panel:

MCIS’ Board and Committee Members: Monica Franklin (Board Member), Thera Medcof (Board Member), Pawel Kosicki (Nomination & Governance Committee Member)

MCIS’ Staff: Eliana Trinaistic (Social Impact Manager), Veronica Costea (Translation Department Manager)


Selection Process

A team of MCIS stakeholders will form the selection committee, with the top 3 projects selected as finalists.

The selection committee will evaluate each application based on the following criteria:

  • LANGUAGE ADVOCACY IMPACTHow will the proposed project improve understanding of language as a medium to improve access to critical information and services?

COMMUNITY IMPACTHow will the project improve the lives of local newcomers?

INNOVATIONDoes the project tackle the issue of language advocacy in a new and creative way?

APPLICABILITY: How/whether the proposed toolkit can be a model and applied to other communities and in other circumstances that what the proposers may be envisaging. Can this proposal serve as a model for other communities? A comprehensive outreach plan for making the toolkit available to communities across Canada will need to be included with the proposal.

FEASIBILITYIs the proposal well developed with a solid plan for execution.

Please email us if you have any further questions or comments regarding this granting process.

Thank you!