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Community Initiatives

Partnerships Program

Metrolinx has two programs through which it offers support for projects related to transit and transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA): the Strategic Partnerships Program and the Community Partnerships Program.

The current round of applications will close on
October 18, 2013.

 

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Introduction

Metrolinx is bringing about a new era of integrated and improved transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Our regional transportation plan, The Big Move, sets out a vision to create a transportation system that supports a high quality of life, a thriving, sustainable environment, and a strong, prosperous and competitive economy.

Drawing on The Big Move, Metrolinx is now implementing the largest round of transit expansion in Canadian history. Over $16 billion in funding has been committed to a “first wave” of major transit projects, the benefits of which will be felt across the region. Yet, these projects are only the first step in addressing the GTHA’s transportation challenges: more is needed to address the relentless pressures of growth and congestion across the region.

In the spring of 2013, Metrolinx presented its Investment Strategy to the Government of Ontario and GTHA municipalities. Titled Investing in our Region, Investing in our Future, the report is a comprehensive document that contains 24 recommendations to advance and fund the “next wave” of transformative transit and transportation projects and initiatives needed in the region.

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Strategic Partnerships

Through the Metrolinx Strategic Partnerships program, we seek expressions of interest from potential partner organizations that are interested in initiating projects that fulfill our strategic objectives, promote education and awareness, and increase dialogue about issues relating to transit and transportation in the region.

Applications will be accepted twice per year in the fall and spring.

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Eligible Projects

Projects will be assessed with regard to their potential suitability and effectiveness at: advancing Metrolinx’s strategic priorities as set out in the Metrolinx Five Year Strategic Plan; supporting education, awareness, and dialogue about transit and transportation; and engaging new and diverse communities and voices in the conversation about transportation in the region (see “Focus for the Current Round” below for more detail).

Projects should include clear deliverables proposed within a set timeline and should be relevant to the entire GTHA. The sponsoring organization should have a broad and diverse membership drawn from across the region; preference will be given to projects with presence in, or project partners from, more than one region of the GTHA.

Metrolinx strongly prefers to contribute financially to initiatives that leverage other financial commitments, and will not enter into strategic partnerships intended to produce profit for the partner organization. Co-funders should be clearly identified, as well as a scalable plan to accommodate varying funding levels should other funding not be confirmed.

Resources are limited for the Strategic Partnerships Program and Metrolinx’s financial contribution to individual projects usually ranges from approximately $1,500 - $50,000, with the majority of projects receiving $10,000 or less.

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Focus for Current Round

Metrolinx is specifically interested in projects that:

A. Align with our five strategic priorities as set out in Metrolinx Five Year Strategic Plan:

  • Providing regional leadership to enhance mobility options, guided by The Big Move
  • Pursuing stable funding to support the integrated mobility improvements as outlined in The Big Move
  • Implementing priority regional transit infrastructure projects in The Big Move as world-class city-building projects
  • Customer service excellence
  • Ensuring Metrolinx remains a trusted organization with the capacity and flexibility to deliver The Big Move

B. Educate and build broad and deep awareness across the region about the importance of transportation and transit expansion.

We encourage applications that focus on public education, outreach, and dialogue initiatives that reflect the importance of transportation, transit expansion, investment and sustainability.

C. Engage new and diverse communities and voices in the conversation.

Metrolinx is actively seeking to diversify the range of partners for this program as well as the participants in the projects proposed. Metrolinx encourages projects that include or focus on those who may not usually be engaged in transportation-related initiatives, including but not restricted to youth, seniors, people with disabilities, and diverse cultural communities.

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Eligible Organizations

Applications will only be accepted from non-profit organizations.

Municipalities, organizations which already receive funding from other divisions of Metrolinx, and other government agencies are not eligible to act as lead on a proposal, although they can be listed as funding partners, stakeholders or collaborators.

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Criteria for Assessment

All applications to the Strategic Partnerships Program will be assessed according to the following criteria. Criteria are broken down into two categories: qualifications of the applying organization, and criteria specific to the proposed project.

