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Science in Canada's North Café Scientifique Series




Once again, through the generous support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) is coordinating a nation-wide program to provide a forum for public engagement on research activities and science in Canada’s North.




The objectives of Science in Canada’s North Program Series 2014/2015 are to:

 Through Canadian science centres, lead an increased awareness of and provide a forum for public engagement on research activities and science in Canada’s north.

 Inspire Canadian of all ages with role models working in Arctic and Northern science.

 Strengthen capacity for science centres to execute programming aligned with their community needs.

 Provide a vehicle for northern science researchers to connect with the public about their work.

 Create an opportunity to evaluate Canadian’s attitudes, knowledge and increased interest in the issues, trends and opportunities taking place today in Canada’s north.

 Strengthen relationships between science centres, northern science researchers, and other partners.



The Program Series


Building on the success of the 2012/2013 Café Scientifiques Series, the 2014/2015 Program Series will continue to help Canadians explore the important issues facing Canada’s North.


The overall objective of connecting the public with northern science researchers will be maintained and Cafés may continue to be the format of choice. In addition, members may explore different models of engagement unique to them such as symposia and seminars to include Canadians in discussions. This will provide an opportunity to expand the reach of these discussions both geographically and to Canadians of different ages.


In addition to project grants, CASC will offer coordination and travel support for science centres to involve a recipient of The W. Garfield Weston Awards as administered by the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS) as appropriate.


Again, a peer-reviewed competitive funding process allowing science centres to apply for program funding will be used to execute these events.




Eligible organizations must be:

Full, Developing, or Affiliate members of the CASC, andRegistered charities or “qualified donees” under Canada’s Income Tax Act


How much funding is available?


Organisations may apply for up to $5,000 per program. Expenses must be justified in the budget.

Organisations can apply for a maximum of two events and/or programs.

The CASC has funding available to support up to 10 events in 2014.






How to Apply


Read the Application Guide

Submit a written application by email (PDF preferred) following the headings and questions in the Application Guide to

Your application must be no more than 5 pages long in font no smaller than 12pt.

Your application must be received in advance of the program for which you are seeking support.



Application Deadlines


Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis until April 30th 2014.

2014 Deadlines thereafter are June 15th, and August 31st.


About The W. Garfield Weston Foundation


The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a private Canadian family foundation, established in the 1950’s by Willard Garfield Weston and his wife Reta. In 1924 Garfield inherited his father’s company and during his life established bakeries and other successful enterprises throughout Canada and in many parts of the world. Today, these businesses include the George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited, companies in food retailing, processing and distribution. The founders believed that as the funds are generated through the hard work and success of these Canadian companies, grants should be given in Canada for the benefit of Canadians. For three generations, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has maintained a family tradition of supporting charitable organizations across Canada. Today the Foundation directs the majority of its funds to projects in the field of land conservation, education, and science in Canada’s North. In addition, it provides funds to further Canada’s research in neuroscience.



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For more information, please contact: 

Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC)

100 Ramsey Lake Road

Sudbury, Ontario

P3E 5S9


t | 705-522-6825