How to Apply

**APRIL 2020 DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 26 DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC. Applicants are encourage to apply for online training.**

Fund Policy and Forms

Applicants are strongly encouraged to download and review the Fund Policy and all relevant documents thoroughly and to contact the HTF Fund Administrator before applying. Application forms are now available in two versions: Individual (for individuals) and Group (for all other applicant types, e.g. non-profit organizations, First Nation governments, businesses).

PDF Files (non-fillable)

MS Office Files

If you are unable to download or open the files here, contact the Fund Administrator for paper versions: at 3126 Third Avenue, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1E7, or by phoning 867-667-4704.

For more more information on upcoming training opportunities click here.

What are the purpose and expected outcomes of the Fund?

The purpose of the Yukon Heritage Training Fund (HTF) is to:

  • Fund short-term training that will advance and enhance Yukon independent heritage sector workers, groups, and collectives of workers’ capacities to obtain or create employment.
  • Provide Yukon heritage sector employers with a better-trained labour force and enable them to reduce staff turnover.

Expected outcomes are:

  • To increase the number of people with the skills necessary to obtain work in heritage sectors;
  • To attract and retain heritage workers by providing them with funding assistance in order to access training opportunities critical for job satisfaction and labour market competitiveness;
  • To provide human resources that enable the Yukon to develop its heritage resources professionally and at a world-class level; 
  • To support training that increases opportunities for Yukon heritage workers to obtain employment and diversify their income in heritage sectors whether locally, nationally, or internationally;
  • To develop capacity and long-term sustainability in heritage sectors, providing Yukon heritage employers with an employable workforce trained to meet their needs.

Who can apply?

Both individuals and groups may apply.

Individual applicants may be any of the following:

  • Individuals aspiring to be engaged or already engaged in the work of a heritage sector, including full- and part-time employees, self-employed individuals, temporary or on-call workers, and students.

Individual applicants must:

  • Be Yukon residents who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants/permanent residents.
  • Be prepared and able to invest a minimum of 10% financial equity of the total eligible cash expenses.
  • Have received funding through the HTF for no more than one other application in the same fiscal year (April 1st to March 31st), including both individual and group applications.
  • Have no overdue reports or debts owing to the HTF.

Group applicants may be any of the following:

  • Businesses, groups of businesses, collectives, First Nation governments, not-for-profit associations, or organisations currently engaged in the work of a heritage sector or wishing to supply training relevant to a heritage sector.

Group applicants must:

  • Be operating in the Yukon.
  • Be prepared and able to invest a minimum of 10% financial equity of the total eligible cash expenses.
  • Have received funding through the HTF for no more than one other application in the same fiscal year (April 1st to March 31st).
  • Have no overdue reports or debts owing to the HTF.

What training is eligible?

To be considered eligible, the proposed training must:

  • Support the purpose and expected outcomes of the HTF
  • Relate to a heritage sector, including but not limited to:
    • Archives, museums, and interpretative/cultural centres, both physical and virtual
    • Oral history, traditional knowledge, and other intangible heritage
    • Heritage sites and built heritage
    • Archaeology and palaeontology
    • Conservation
    • Scientific research
    • Toponymy
  • Build upon the applicant’s existing skills and experiences or, in the case of group applicants, upon the applicant’s existing programs, services, and/or mandate, which relate to a heritage sector
  • Be offered by a qualified training provider (qualifications are not required to be formal or academic in nature)

Eligible forms of training include but may not be limited to:

  • Short, formal courses and workshops, whether delivered by distance or in person
  • Job-shadowing
  • Mentoring
  • Informal apprenticeships and internships
  • Combinations of the above

The HTF will fund courses that are part of a diploma or degree program, but will not fund an individual to complete an entire degree or diploma.

If you have an idea for training but are not sure if it is eligible, contact the Fund Administrator for assistance.

What training is ineligible?

Ineligible training includes but may not be limited to:

  • Training that takes place prior to the beginning of the month following the relevant intake deadline (i.e. May 1, August 1, November 1, or February 1)
  • Training that takes place outside the Yukon, where equal opportunities exist locally
  • Orientation to employer procedures and practices or other training usually conducted in the course of an employer’s business
  • Attendance at conferences and annual general meetings
  • Courses for the sole purpose of obtaining a diploma and/or degree (i.e. academic as opposed to vocational)
  • Casual or recreational training courses
  • Professional development courses
  • Training that is for-profit

What types of expenses are eligible for funding?

Professional Fees: Third party professionals providing a service to the project directly to project participants, e.g. guest instructors

Registration/Tuition Fees: Payments made to or for an individual participant for the purpose of procuring formal training provided by a training institution.

Honoraria: Services provided by third-party professionals or non-professionals with whom there is no service contract, e.g. mentoring.

