PIC Grants - Base Funding For Parent Involvement

Each school council receives $500 to assist with parent communication and other parent engagement efforts. Schools with both an elementary (grades 7-8) and secondary (grades 9-11) stream may receive $500 for each, for a total of $1,000.

The Ministry provides this money to the school board, which in turn gives it to the school principal to give to the school council. Guidelines state that this money is to be used for "mobilization and outreach" activities such as "broadening the number of school events that include parents" and "diversification of communication tools" used to reach parents. School councils are expected to "seek out the advice and ideas of other parents and partners" about how best to spend the money. The school council must approve all the expenditures for activities funded with this money.

The funds must be spent by the end of the school year. The Board will provide councils with a form for reporting back to the Ministry on how the funds were spent.  Visit the Parent Involvement Committee page on OCSB website for more information on PIC reporting.

Some ideas for spending this Parent Involvement funding include:

  •     Funding for a parent open house during education week
  •     A big event hosted by a family of schools (pooling funds and resources)
  •     Translation services for parents
  •     Interpreters for parent events and interviews
  •     Guest speaker or parent workshops
  •     Hosting a parent breakfast at school
  •     Babysitting during a council meeting, parent workshop or school event
  •     Purchase computer software for council activities
  •     To augment PRO Grant funds (eg. additional $ for speaker, food, etc)
  •     Door Prizes for parents
  •     Parent Resource Library (books, electronic resources, DVD's etc.)
  •     Taxi or bus fare to encourage parents to attend school event
  •     Refreshments for parent event at school (interviews, open house, workshop)
  •     Creating "Welcome Package" for new families

PRO Grants - Parents Reaching Out Grants

For the 2019-2020 school year, the Ministry of Education has allocated funding to the OCSB in place of Parent Reaching Out (PRO) Grant Applications. The PRO Grant program provides funding to the Recipient to work with parent stakeholder groups, school councils and/or Parent Involvement Committees to lead projects with a focus on the identification and removal of barriers that prevent parents and families from participating and engaging fully in their children's learning. The Recipient will use funds provided by the Province to lead projects that increase parent engagement.

PIC, in partnership with OCSB and CSPA, will be distributing the funding to the Family of Schools as an internal application process. Each Family of Schools is eligible to apply for funding of up to $1500 to bring on a speaker to engage parents in your community. We hope that with our earlier e-mail some of you have already reached out to your project partners to start the discussion. If you have not already done so, please speak with your Principal for assistance in contacting these school councils to coordinate.

Application guidelines are outlined below:

  • Funds are to be spent to bring in a speaker to engage parents in your community. This can be in the form of parent workshops, information sessions, and can be a single or multiple events.
  • Funds must be spent to increase parent engagement.
  • Funds cannot be spent to recover costs on past projects.
  • Only one application is to be submitted per Family of Schools.
  • The application date has been extended to Thursday, February 27, 2020.

For more information or assistance in funding ideas, please contact picchair.ocsb@gmail.com.

The Recipients must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Projects must be completed and funds spent by June 15, 2020.
  • Final project reports will be required to be submitted by June 15, 2020.

Making an application? Get started by following this link: http://bit.ly/OCSBapp2019-2020.