French Second Language Revitalization Program (FSLRP)

Under the Canada-Manitoba Agreement on Minority-Language Education and Second-Language Instruction, Manitoba Education and Training established the French Second Language Revitalization Program (FSLRP). Within the framework of this program, the department provides financial support, at its discretion, to the educational community for the implementation of projects that align with the goals of the FSLRP and with one or more of its educational areas as listed below. Financial support is granted annually based on demand and available funding.

Goals of FSLRP

Provide financial support for projects that ultimately aim to:

  1. Ensure the full implementation of the French Immersion Program and the successful delivery of French courses (English Program)
  2. Enhance linguistic and cultural identity of the students so that they can:
    • communicate with confidence and fluency in French in academic, cultural and social contexts
    • increase their desire to continue their studies in French and choose to use that language throughout their life

The strategic framework chosen by the Bureau de l'Éducation française Division to achieve the goals of the FSLRP is based on the following four educational areas:

  • Create a school setting appropriate for learning French – Ensure material and human resources are in place to support French language learning.
    • French educational resources, library books
    • qualified French support staff in the school
    • French divisional coordinator
    • French signage in the school
    • inclusion and appropriate support for all students
    • new French Immersion Program, new French courses (English Program)
    • etc.
  • Validate students’ linguistic and educational experience – Provide multiple opportunities for students to develop and strengthen their French language skills through a variety of social, academic and cultural contexts thus validating their linguistic experience. Develop students' confidence in the use of the French language; provide them with opportunities to assess their language skills and to celebrate successes.
    • academic and/or cultural field trips (include pre- and post- activities to maximize impact of language experience)
    • interactions with other Francophone or Francophile students
    • group of theatre, improvisation, book club, school radio, debate clubs
    • volunteering at school or in the community
    • etc.
  • Support educational staff – Support the professional development of teachers to ensure quality French instruction and an understanding of the philosophy and methodology of second language learning in order to develop and strengthen student learning.
    • professional learning community
    • mentorship
    • French courses
    • French professional development in all subject matters
    • professional development on second-language teaching methodology
    • networking and planning opportunities
    • etc.
  • Recruit and retain students in the French Immersion Program and in the French courses (English Program) – Heighten community awareness regarding the benefits of learning French to help encourage and maintain student enrolment. Encourage students to continue their studies in French and highlight how bilingualism is a viable option for their life, personal growth, future, etc.
    • information sessions or open house events for parents
    • information sessions or discussion forums on the relevance of French in their lives. Discussion with students regarding post-secondary studies, career opportunities, various French exchange programs, French cultural activities, etc.
    • visibility of the French Immersion Program on the school's or school division’s website and in the school newsletters
    • participation of families in the school’s or school division’s French cultural activities
    • appropriate support for students with learning difficulties
    • outreach to students from feeder schools
    • etc.

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Eligibility

Are eligible:

  • School divisions
  • Schools who offer the French Immersion Program or French courses (English Program)
  • Professional associations of teachers who offer French professional development to teachers
  • Non-profit organizations whose primary goal is to promote French language learning

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Selection Criteria

Applications received by public schools or school divisions will be prioritized for funding based on their correlation with the data of the French Language Education Review and the initiatives identified by said school or school division in the “Next Steps” section of the questionnaire.

Non-profit organizations, professional associations of educators, and independent schools will need to consult the Executive Summary and Provincial Report of the French Language Education Review in order to know more about the successes, challenges and goals of the educational community regarding French language education in Manitoba.

French Language Education Review

Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance of the project to the data found in the French Language Education Review.
    • Is there a correlation between the project and the initiatives identified by schools or school divisions in their questionnaire of the French Language Education Review?
    • Is there a correlation between the project and the data found in the French Language Education Review?
  2. Relevance of the project to the goals and educational areas of the FSLRP:
    • Does the project contribute towards reaching the ultimate goals of the PRFLS?
    • Do the project objectives correspond with one or more educational areas of the FSLRP?
    • Will the project (preparations, steps, sequence of events) effectively contribute to one or more educational areas?
    • Do the activities proposed in the project description help achieve the project objectives?
  3. Project benefits for the clientele
    • Will the project have an effective impact on the target audience?
  4. Performance targets and evaluation measures
    • Do the identified performance targets correspond with the project objectives?
    • Will the evaluation tool properly evaluate the performance targets?
  5. Finance
    • Is there an adequate cost/benefit ratio between the budget and the value of the planned activities?