Transportation: Personal vehicle mileage and commuting costs (public transit, taxi, etc.).

Travel: Planned travel costs provided to the participant as part of the project. Includes flights, per diems, accommodations, etc.

Dependent Care: Payments for professional child care services provided by a certified child care provider, paid either to the participant or directly to the child care provider. Dependent care can only be funded for unemployed individuals.

Incremental Supports: Any project-related supports required during the project that are specific to the project activity, such as books, supplies, safety clothing (required project costs other than tuition). Incremental supports can only be funded for unemployed individuals.

Disability-Related Expenses: Payments to support expenditures associated with a disability, whether the payment is made to the participant for the purpose or paid directly to the disability-related support provider, e.g. note takers, sign interpreters. Disability-related expenses can only be funded for applicants with disabilities.

Related definitions:

  • Disability: A physical or mental condition or health problem that restricts the performance of a person’s significant life activities for an extended period of time or on a recurring or intermittent basis.
  • Unemployed: Individuals who:
    • are not working at all (i.e. not in an employer/employee relationship and not self-employed); or
    • are working less than an average of 20 hours per week and are seeking full-time employment; or (in the case of persons with disabilities)
    • are unable to work full-time and are seeking to increase employment; or are in receipt of notice of imminent lay-off or must leave their current occupation

What expenses are ineligible?

Ineligible expenses include but may not be limited to:

  • Professional fees, registration/tuition fees, or honoraria requested through an individual application for training supported through a group application
  • Registration/tuition fees, transportation, or travel costs requested through a group application for unconfirmed trainees or trainees who would not be eligible as individual applicants
  • Professional fees, honoraria, transportation, or travel expenses paid to trainers from outside the Yukon, unless demonstrated as necessary to the project
  • Costs already supported by an employer or other revenue source(s), including grants and in-kind revenue
  • Supplies and materials such as textbooks, paper, pens, etc., except where approved for unemployed applicants
  • Purchase of equipment or software
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Facility and equipment rentals, other than vehicle rentals
  • Advertising costs
  • Refreshments provided during training
  • Student union fees or dues
  • Employee wages
  • Undefined budget items such as incidentals or contingency funds

How much funding might I receive?

The HTF will fund up to 90% of total eligible cash expenses. If your application is successful, the approved funding represents the maximum payable based on the budget you submitted. However, your final funding amount will depend on your actual expenses and other revenues.

Individual applications may be funded up to $3000 CAD, while group applications may be funded up to $5000 CAD. Exceptions may be considered under extraordinary circumstances and pending funding availability.

Applicants may receive funding for a maximum of two training projects per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31). If you are an individual applicant, please note this includes training projects funded through group applications in which you participated, if the project included registration/tuition fees, transportation, and/or travel expenses for you specifically.

Funding may be awarded for up to two trainees per institution per training opportunity, with additions considered based on course and funding availability.

If your project involves transportation and/or travel, you must provide a specific, dated travel plan in your application. Only the most practical and economic route and mode of travel will be considered when determining the funding your project is eligible to receive. Maximum eligible mileage expenses will be calculated based on current Government of Yukon rates and the approved distances included in Appendix A of the Fund Policy, while maximum eligible per diem expenses will be calculated based on a rate of $50/day. You may use higher rates, but will be responsible for covering the additional costs.

Funding committed for approved applications may be less than requested.

How can I apply?

To apply, submit the following:

  • A completed application form
  • A complete budget for the training project
  • For individual applicants, a minimum of one letter of support from a current or future heritage sector employer, or a heritage sector representative, outlining the applicant’s suitability to undertake the proposed training project. Government employees of any type must provide a letter from their supervisor confirming that the requested funding is not available through that government. This may be incorporated into a letter of support.
  • For group applicants, a minimum of one letter of support from a heritage sector employer, or a heritage sector representative, demonstrating demand for the proposed training project.

How will applications be evaluated?

Applications will be accepted at any time, with intake deadlines of April, July, October, and January 15 for quarterly assessments by the HTF Adjudication Committee.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The eligibility of the applicant and training project
  • The significance of the training project to the trainee(s) and Yukon heritage sector(s)
  • The ability of the applicant to realise the objectives of the proposed training
  • Evidence of the applicant’s high degree of commitment to one or more heritage sectors
  • Reasonableness of budget, including applicant’s contribution
  • Completeness of application

With reference to the above criteria, funding priority will be given to projects that will benefit:

  • First-time, self-employed, and unemployed applicants
  • Non-profit organizations
  • More than one individual or group
  • Underrepresented groups, heritage sectors, and/or communities

Contact

HTF Fund Administrator
c/o Yukon Historical & Museums Association
3126 Third Avenue
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1E7
(867) 667-4704
info@heritageyukon.ca