CGP Capacity Development
Throughout Cycles two to four, CUAI contracted with Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement to offer community capacity-building workshops free of charged to interested participants.
Tamarack is a charitable organization dedicated to helping Canadian communities take ownership of local issues by making use of proven strategies for community engagement. Community Engagement is commonly defined as citizens from different sectors of a community joining together taking leadership, to address issues that affect them all. For more on the open and custom services Tamarack offers, please visit www.tamarackcommunity.ca
Visit Tamarack Community for an article on the Calgary Urban Aboriginal Initiative and hear an audio file of interview with CUAI Director, Barbara Milmine.
Based on feedback from cycle five (2007), the community indicated that although the Tamarack workshops and CUAI staff support is helpful and beneficial. The need for a proposal development person who does outreach and mentoring to help mentor project and proposal development is identified.
As a result, CUAI was able to secure funds to hire a external consultant to support and work with applicants in cycles six and seven of the CUAI CGP. This support was well received by the community and resulted in capacity being built around proposal development.
Due to funding constraints, CUAI was unable to offer the support of an external consultant for cycle eight and nine. CUAI will continue to look for opportunities to support community capacity in this area.