At OTIP we recognize that not all worthy causes are linked to registered charities. Within the education community, there are many member-led school projects or initiatives that support learning, provide an enriched experience or help those in need. OTIP Sponsorship of School Projects and Initiatives is an opportunity for our members to submit a video application to win $5,000 toward their project.
We received an overwhelming response to this program last year, and the 2017/2018 program will be even better. This year, we are very excited to announce that there will be eight prizes of $5,000 available to be won.
Who can apply
Any member of the education community in the Ontario Public, Catholic or French system can apply for funding for their project. Projects or initiatives must be shown to positively impact the lives of students or educators. Requests do not have to be linked to a registered charity. Projects that would qualify for funding include but are not limited to:
- School nutritional programs;
- Purchase of musical instruments or band equipment;
- New playground equipment;
- Environmental initiatives like gardens or tree planting;
- Art supplies or programs.
Funding is not provided for:
- Capital projects, such as school additions, replacing buildings or facilities.
- Administration or operating costs such as salaries, utilities.
The program is open from October 15, 2017 until March 1, 2018.
After the submission deadline, videos will be judged by an internal panel from OTIP. Winners will be announced in early April and the winning videos will be posted on OTIP.com.
Criteria and application process
Videos will be judged based on:
Project impact – who will your project benefit? Why is there a need in your school community for it? Try and feature the areas or people that it would be benefit whenever possible. Be clear and concise on how the project will impact your students or colleagues. Videos should be between 30 seconds and two minutes, so use your time wisely.
Creativity – the overall creativity of your video and how it is presented. Animation, stop-motion, visual effects and original music numbers are just a few ways to make your video stand out. Utilize your students, colleagues, parent council and community partners to be a part of your video to showcase how the $5,000 could make a difference.
Video quality – if you are using your mobile device to film the video, be sure to use it in landscape mode for best results. Sound quality is important. When recording your video, ensure that the audio is clear and that background noise is not interfering.
Other important things to remember when creating your video:
- Videos must be free of copyrighted materials and not use brand names or logos without permission.
- Copyrighted music cannot be used. Please choose music in the public domain or an original composition.
- Videos should not contain profane language or violence.
- Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and set to public to qualify.
Failure to comply with criteria and rules could results in disqualification of your video. Read the School Projects and Initiatives Sponsorship Rules and Regulations.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted online from October 15, 2017 to March 1, 2018. Before applying, ensure that your video has been uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and set to public. When you are ready, click the “Apply Now” button below to complete the form and submit your entry.