Language Advocacy

This grant was for those who had an aptitude for advocacy, those passionate and informed about language rights, and those who enjoy educating others about the causes they support. We welcomed ideas about advocacy kits that may create an impact at the municipal, provincial or even federal level.

We invited 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 will help influence policy change around language rights and help those interested in improving language accessibility to understand how to create an effective advocacy campaign.

Winner will be announced soon!


MCIS will shortlist the entries to 3 finalists, and a panel of judges will select a winner.

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!