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Conditions for Funding

  • The organization must sign a funding agreement (Adobe PDF Document 109 KB) and send it to the department.
  • Project activities must be conducted in French.
  • The goal of the project must address one of the following educational areas:
    • Create a school setting appropriate for learning French
    • Validate students’ linguistic and educational experience
    • Support educational staff
    • Recruit and retain students in the French Immersion Program and in the French courses (English Program)
  • The duly completed and signed grant application must be sent to the department by January 15.
  • The grant monies must be spent during a 12-month period starting July 1.
  • During those 12 months, the grant recipient will be required to submit
    • by January 31, an Interim Report that includes a financial statement showing the actual costs incurred from July 1 to December 31 and the estimated expenditures from January 1 to June 30;
    • by September 15, a Final Report that includes a list of activities and the number of participants, a project evaluation, and a financial statement showing the actual costs.
  • The organization must acknowledge the financial support of the federal and provincial governments through the use of the "Canada" and "Manitoba" wordmarks and, where space and circumstances allow, specific text that refers to the Government of Canada and the Government of Manitoba.

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Eligible Expenditures

Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:

  • the purchase of French signage
  • the purchase of educational resources and library books
  • a percentage of the teacher’s salary for the first year of a new French course (English Program) or a school’s new French Immersion Program
  • the purchase of educational resources for a new French course (English Program) or a new French Immersion Program
  • a percentage of a French divisional coordinator’s salary
  • transportation and accommodation costs of individuals providing educational activities
  • transportation costs so that students can participate in French cultural activities
  • the purchase of project materials, room and equipment rental
  • substitute costs for teachers participating in professional development sessions
  • fees for professional services

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Ineligible Expenditures

The following expenditures are not eligible:

  • transportation costs for out-of-province travel
  • expenditures already incurred or to maintain existing programs
  • expenditures relating to capital costs;
  • purchases of basic educational resources*
    *School divisions and independent schools are expected to use basic provincial funding for students enrolled in French Second Language programs. Grant applications must address needs not covered by that funding.

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Timelines and Installment Schedule

2016-2017 Projects
First installment – 50% Fall 2016
Interim Report Deadline: January 31, 2017
Second installment – 30% March 2017
Final Report Deadline: September 15, 2017
Third installment – 20% Fall 2017

2017-2018 Projects
Applications Deadline: January 15, 2017
Project analysis February-May, 2017
Response to applicants June 2017
First installment – 50% Fall 2017
Interim Report Deadline: January 31, 2018
Second installment – 30% March 2018
Final Report Deadline: September 15, 2018
Third installment – 20% Fall 2018

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Forms

2017-2018 Application for Funding

The duly completed and signed Application Form (MS Word Form 194 KB) must be sent to Manitoba Education and Training by January 15, 2017. Please note that the Word file must be sent electronically, the signed copy must be sent by mail. The application form must be signed by the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, President or Executive director.


2016-2017 Interim Report

At the beginning of December, Manitoba Education and Training will send a customized interim report to each grant recipient. This report must be completed and sent to the department by the end of January.

Generic version, Interim Report (PDF Application Form 608 KB)


2016-2017 Final Report

In mid-May, Manitoba Education and Training will send a customized final report to each grant recipient. This report must be completed and sent to the department by mid-September.

Generic version, Final Report (PDF Application Form 645 KB)

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Projects Selected

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Contact Information

For further information, please contact:

Danielle Parent
Education Officer — Official Languages Program
Bureau de l'éducation française Division
509–1181 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3G 0T3
Telephone: 204-945-6024
Toll free 1-800-282-8069, ext. 6024
Fax: 204-945-1625
Email: palo-olsp@gov.mb.ca

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