Joint Professional Development Fund for Manitoba History Teachers

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The Winnipeg Foundation will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2021. To mark this event Canada’s History is partnering with The Winnipeg Foundation, the Manitoba Social Sciences Teachers Association (MSSTA), and the Red River Heritage Fair to provide a new bursary for Manitoba teachers to access out of province professional development opportunities. These funds could be accessed to cover travel, accommodations, and program fees to attend a wide range of professional development opportunities.

This initiative represents an exceptional opportunity to build knowledge and capacity within the Manitoba history education community. There are very few opportunities for leading history professional development opportunities in Manitoba and this program can help inspire and train educators who will be leaders in the community for decades to come.

A total of $15,000 in funding would be available in each calendar year (2017–2021) — $10,000 for Manitoba Social Studies Teachers Association participants and $5,000 for Red River Heritage Fair participants. Any funds not used in the current calendar year will be carried over to the following year.

Over the five years $75,000 in funding would be awarded to support the work of exceptional history educators. All funding will be awarded for expenses before December 31st, 2021.

Application Information

Eligible Expenses and Activities

Recipients may request up to $2,500 for eligible expenses over the five-year term of this agreement. Recipients who receive less than the full amount may apply again in a future year for additional funds. Group submissions where costs are shared between multiple educators will also be considered.

Funding for educators can be requested to attend any out of province professional development opportunity for history teachers. Eligible expenses may include:

  • Travel (Air, Train, Mileage at Government of Manitoba rate)
  • Accommodations
  • Conference/Workshop Registration and/or Tuition Fees
  • Per diems for meals (Breakfast $15, Lunch $25, Dinner $35)
  • Substitute Costs

Educators will pay directly for their activity and will be reimbursed at the completion of the activity and after submission of the final report. See below for details.

Examples of specific professional development opportunities could include:

  • Overseas battlefield tours including the War and the Canadian Experience Tours offered by the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick;
  • The Juno Beach Centre annual Battlefield Tour and Summer Institute;
  • The Historical Thinking Summer Institute offered by the Historical Thinking Project;
  • The Association for Canadian Studies annual conference on Canadian History;
  • The National Council for the Social Studies annual conference

Professional development opportunities will be considered on a case by case basis. Proposals for professional development should have a strong history component. Applicants are encouraged to consult with MSSTA representatives in advance of submitting their proposal.

Review Process and Deadlines

Applications for funding will be reviewed during three funding periods throughout the year, with the funds rolling over into the next funding period if the money is not awarded in its entirety. Funding periods will conclude on January 30, April 30, and September 30. Submissions will be received at any time but will be reviewed within 2 weeks of the funding deadline. Funding may be requested for activities taking place up to 12 months in advance.

Application Process

To apply for funding, the applicant must complete the accompanying application form. The application form consists of:

  • Rationale for attending professional development activity and relevance to current history teaching assignment
  • Link to professional development activity website
  • An outline of anticipated costs
  • Signature of school administrator

Applicants must be an active classroom teacher whose course load includes the teaching of history. Applicants should also be a MSSTA member in good standing or a regular participating teacher in the Red River Heritage Fair.

All applicants will be reviewed by a committee of educators. Applicants who have been funded for an activity and who are unable to attend must inform Canada’s History Society as soon as possible so that the funding can be redirected.


Recipients will only be reimbursed on the completion of the professional development experience and after they have submitted their final report. This report will include an expense form and all applicable receipts. Recipients will also be asked to either write a 250–500-word article about their experience that will be shared through the MSSTA journal and website, or attend a MSSTA/Red River Heritage Fair Executive meeting and make a 5-minute presentation. Each recipient may also choose to give a workshop at the annual MSSTA Professional Development Day to share their experiences.

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