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Canada Revenue Agency Launches New Call for Proposals for the Charities Partnership and Outreach Program

Canada Revenue Agency Launches New Call for Proposals for the Charities Partnership and Outreach Program

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/07/08 -- The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is calling for proposals under the Charities Partnership and Outreach Program, a contribution funding program that supports the development and delivery of innovative compliance-related education and training projects designed specifically for the charitable sector.

Under the program, contribution funding is available to registered charities and non-profit organizations serving the charitable sector in Canada to support projects designed to increase charitable sector compliance. Organizations are able to receive funding of up to $500,000 per year, to a maximum of two years per multi-year project.

The program's funding priorities for 2008-2009 are based on the results of the Small and Rural Charities Initiative. They are:

- projects that focus on the development of tools designed to assist small and rural charities in locating and/or accessing local, regional, and/or provincial information/resources intended to support charities in meeting their regulatory obligations under the Income Tax Act;

- projects with broad national application designed to raise the awareness and capacity of boards of directors regarding their compliance obligations under the Income Tax Act; and

- projects that foster collaboration with other registered charities to increase the ability of small and rural charities to meet their obligations under the Income Tax Act.

Recipients are selected by the CRA in consultation with members of the voluntary sector and other government departments. Since the program's inception in 2005, six projects have received more than $4.5 million in contribution funding.

For information relating to eligibility criteria for funding, funding priorities, and summaries of funded projects, visit the CRA's Charities and Giving Web site at www.cra.gc.ca/charities, or call 1-800-267-2384.

Related announcements:

News release: Minister O'Connor welcomes recommendations from the small and rural charities consultation initiative (June 26, 2008) (http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/newsroom/releases/2008/jun/nr080626-e.html)

News release: Government contributes more than $2.9 million for innovative programs to help charities (May 12, 2008) (http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/newsroom/releases/2008/may/nr080512-e.html)

Contacts:
Canada Revenue Agency
Beatrice Fenelon
Media Relations
613-941-6269

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