1) Applicant qualifications

  • Is the applicant ideally or uniquely positioned to do the work proposed?
  • Does the applicant have a relevant mandate and a proven track record?
  • Does the applicant have an appropriate organizational structure and set of skills?
  • Does the applicant have a history of partnering with others (where appropriate)?
  • Does the applicant have the ability to manage the requested grant and the resources needed to carry out the project, demonstrated by:
    • a realistic relationship between the requested grant amount and the organization’s current annual budget; and
    • appropriate financial management policies and practices.

2) Project-specific criteria

  • How do the project’s outcomes support one or more of the goals set out for this round of the program?
  • How will the project’s outcomes directly benefit the GTHA?
  • Are there other stakeholders/partners involved in the project and what is the level of collaboration?
  • What is the likelihood of success for the project and that the proposed activities will lead to the outcomes sought?
  • Does the proposal include measurable targets/objectives so that project results can be checked against the proposal?
  • Does the proposal clearly identify the project’s intended audience and outline how this audience will be reached?
  • Is the project unique, and/or does it offer value beyond what is expected to be achieved by work Metrolinx is already doing in-house?
  • Does the project engage new and/or diverse audiences and if so, how?
  • Is the proposed project in line with the applying organization’s mandate, and does it support the existing work of the organization?
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How to Apply

The current round of applications will close on October 18, 2013.

Prior to applying, we encourage you to contact Dina Graser at dina.graser@metrolinx.com to discuss the eligibility of your proposal and its fit with the focus for this round.

Apply now using the online form.

If you are experiencing any difficulties submitting your application using the online form, please contact Mathew Bertin at mathew.bertin@metrolinx.com to ensure your submission was successful or to arrange an alternative method of submission.

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Community Partnerships

The Community Partnerships Program is designed to support local community-based initiatives across the GTHA in areas where transportation improvement projects funded by Metrolinx are underway. These include Metrolinx’s current major expansion projects, as well as GO Transit improvement projects along our existing corridors.

Funding of up to $1,000 per project is available.

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Eligible Projects

Projects will be assessed with regard to their potential suitability and effectiveness at advancing one or more of the following objectives:

  • Building communities that are pedestrian, cycling and transit-supportive;
  • Promoting or enhancing active transportation, carpooling, and other forms of transportation demand management;
  • Promoting education or dialogue about the role of transit and transportation; and/or
  • Beautification or safety initiatives in areas near transit stations or transportation corridors.

To be eligible, projects must:

  • Have a measurable outcome or deliverable; funding will not be provided to support the ongoing operations of an organization
  • Be non-profit in nature
  • Avoid replicating benefits or services already delivered by existing organizations in the same community, unless a clear justification for doing so is provided
  • Be proposed to take place within a set timeline

Metrolinx will not be the sole supporter of projects; therefore, evidence of other support for a project – whether in cash or in the form of in-kind goods or services – must be provided with the application.

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Eligible Organizations

Applications will only be accepted from non-profit organizations.

Municipalities, organizations which already receive funding from other divisions of Metrolinx, and other government agencies are not eligible to act as lead on a proposal (although they can be listed as funding partners, stakeholders or collaborators).

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How to Apply

The next deadline for the Community Partnerships Program is October 18, 2013.

If you’d like to discuss your proposal before submitting an application, please contact Dina Graser at dina.graser@metrolinx.com.

Apply now using the online form.

If you are experiencing any difficulties submitting your application using the online form, please contact Mathew Bertin at mathew.bertin@metrolinx.com to ensure your submission was successful or to arrange an alternative method of submission.

 

Rob MacIsaac Fellowship

The Rob MacIsaac Fellowship is a unique opportunity to develop and apply research in a public sector setting, and positively impact the region.

There are three fellowship positions available and can be in any area of Metrolinx. These positions start as research terms (from January to April) under an academic supervisor with a background in your area of interest, and is followed by a work term in a Metrolinx department (May to August) that will allow you to apply your research in a professional setting.

We are looking for candidates from all fields of study, with a fresh perspective and creative ideas related to transportation.

For more information and to see if you qualify, click here.

 
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