The Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund (AUSJF) was approved at our union’s 2008 Triennial National Convention and officially launched in January 2009.
General information on our Social Justice Fund can be found on this page.
Applying for Project Funding
If you are interesting in receiving financial support from the Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund for a particular project, click on the following links to download information. NOTE: Applications may only be made by members in good standing of the Agriculture Union.
Applications should be sent to the:
Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund Committee
c/o Rick Cormier
First National Executive Vice-President
233 Gilmour Street, Suite 1000
Ottawa, ON K2P 0P2
Goals of the Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund
In keeping with the labour movement’s historic and continued commitment to social and economic justice, the Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund is dedicated to building capacity in our communities and around the globe for people to participate and flourish fully in their daily lives.
Subject to review every three years, the AUSJF will support projects aimed at providing:
- access to affordable, safe food supplies;
- marketing opportunities for agricultural products;
- safe working conditions;
- access to quality education; and
- anti-poverty initiatives.
The Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund is governed by the National Executive and is fully transparent. A special Committee administers the AUSJF and approves specific projects and programs proposed by Agriculture Union members within the parameters approved by the Executive.
Members of this vetting Committee are drawn from both the National Executive and the National Council. Its current members are: Rick Cormier, Audrey St-Germain, Jacquelin Carrier, Karen Zoller and Larry Budge (staff).
The Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund entertains requests for funding in three distinct project categories:
One-Time Funding – This funding will be approved to meet a specific need or purpose. On- time funding requests may be considered for projects or organizations outside of the five mandates (e.g. disaster relief).
Short-Term Projects – Proposals will be considered for funding specific projects or organizations by providing funding for a period up to one year. Proposals for short-term projects must meet at least one of the mandates of the AUSJF.
Long Term Projects – Proposals will be considered for funding specific projects or organizations by providing funding for a specified number of years. Proposals for long term projects must meet at least one of the mandates of the AUSJF.