ATTENDANCE INITIATIVE FUND
2024-25 Project Funding Application
The Attendance Initiative Fund supports school and community-led projects that promote student attendance in the Yukon. Funding is made available each year to all Yukon schools. Funding is provided by Every Student, Every Day, a funding program operated by Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society, and by the Government of Yukon and other private sector and community partners.
The following individuals or groups are eligible to apply for funding:
- Schools, teachers, School Councils and School Boards
- Yukon First Nations governments or organizations
- Community organizations and student/parent clubs
In the 2024-25 school year, $400,000 will be distributed among the successful applicants. Applicants may request funding for more than one project, to a maximum of $25,000. Projects may receive partial funding, depending on the number of applications received. Successful applicants will be announced in April 2024.
If applying for more than one distinct initiative, applications must be submitted together and ranked in order of priority.
Six broad categories for proposals include, but are not limited to:
- Focusing on attendance issues – projects in partnership with the local community, or with families and caregivers, to support daily school attendance.
- Acting to improve attendance – materials and equipment for attendance projects (items that are not provided by Yukon Education).
- Monitoring and adjusting current attendance initiatives – tools and/or research to improve current attendance initiatives.
- Creating communication projects or products – schools and students sharing information about attendance issues.
- Fostering reconciliation with Yukon First Nations by addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action – working to enhance First Nations ways of knowing, doing and being to promote attendance and engagement in schools.
- Science, Technology, Trades, Engineering, Arts, Music and Math (STTEAMM) – working with students to apply their learning in real-life situations as a means to improve attendance and engagement.
- Mental Health Programs – strengthen mental health and wellness activities in schools to support student well-being and a positive environment that helps students to learn, grow and thrive.
Evidence suggests that projects have the greatest impact when they:
- are community based;
- are focused on student engagement;
- help build stronger relationships; and
- are evidence-based and linked to
Please note that the following types of projects are not supported by this fund:
- Cash awards for attendance or rewards-based programs for best attendance (distinct from most improved attendance).
- Projects that create a job position and involve paying an
- Projects that are not allowed under Yukon Education policies or Government of Yukon
- Projects that need multi-year funding or that repeat for more than two
- Large capital purchases, infrastructure or items/programs with ongoing operation and maintenance costs. These funds are for one-time projects and are not intended to support projects with ongoing or annual program/operating costs.
Notes regarding proposals for the purchase of information and communications technology (ICT) equipment or services for schools:
- Property Management should be consulted before you submit your application, to ensure building infrastructure and code requirements are considered in the installation scope of work.
- The director of IT Support Services (ITSS) or the director of Technology and Student Information (TSI) must be consulted before you submit your application, to ensure ICT and ICT infrastructure authorization requirements will be met.
- ICT is defined as and includes any network enabled device such as servers, computers, tablets, video conferencing equipment, networked printers, Apple TVs or ICT also includes any third-party intranet, extranet and/or internet-based tools, systems and/or services.
- All technology purchases must be done through Yukon ITSS and TSI provide approval and instruct you on how to procure and/or will provide procurement for you.
How to submit a 2024-25 funding proposal:
- Complete every section of this Attendance Initiative Fund project funding
- Submit your proposal by email to the Department of Education by 4:30 m. Friday, March 8, 2024. Email address: ESEDpartnership@yukon.ca